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Forum topic by leftcoaster posted 01-02-2016 10:39 PM 2124 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-02-2016 10:39 PM

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I’m thinking seriously of purchasing a planer from Cutech. They have several models and no easy-to-understand feature comparison chart.

Has anyone here done the due diligence to work out what you gain with each step up in price? I know they have more depth stops and bigger posts. I’m just not qualified to determine how much I’d need/value these things as a hobbyist who has never touched a planer before.

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#1 posted 01-03-2016 03:46 AM

The H on the model # indicates helical head. However the Cutech and Steel City planers are not truly spiral or helical heads. They are correctly classified as segmented cutterheads (often Accuhead style). They take 2-sided HSS inserts, compared to the 4-sided carbide inserts on Shelix heads.

Carbide inserts are available for those machines, which last a lot longer than HSS. Fine Woodworking did a review of the Accuhead style machines and they cut well, but tearout was no better than straight knives.

I mill a lot of figured oak so I use a Shelix head which is superb.

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

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#2 posted 05-18-2016 05:41 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

-- CustomsByQ

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