Rounding out the test group is Steel City’s 40250. It features a digital depth scale that reads in Imperial or metric and can be set up several ways, depending on how you want to monitor stock removal. I appreciated that Steel City kept the manual scale as well — it’s located on the column like the General, Powermatic and JET planers. It’ll be helpful when the digital scale’s battery eventually peters out.
This planer performed exceptionally well in testing. Snipe never exceeded .003", and it all but disappeared on many passes. Very impressive for a machine straight off the shipping skid. Chip debris whisked away neatly through the left-facing dust hood and 4" port. It has three conventional straight knives and comes with a knife-setting jig and base casters. Here’s a tempting machine at a fair price.