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Type of machine

Planer

Manufacturer

Metabo

Designed in

Germany

Production status

New

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  • Metabo DH 330 Benchtop Planer
  • Metabo DH 330 Front View
  • Metabo DH 330 Side View
Specifications
Planer width: 330 mm Power: 1800 W
Max depth of cut: 3 mm Table length: 840 mm
Max workpiece height: 152 mm Feed rate(s): 7m/min
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The Metabo DH 330 is a benchtop thickness planer. The 330 in the name stands for the maximum width of stock it can handle, namely 330 millimeters. This width is also one of its main selling points, as this is more than you would find on most jointer planer combos for hobbyists.

Motor and Power

The DH 330 has a relatively powerful motor at 1800 Watts. This is comparable to other machines at this price level, like DeWalt’s DW733 and Makita’s 2012NB. It is quite a bit more than the cheapest thickness planers. This means it will do fine with even the most challenging wood types. The motor is brushed, so do expect it to be quite loud.

Spindle Lock

It has a few features that you might not find on other thickness planers. These include a spindle lock, which ensures that once set to a certain height, the spindle will not move at all. Planers that lack this lock can move a little upwards or sideways due to the pressure of the wood, which makes it hard to always get the same straight and equal height of cut.

Spindle Lock
The red lever locks the spindle

Depth of Cut Indicator

Another useful feature is the depth of cut indicator at the front. This shows exactly how much you’re taking off on each pass, which is much more convenient than having to measure this yourself. It’s also safer as you’re less likely to take off a big chunk accidentally.

Depth of Cut Indicator
Depth of Cut Indicator

Cutting Height Lock

The DH 330 also has a cutting height lock. This allows you to have a consistent height for all your pieces of wood, even if you lower the cutterblock in the meantime. This is especially helpful when making many pieces of the same height.

Cutting Height Stop
Max Cutting Height for repeatable cuts

Reversible vs Resharpenable blades

There are two blades in the cutterblock and they are of the reversible type. This means you cannot resharpen them, but they have two sharp edges and you can simply turn them around when the first side gets dull. You can however purchase a separate set of resharpenable blades if you prefer those.

Replacement Blades: You can find replacement blades at several stores, for example on Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, or slightly cheaper on Ebay.

Infeed and Outfeed table adjustment

The main table is made from cast aluminium. The infeed and outfeed table can be fine adjusted using special set screws (see image). This helps minimize snipe, although some snipe is inevitable with this type of planer (all benchtop planers have snipe, some just have it worse than others). The combined length of the tables is 840 mm.

Fine adjustment screw
Fine adjustment screws for leveling the tables

Dust extraction

Dust extraction is essential on a planer due to the large number of chips created. A useful feature of the Metabo is that it has a double sized dust extraction port, which allows for both a standard shop vac and a larger 100 mm diameter HVLP dust extractor to be added. The latter is recommended, especially if you take deeper cuts.

Machine Atlas Verdict

Excellent benchtop planer that scores well on all aspects. Slightly cheaper than Makita and DeWalt competitors, while delivering the same quality results.

Value for money

A

Quality

A

Where to Buy

What we don't like

  • Plastic materials used look a bit cheap
  • Still some snipe on most cuts

What we like

  • Solid build quality
  • Powerful motor
  • Spindle lock to prevent height movement during operation
  • Special depth of cut indicator
  • Relatively affordable

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£631.55
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Detailed Specifications

All the specs and options for the Metabo DH 330 Planer

General
Weight (standard configuration)35 kg
Total height579 mm
Total width574 mm
Motor
Motor Voltage1x 230V
Planer
Planer Width330 mm
Max depth of cut3 mm
Table length840 mm
Max workpiece height152 mm
Feed rate(s)7m/min

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