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Powermatic® 15'' Planer w/Byrd SHELIX Helical Cutterhead

Item #
36345
Rating:
98% of 100

The helical cutterhead on this planer provides smoother cutting and a finer finish than conventional knives, and the 74 four-sided indexable carbide knife inserts do not require adjustment after installing. Three V-belts transfer maximum power from the 3HP motor to the cutterhead. Your workpiece will get substantial support from the precision ground cast iron table and two large extension wings. The 4" dust port angles the collection hose away from the work area. Stock return rollers atop the machine speed repetitive cuts. The serrated steel infeed and smooth steel outfeed roller allow for 1/8" maximum depth of cut and trouble-free operation. A 2-speed gearbox features an automatic chain tensioner. The one-piece welded steel stand has built-in lockable casters for easy movement around the shop.


Features:
  • The Byrd® helical cutterhead with 74 four-sided knife inserts provides smoother, quieter cutting and finer finish than conventional systems
  • Powerful 3HP TEFC motor controlled with a magnetic switch for safety
  • Three V-belts transfer maximum power to the cutterhead
  • Serrated steel infeed roller and smooth steel outfeed roller allow for 1/8" maximum depth of cut and trouble free operation
  • Large cast iron handwheel positions table quickly and easily
  • Large, precision ground cast iron table and extensions provide maximum workpiece support
  • Two speed gearbox features automatic chain tensioner
  • One-piece welded steel stand has built-in lockable casters
  • Steel top-mounted return rollers speed repetitive cuts
  • Angled dust chute with 4" port positions collection hose away from the work area while providing efficient chip and dust collection
  • Table locks firmly in place, preventing movement during cutting
  • Cast iron extension tables
  • Closed stand with built-in casters
(1) Powermatic® 15'' Planer w/Byrd SHELIX Helical Cutterhead
More Information
Brand Powermatic
Manufacturer Part Number 1791213
Weight 0.0000
Planer Blade Size 15"
Planer Cutter Head Speed 4500 RPM
HP 3 HP
Dust Collection 4" Port
Maximum Depth of Cut 1/8"
Number of Knives 74
4.8 / 5.0
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The machine itself works very well, and has plenty of power to meet the needs of my shop. The delivery was a bit of an adventure as the carrier was unwilling to venture onto my road. We were able to work out an acceptable way to get the machine to me. Please note that the manual states that it ships without a power cord. This is not correct. It does have a power cord, but there is no plug on the end of it
July 7, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Best cut ever!
Built a split-top roubo workbench and this planer cut the hard maple like hot butter. And the finish is like glass! One thing that I initially struggled with is that the head is fixed and the table is what moves. I've always used infeed/outfeed rollers to support long stock since I am typically working alone. The trick is to set rollers low for initial positioing and raise the stock up level until the planer has a firm grip on the stock. The long table is a big plus in this regard. Overall, this planer provides the best cut ever!
June 3, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
The planer worked fine right out of the box.
The helical head makes dust collection better and the finish on
the boards is almost like sanded.
Like how much quieter than my other planer.
May 15, 2020
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Very good machine, very smooth results
I have been using the planer for 2 years now, only had to replace2 cutters and the finish is super smooth. The only drawback (as usual) is that the maintenance items in the manual are very poorly written but actual maintenance (greasing and oiling) are quite easy to do
January 12, 2020
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
A great new planer ! !
I was reluctant to drop so much dough on a new machine.
After talking with several friends, I became convinced the helical, replaceable cutters makes a great deal of sense.
This is a SOLID machine, without any plastic. It is less noisy than my old DeWalt, which served me well.
This is a real planer, and will serve my grandson well!
November 20, 2019
Purchased
8 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Great Powermatic Planer
My new Powermatic planer works great. Very little snipe on in-feed side and no snipe on out-feed side.
Very quiet as far as planers go. Would recommend.
First board thru my new Powermatic planer was Honduran Rosewood.
Planer works great and quiet.
First board thru my new Powermatic planer was Honduran Rosewood. Planer works great and quiet.
November 15, 2019
Purchased
8 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
The planed surfaces are outstanding and the machine is relative quiet. I previously had a bench-top planer which was so loud I needed ear plugs to use it. I would recommend a digital readout, essential to return to a previous thickness. The existing scale is too difficult and inaccurate to use. A soft start motor would be an improvement.
January 24, 2019
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
15 inch powerematic planer experience
Within two hours I was planing wood. It is smooth quiet and powerful. It gets up to speed within a second of being turned on. Well designed machine. I will be buying a dust collector soon for the chips.
April 15, 2017
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Happy. With new planer
Quiet operation, solid construction and a glass cut right out of the crate. Very pleased with this unit. Also bonus was it came about a week sooner than expected! Definitely reccommended.
December 30, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
So far it's great . Had a Grizzly , which I had no problem with but this ones better. It's quieter, and cuts cleaner. If there's any draw back it's the mobile base. It only rolls forward and back, no turning. I have a small shop and movement is important . The wheel locks don't work well either , but the machine is so smooth it's not going to roll anyway . If I was to buy another plainer which I don't think I'll need, I would buy this one again.
May 18, 2015
Purchased
over 5 years ago
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
I work with hardwoods, and need a machine that can handle the work load.I have used a Dewalt planer with a Shelix cutter head which gives good results, but isn't up to the demands of my shop. it was time to move up to a more capable machine.
leon v on May 18, 2020
I have leaned that u get what you pay for and I hope this planer is as well built as the other Powermatic items I have already purchased.
Tommy L on Feb 14, 2020
I work with hardwoods, and need a machine that can handle the work load.I have used a Dewalt planer with a Shelix cutter head which gives good results, but isn't up to the demands of my shop. it was time to move up to a more capable machine.
leon v on May 18, 2020
15% discount and the internal wheels
Scott W on Apr 29, 2020
I have leaned that u get what you pay for and I hope this planer is as well built as the other Powermatic items I have already purchased.
Tommy L on Feb 14, 2020
Good brand; read reviews, should last me my lifetime.
DON T on Nov 26, 2019
top quality
ethan d on Oct 25, 2019
Seems like a real upgrade over my Sears Craftsman planer at a sale price. If I am going to upgrade my planer I might as well buy the best.
Daniel K on Oct 15, 2019
looked like the best quality one i could get
Lonny M on Mar 1, 2019
I chose this machine because of the benifits of the helical cutter head.
Harry C on Mar 24, 2017
Always have good luck with Powermatic. Just what we need as a small shop. Good price.
Larry S on Dec 8, 2016
15% discount and the internal wheels
Scott W on Apr 29, 2020
Good brand; read reviews, should last me my lifetime.
DON T on Nov 26, 2019
how many amps does the 15 inch HH draw?
Rich C on Mar 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Powermatic recommends a 30 amp circuit. The helical head takes less power, but it will depend on how deep a cut and the hardness of your wood. You might get by with a smaller circuit if you always make light cuts in softer woods. I personally would follow the Powermatic recommendation!
Where is this planer manufactured?
Todd R on Apr 2, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The country of origin is Taiwan
For the Powermatic 15" Helical planar, do you need to have a dust collector attached or can the chips will the chips eject out the angled 4" dust port without problems?
Howard W on Jan 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The chips will eject without problems. However, you may be surprised how many chips will come out and go everywhere. I always use a vacuum system and have no mess all over my shop floor.