JET Tools JWP-15DX Stationary Planer Learns from Benchtop Planers
posted on April 1, 2008 by Chris Marshall
2008 Price: $1,249 Phone: 800-274-6848 Knives: 3 steel, self-indexing Planing Capacity: 147⁄8"W x 6"H Speed Settings: 16 or 20 FPM Overall Bed Length: 48" Average Snipe: .0024" Weight: 475 lbs 2008 Price: $1,249
Phone: 800-274-6848
Knives: 3 steel, self-indexing
Planing Capacity: 147⁄8"W x 6"H
Speed Settings: 16 or 20 FPM
Overall Bed Length: 48"
Average Snipe: .0024"
Weight: 475 lbs

JET has incorporated the best feature of benchtop planers into their JWP-15DX Planer: quick-change, self-indexing knives. It’s a stroke of genius in my book. You’ll never face the hassle of tweaking jack screws, retightening gib bars or correcting uneven knife settings with this cutterhead. Swapping knives is a breeze. Simply unbolt the top plate, remove two steel bars over each knife, and lift the knives out with the included magnetic knobs. The knives have two slotted holes that fit over a pair of pins on the cutterhead, which registers them automatically. They shift left and right slightly to adjust for nicks. I removed and replaced one of the knives in less than five minutes flat. These knives are also double-edged and disposable. They cut clean, smooth surfaces on the test lumber at both speeds, and chip collection was quite tidy.

Jet planer gearbox speed change knob The planing speed on the JET planer can be simply set by pushing or pulling the gearbox knob.

I was less impressed with the steel-frame, roller support tables. They were finicky to adjust level with the planer’s bed, but they do provide plenty of workpiece support once you get them set up properly.

Casters in the base make it easier to move this heavy tool around, and they lock with a foot pedal. The JET also sets the low bar of pricing for the group at $1,249. Given its easy knife changing and an attractive price, the JWP-15DX has a leg up on its similar cousins in this test.

posted on April 1, 2008 by Chris Marshall
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