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Forum topic by Nduetime posted 12-26-2015 05:54 AM 1148 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-26-2015 05:54 AM

I was interested in the steel city surface planer before those fizzled out. I’m now considering the Cutech planer since it seems every other planer is just a knockoff of the others. The cutech planer I’m interested in (40200hc-t) comes with the “spiral” head that I’d have to invest in if I choose to go a different direction.
I’ve read the limited reviews on the Cutech planers. Is there really any reason I should refrain from going with this planer? I’m asking because I’m not entirely sure what I’ve missed in my own comparison between it and the other contenders (delta, ridgid, porter cable.) I have reservations on the dealt models because of the quality/price ratio I ‘ve been reading. In all honesty, this is the reason I’m leaning towards the Cutech planer of the others.
I’m interests in guidance since I’m getting ready to make my largest (most expensive) tool purchase to date. I’d be interested in a good used machine but there’s not a lot of good buys here in central California without driving some distance for a mediocre machine.

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#1 posted 12-26-2015 01:38 PM

I’m not familiar at all with that planer, but the one thing I suggest you consider is the inserts on the cutterhead. They are 2 sided HSS. Personally I don’t think I would want that, since you will spend (it would seem) a lot more time rotating the inserts versus the carbide ones. At a glance that was my only reaction…..

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#2 posted 12-26-2015 08:44 PM

I’m with Fred I wouldn’t be much interested in inserts that weren’t carbide.

For a bench top planer I’d like to see Dewalt come out with option of have a factory install insert head in their 735.

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#3 posted 12-26-2015 11:13 PM

I have the SteelCity version and I am very pleased with it.

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#4 posted 12-27-2015 04:17 AM

So is your reservation about the planer solely the type of steel inserts? They sale carbide inserts. Of course, they’re not cheap but at least it’s a purchasable upgrade.
What are the other features like? I’m reading them and I’m just not sure how important they are?

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#5 posted 12-27-2015 04:30 AM

I’m using an old Ryobi 10” for commercial work and probably plane more boards in a month than most hobbyists will do in a year. Those straight, high speed steel knives will easily last a year between sharpening. I doubt the high speed steel inserts of the Cutech will be a major limitation for the average woodworker. They’d probably last around 15 months between rotations in a shop like mine. Perhaps 5-10 years for a typical weekend warrior.

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#6 posted 12-27-2015 03:13 PM

So is your reservation about the planer solely the type of steel inserts? They sale carbide inserts. Of course, they re not cheap but at least it s a purchasable upgrade.

Can’t tell who that question was directed at….in my case I haven’t seen that planer in person so will hold any opinions. But the carbide cutters would be a necessity to me.

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#7 posted 12-27-2015 03:40 PM

My understanding is the Cutech 40200hc-t is the same as the Steel City 40200h, I believe they made the Steel City planers, except it has a new improved cutter head.. I have owned a Steel City 40200h for 4 years and love it a lot quieter than the dewalts, and just rotated the inserts for the first time earlier this year. I have purchased carbide inserts but will not install until I wear out the HSS inserts first. You can purchase new carbide inserts from and very reasonable prices. I would have no problem buying the Cutech planner and they have free shipping for December.

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#8 posted 12-27-2015 03:49 PM

I plane a lot of rough, off the sawmill lumber and some reclaimed barn boards and haven’t had to flip my cutterheads yet and I have the Steel City 40200hc. It has worked well but eventually I had to upsize to a 20” but i still use the Steel City for smaller pieces where I definitely don’t want the steel roller marks from the large planer to show up.

I also see Rikon has a planer that looks exactly like the Steel City models. Not sure if it’s any different but I would be more inclined to go that route as they’re a proven company with customer support versus Cutech in my opinion.
The planers may be the same, but not sure how much infrastructure they have behind it to support everything yet.

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#9 posted 12-27-2015 04:14 PM

I have the Cutech bench top jointer. Little feller works like a champ. The spiral cutter head yields an excellent surface.
If you wish, you can PM me. I will give you a name and phone number for my contact a Cutech. He can/will give you any details that you might need.


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