The JET JWP 15B is the smallest of JET’s two stationary thickness planers. It comes in a version with straight blades (JWP-15B) and one with a spiral cutterhead (called JWP-15BHH, with HH for Helical Head). The JET JWP-208-1 is its larger brother.
The 15BHH has 4 rows of 48 spiral cutters, which can be removed individually and turned 90 degrees to use another one of its four sharp sides. It is also much quieter (almost 20 dB according to JET’s own tests). In addition, spiral cutters tend to also give better planing results, especially with twisting/difficult grain.
There are a few other differences between the two models. The Helical Head model is slightly heavier, probably because its infeed and outfeed tables are made from cast iron while those on the 15B are steel. The steel tables are also slightly shorter. The planer table is made from cast iron on both models.
Both models have two speed rates: 4.9 and 6.1 m/min (16 and 20 ft/min) which allows you to slow down when dealing with difficult grain or increase speed for higher efficiency.
Replacement Blades: It is a bit difficult to find straight replacement blades for this planer, but these Powertec blades on Amazon seem to be a perfect fit.
Solid planer, with the helical head model (15BHH) being the overall better machine.
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All the specs and options for the JET JWP 15B and 15BHH
|Weight (standard configuration)||130 kg|
|Total height||1219 mm|
|Total width||1181 mm|
|Motor Voltage||1x 230V|
|Motor Frequency||60 Hz|
|Extra Features and Options|
|Spiral Cutterhead / Helical Head||Option|
|Planer Width||381 mm|
|Max depth of cut||4.7 mm|
|Table length||545 mm|
|Max workpiece height||153 mm|
|Feed rate(s)||4.8 and 6.1 m/min|
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