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Shop Fox offers 15” planer with helical cutterhead


The new Shop Fox 15” 3-hp planer, model W1863, from Woodstock International is loaded with features and designed to produce ultra-smooth finishes, even on figured grain, according to the company.

A key feature is the planer’s four-flute, 3”-diameter helical cutterhead with 52 four-sided carbide inserts, according to product manager Pat Raynor. This makes it ideal for cabinet and furniture parts, as well as musical instrument components, laminated glue-ups and other delicate pieces.

“Our goal was to make a top of the line, full-feature 15” machine with the latest and greatest cutterhead. I think this fills the need in a shop setting as an everyday project machine,” says Raynor.

“The helical cutterhead gives it the smooth finish and the quiet operation that makes it nice to have at your shop. If you are using brittle wood like maple or birch, the helical head is obviously an important feature.”

The planer has a two-speed gear box for automatic rollers to run at 16 and 20 feet per minute. It has a 15” x 48” cast iron table with extension wings. The maximum cutting height is 6”.

“This also cuts down to a minimum stock thickness of 3/16”, which is pretty thin for 15” planers,” adds Raynor.

Other features include a magnetic switch for overload protection, depth scales in both inch and metric, a pedestal-mounted control panel, and a 4” dust port.

The planer sells for $2,795.

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This article originally appeared in the June 2020 issue.

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