Hi all, I have a Jet JPM 13 inch planer. I would liketo purchase a set of carbide knives for, any suggestionson a good source/brand.
I get them from here ..........
I'm pretty sure he is looking for blades for a benchtop machine with disposable blades. The all carbide and carbide insert blades are usually for much larger industrial machines with gibs in the cutter head.
John White Shop Manager for FWW Magazine, 1998 to 2007
Ah, didn't realize that, John. I use carbide. I do not deal with boards exposed to metal at any point, and I loathe changing blades.
It's the Jet planer/molder.
You're right, I should have checked before answering.
In any case that machine uses 1/16" by 5/8" planer knives which I believe are too thin to replace with carbide tipped blades, the source listed doesn't stock anything that small.
The machine does come with a different set of gibs for mounting thicker molding knives but I don't think they are long enough for a 13" long blade.
Edited 4/8/2008 5:14 pm ET by JohnWW
Why do you want carbide knives? They are usually available two ways. Solid carbide and steel with a carbide edge. Solid carbide are the most expensive and vulnerable. Hit a nail and the whole blade shatters. The only reason to use carbide is for mineral laden woods like teak or epoxy laminations. HSS knives will give a nicer finish initially. Carbide will last 8 to 10 times longer. I think it's a bad excuse to try to avoid knife changing. It should only take 10 minutes to change thr knives in a tiny planer.
Schmidt is a good source and a place professionals buy tooling from. It's not going to be cheap.
My reason for carbide is that I have been working with some Ipe, Hickory etc. Not exactlyavoiding knife changes but would like some knives that will hold an edge longer thanthe stock knives that came with the JPM-13.
I'm not totally sold on carbide, but the tools that I own that are carbide I am happy with.Open to other suggestions.
In the future you need to give more info for a better answer. Can you provide the exact size of the knife blank you need??
I don't think you really need carbide. The stock steel knives are typically pretty low quality. Wisconsin Knife Works, Schmidt, or others are far better than stock knives. HSS will give a nicer edge initially. Carbide can last up to 8 times longer and will cost accordingly. It may not be available in your size.
We only used carbide on Teak or epoxy laminating because HSS would dull too quick. On the other hand knife changing on a tiny planer like that should be a 10 minute thing once you get the hang of it.
Edited 4/9/2008 9:26 am ET by RickL
Ask them through the Email on the site. (Not listed on the website but they are in their paper catalog.)
Product Catalog no.1 / 2007, page 71, for HSS is Part# PK-410-13, for $29.65, and for Carbide is PK-410-13-CT for $163.00 . Both are sets of 3 blades.
Thanks QCInspector just the info I was looking for.
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