Machine of the Month: Panhans 436 Easydrive Thickness Planer

Machine of the Month: Panhans 436 Easydrive Thickness Planer 27.05.2018

As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of state-of-the-art woodwork machinery, Panhans’ Planer Series range is unmatched and is a proven favourite throughout the woodworking industry. More specifically though, the Panhans 436 Easydrive Thickness Planer is a superbly compact and reliable machine that offers a wealth of benefits to its users, so let’s take a more detailed look at this months ‘Machine of the Month’.

Machine Structure

Generally speaking, thickness planers consist of three elements; a cutter head that contains cutting knives, a set of rollers that pull the wood through the machine, and an adjustable table that controls the thickness of the board.

Characterised by a compact and robust steel construction, the Panhans 436 Easydrive Thickness Planer offers an extremely smooth and quiet method of operation due to the dynamically balanced cutter head. Not only that, but buyers are guaranteed long-lasting durability, as a consequence of high performance precision ball bearings and its maintenance-free structure. When operating, the fine-planed thicknessing table is vibration-free and non-tilting, due to 4 table spindles that ensure a perfect planing result every time.

With a planing width of 630mm and a powerful 7.5kW main engine, the key is in the name – Easydrive. The high performance main engine guarantees the highest takeoffs and the height adjustment is simple, owing to the positioning control function present on the thickness table. For multiple or continuous planning, the feed speed can be either set to a 7m or 14m/minute setting to ensure an efficient rate of planing each time it’s used.

How does it work?

Thickness Planers are most commonly used to trim wood to a consistent thickness throughout their length to provide a smooth, flat and even cut on both surfaces. When operating, thickness planers work in the following way:

  • The thickness table is set to the desired height, and machine is switched on.
  • Wood is fed into the machine until the in-feed roller begins to draw it into the machine.
  • The wood then passes under the cutter head, where the cutting knives remove material.
  • The out-feed roller then pulls the board through and ejects it out of the back of the machine.

Thickness planers are relatively commonplace within a wood workshop, which should come as no real surprise when considering the results after use. So, for anyone looking to achieve an even and smooth finish when cutting wood, there really is no better alternative than a thickness planer.

Investing in a Thickness Planer

There are a number of reasons as to why you should invest in a thickness planer, starting with the amount of time it will save to plane wood. In short, if you generally have to trim wood several times a week, then here are a number of reasons why you should look to invest in a thickness planer:

  • Time Saving – Thickness planers will save an enormous amount of time when compared to manual planing.
  • Consistent Cut – Thickness planers will give a consistent and efficient cut every time.
  • Money Saving – Thickness planers only need to be switched on when using, making it a cheaper method of trimming wood than hiring an employee to do the same.
  • Bulk Cuts – Thickness planers can handle bulk cuts of wood with consummate ease, and maintaining consistency throughout.

Although there are many other benefits to using a thickness planer, the main underlying benefit of investing in one is to ensure to deliver the best results possible when cutting wood. For more specific information and availability of our Panhans 436 Easydrive Thickness Planer, why not visit our range of Panhans Thickness Planers or contact us today.

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