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Forum topic by XquietflyX posted 12-29-2015 07:45 PM 1632 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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XquietflyX

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12-29-2015 07:45 PM

I’m looking for anyone with first hand experience with any of the Cutech 13” Spiral Cutterhead Planer’s.
I’m considering one because of the price point and “spiral cutterhead”. I know it’s not a true Helix type cutter but a hybrid.
I’m looking to use it to do a lot of wood reclamation.
Any first hand account are greatly welcome.

thanks!
-Chris

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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 12-29-2015 07:55 PM

Looks like a Steel City clone. I can’t speak from personal experience because I use a Shelix head, but I know they get pretty good reviews. For the life of me, I don’t know why those 2-sided cutter inserts aren’t carbide! Anyway that is easy to fix with aftermarket inserts… https://mywoodcutters.com/Box-of-10-CarbideKnives-for-Steel-City-Planer-40300H

I’m sure someone can give you a firsthand account of the planers performance. If not, perhaps read up on the Steel City 40300H
http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/6642

Good luck with your search!

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#2 posted 12-29-2015 08:28 PM

How do they define “spiral”?

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XquietflyX

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#3 posted 12-29-2015 08:30 PM

they define spiral like this
everything i’ve read is good, so i think i just might go for it!!!

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#4 posted 12-29-2015 08:40 PM

I wouldn’t hesitate, I think it would serve you well. FWW did a review of the segmented cutterheads, and while not as great with highly figured woods, they were quiet and performed well.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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eflanders

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#5 posted 01-01-2016 01:52 AM

I had one and recently sold it. It was quiet and cut smooth compared to my delta portable. I planed mostly cedar with mine but did run some exotics from time to time. I sold mine to get something bigger that would run on 220.

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Spunk4ya

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#6 posted 05-18-2016 05:43 AM

I have a accuhead for my Ridgid planer, swapped it for the 13” triple setup. Its not as smooth however running carbide cutters now for about 6 months, I’m really happy with the cut. The shinmax accuhea isn’t a true helical, more so it’s a segmented head (craftsman, Rikon, steelcity, cutech and General all use the same 2 cutter head)

I have found that I sand more to get the ridges out but the biggest benefit imo is if you knick a blade, you just spin the one damaged head around and you’re good as new. 26 cutters, 2 sides each sure seems more forgiving than a 3 knife, 2 side blade set…and the inserts are less than 2.50 each!

I’d love to hear how you guys decided but also what luck you have. Q

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#7 posted 05-18-2016 01:29 PM

I have the Cutech 6” jointer that has the same type of head. It cuts extremely well and smooth. It’s not a high-end product but seems to handle everything I’ve given it so far. I know this doesn’t really help with the “planer” questions but the head you’re talking about seems to work really good on the jointer.

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Bill White

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#8 posted 05-18-2016 02:18 PM

The 6”jointer here as well. Good machine for small jobs.
Cutech does have carbide cutters. Order them direct from Cutech 901-485-1749. Doug Davenport is the contact.
Bill

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