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Forum topic by Jack Dalton posted 02-26-2015 07:59 PM 826 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-26-2015 07:59 PM

At Christmas time I was looking at the Steel City helical planer with the extra set of carbide inserts. The budget didn’t allow it at that time but now I am back in the market. Going to the Steel City site I don’t see it listed.
In the interim I see that Rikon now has one, but it does not list having the carbide inserts.
What is the current thinking on these machines?
Is the Steel City still available with the carbide inserts and are they available for the Rikon?

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#1 posted 02-26-2015 09:40 PM

I called Steel City and learned they discontinued the 4300 series and will come out with the 4305 in mid March. What was wrong with the first unit?

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#2 posted 02-26-2015 09:56 PM

Jack, your second post got cut off, I think. How did they answer your question about what was wrong with the 4300?

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#3 posted 02-27-2015 12:48 AM

I didn’t think to ask them, I thought I would ask the experts at LJ. I will call them again tomorrow to ask.

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#4 posted 02-27-2015 04:36 AM

Highland woodworking list the planer as high speed steel cutter, but they included set of carbide cutters.

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/steelcityportableplaner13helicalheadcarbide40300CH.aspx

But notice they have sold out. Might find someone who might still have one in stock, but suspect better to wait for new model.

Can’t decide if helical cutter is worth the cost for me. So I just run over to Pete’s and use his 15 inch Grizzy.

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#5 posted 02-28-2015 12:28 PM

Jack, were you able to call Steel City yesterday to get the reason for discontinuing the 4300?

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#6 posted 03-11-2015 01:22 AM

Well, the search continues. I called Steel City to ask why they discontinued the planer. The answer was vague, but it came down to the quality of the results. They said they are reengineering the cutter head to double the number in each row and make them larger. They expect it to be available in a couple of weeks.
In speaking to Mike at Woodcraft he pointed out that the reason the helical heqd works so well is that it cuts on the skew.
Which leaves the question: are these planers really better for figured hardwood? I have put my decision on hold until I can determine what will be best for the hard maple I love to build with.

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#7 posted 03-11-2015 01:35 AM

Are there any lunchboxes that have stock helical (as opposed to segmented) cutterheads? I haven’t seen any in my (ongoing) shopping phase. I’m assuming that you’d have to buy your planer of choice and then double the cost with a Byrd head.

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#8 posted 03-11-2015 01:59 AM

There is none. You are right.

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