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Forum topic by jtrill posted 05-07-2014 03:51 PM 984 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-07-2014 03:51 PM

I have come across a Powermatic 15 hh for sale for 1200. I have never owned a stationary planer, only used a lunchbox planer, but that was my next investment. The knives are still on their first side. In your guys opinions is this a good planer and is it a good planer for that price?


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#1 posted 05-07-2014 05:46 PM

Is that the newer one with the Byrd cutterhead on it? I’d check that over really good if I were you, considering they are selling a $3100 planer for less then half the price that would make me very skeptical, but suckers are born every minute.

-- Nick, “I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.” – Vincent Van Gogh

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#2 posted 05-08-2014 04:24 AM

Knives on the first side? Can’t see them being the originals on the first side for this machine, if they are the original and only one side used id pay what they are asking and walk away with a lifetime performer.


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#3 posted 05-08-2014 04:33 AM

jtill – do you have a picture or two of the actual unit you’re looking at?

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#4 posted 05-08-2014 03:45 PM

After looking at the another pic I found out it is the 15s not the 15 h. I didn’t realize that Powermatic was making another spiral head. When I first read it, I thought that the spiral meant helical. After more research I saw that spiral was different than that. With that said do you guys think that it still a decent buy. I was really looking for a helical head, so I’ve been trying to find a planer to buy and then swap heads, but really haven’t come across many near where I live.

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#5 posted 05-08-2014 03:52 PM

First, it is a spiral cutter, its the type where you had 3 blades that twist. That keeps the blades in contact with the wood and skew cuts. Very nice.

While not the replaceable 4 sided carbide heads, I think you should check the unit out. Bring a piece of highly figured wood with you. You will probably like what you see. OTOH, it will be noisier, the carbide cutters are quieter. But lets face it, a planer is not quiet no matter what.

1200 seems like a real good price, but obviously I would start at 800.

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