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|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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Excellent benchtop planer that scores well on all aspects. Slightly cheaper than Makita and DeWalt competitors, while delivering the same quality results.
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Reviews and Videos
Instruction Video for the Metabo DH 330 by Metabo South Africa
Review video after 2 years of use
Review video after 2 years of use by youtuber Casual DIY.
Using the DH 330 without a jointer [German]
GoTools TV shows how you can flatten pieces of wood with the DH 330 without using a jointer. By using a hand plane in a smart way, you can achieve the results of a jointer with a thickness planer alone. In German.
Comparison with Triton and Makita [German]
GoTools TV compares the DH 330 with a Triton and Makita alternative. In German.
Upgrading the DH 330 with a Spiral Cutterhead
Tools4Fools shows how to upgrade the Metabo DH 330 with a Sheartak Spiral Cutterhead
Official page on Metabo's website
Official page of the DH 330 on Metabo's website
Spare Parts List
Exploded view of the DH 330 with part numbers.
Spiral Cutterhead Upgrade
Sheartak sells a spiral cutterhead upgrade for the DH 330
Official Manual [PDF]
The official manual of the DH 330 in several languages.
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All the specs and options for the Metabo DH 330 Planer
|Weight (standard configuration)||35 kg|
|Total height||579 mm|
|Total width||574 mm|
|Motor Voltage||1x 230V|
|Planer Width||330 mm|
|Max depth of cut||3 mm|
|Table length||840 mm|
|Max workpiece height||152 mm|
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Hi I have the metabo shirts 330 and have checked the brushes and now it won’t work, you can hear it try but that’s it, is there something I’m doing wrong when putting the brushes back in or just something else that’s just happened at the time is checking them. And advise would be helpful thank you