The Hammer A3 26 is the smallest jointer planer of the Hammer A3 series. The 26 in its name stands for the maximum jointing width: 260 mm. Its larger brother is the Hammer A3 31.
In its base form it comes with a 3-knife, quick-change, self-adjusting cutter block. This can be upgrade to a so-called ‘Silent-Power’ cutter block, which has spiral cutters and is — as the name suggests — much quieter. In this video you can see the difference in sound it makes.
The Silent-Power block has spiral cutters, which is actually 39 small blades lined up in a spiral form. These blades have four sharp sides, meaning you can simply unscrew them, turn them around 90 degrees and use the next sharp side. Another benefit of this is that when you nick the blade, you don’t have to resharpen the entire blade, just turn one small one.
The A3 26 is only available in a 1x 230 V 1600kW version, making it clear that it is aimed more at hobbyists than professionals. It is also possible to attach a mortiser to the side of the machine.