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Type of machine

Planer

Manufacturer

JET

Designed in

United States

Production status

New

Prices from

$719.99 – $743.82

  • Jet 13 Benchtop Planer Helical Style
  • Jet 13 Benchtop Planer Helical Style Closed
  • Jet 13 Benchtop Planer Helical Style Side View
  • Jet 13 Benchtop Planer Helical Style Box Contents
  • Jet 13 Benchtop Planer Helical Style Height Adjustment
  • Jet 13 Benchtop Planer Helical Style Action
  • Jet 13 Benchtop Planer Helical Style Cutters
Specifications
Planer width: 339 mm Power: 1500 W
Max depth of cut: 3 mm Table length: 249 mm
Max workpiece height: 152 mm
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The Jet JWP-13BT is a new 13-inch benchtop planer which has as its main feature a helical-style cutterhead. It also has cast-iron tables, which Jet argues cannot be found on any other benchtop planers.

Helical-STYLE Cutterhead

I’ve put emphasis on the word style, because the JWP-13BT does not actually have a helical cutterhead. It has a version that is somewhere in between standard straight blades and actual helical heads.

Instead of 2 or 3 straight blades, it uses 6 rows of 24 individual cutters. However, these are different from helical cutters, which are positioned in a spiral shape (on the Jet, they are just straight rows). Helical cutters are also almost always made from carbide, not HSS, like on the Jet, and they have four sharp sides, whereas the JWP-13BT’s cutters only have two sharp sides.

Jet 13 Benchtop Planer Helical Style Cutters
The individual cutters

This means that the JWP-13BT does have the advantage of easily replaceable cutters, and easy calibration of the blades. But it lacks the durability (four sides + carbide means the cutters last much longer), reduced noise, and cut quality on actual helical heads.

That said, it is still an upgrade over traditional straight blades, just not as much as the term helical-style cutterhead suggests.

Replacement Blades: If you need to replace some of your individual cutters, you can find new ones here on Amazon. They are sold in packs of 10.

Machine Atlas Verdict

Decent machine that would be better if it actually had a proper helical cutterhead.

Value for money

B

Quality

B

What we don't like

  • Individual cutters are not actually helical head style
  • Don’t get all the upgrades that you would get from aftermarket cutterheads like Shelix

What we like

  • Sufficient power
  • Wide planing capacity
  • Individual cutters are an improvement over standard blades

Prices

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$719.99
$743.82
United States

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Detailed Specifications

All the specs and options for the Jet 13″ Helical Style Benchtop Planer JWP-13BT

General
Motor
Motor Voltage1x 115V
Planer
Planer Width339 mm
Max depth of cut3 mm
Table length249 mm
Max workpiece height152 mm

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