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Forum topic by Jack Dalton posted 12-13-2014 05:43 PM 1010 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jack Dalton

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12-13-2014 05:43 PM

I’m interested in the helical cutter head planer from Steel City. I see there are two models, 40-200h and 40-300H but cannot determine the difference. Is it possible one is with carbide inserts?
Does anyone have real- world experience with this unit?

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#1 posted 12-13-2014 06:00 PM

Jack: on Amazon someone reviewed the 40200 and said this.

How does 40300 compare to the 40200 steel city planer. Has anyone had any experience with either of these as it seems all reviews on the web are dated
A: In addition to the points made by R. Cohen the 40200 has inserts with four cutters in the spiral cutterhead instead of the two cutter inserts of the 40300. This means that you have twice as much cutter capacity with the 40200. By that I mean you can rotate each individual cutter four times instead of only two with the 40300. The 40200 is a very sturdy and heavy machine and appears to be well made. I evaluated both machines and am impressed with the 40200 and am glad I chose it even though it does cost more.

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#2 posted 12-13-2014 06:05 PM

Jack Highland woodworkes

shows a 40-300 but they are giving a free set of Carbide inserts worth 120.00

Their main page for Steel CIty Planers

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#3 posted 12-13-2014 07:39 PM

Notice the cutter head is not spherical. Cutters do not twist around the drum. At least they appear to be in a straight line along drum. Not sure if that makes much of a difference, other than keeping costs down?

On the other hand, I have become very spoiled in using the big boy tools of floor planer and 8 inch jointer…. so when in doubt, borrow a shop…

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