Planing Machines

Rotoplane Rotary planing machines are the modern way to calibrate and prepare wood products for gluing or finishing. These versatile machines offer improved quality, productivity, and a significant cost savings when compared to conventional planing. Rotoplane machines feature a unique, patented planing head, which moves in horizontal rotation rather than vertical rotation as with the conventional planer heads. This is an important difference that offers many advantages. With the rotary planing, grain direction in the work piece is not longer a concern. Neither are resinous, knotty, or wild grain woods. You can now process cabinet doors, glued panels, can complete frame assemblies without fear of surface tear out. In addition, the shearing action of the planing head leave a smooth porous surface that is perfect for gluing . It is neither too slick, as with planing nor torn as with sanding. The result is tighter, stronger joints. The unique rotory head employs durable multi sided carbide blades which can be rotated 4 times.

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The rotor head rotates horizontally from left to right and works like a milling head. Very little force is exerted on the part being planed. Work piece KICK BACK common on conventional planers is totally eliminated on the Rotoplane system. The tool rotates horizontally from left to right and works like a cutter. Very little force is exerted on the part being planed. Work piece KICK BACK common on conventional planers is totally eliminated on the Rotoplane system.

FAQ
Why Use Rotoplane?

To process short parts: On the Rotoplane, the distance between the pressure shoe and the hold-down platten, after the milling knife, is less than 1″. Parts as short as 4″ long can be run without any problems. Limitations on Running Short Parts: The distance between the chip breaker and the pressure shoe on sanders and knife planers can be as much as 8″. This makes it virtually impossible, not to mention dangerous, to run parts shorter than 8″

Quality Glue-Joint Strength: The shearing action generated by the disk’s milling action, creates a porous wood surface. This allows the glue to penetrate the wood surface, and results in a superior glue-joint. Poor Glue-Joint Quality: Sanding/grinding the wood breaks the wood fibers. Gluing up on broken fibers creates a weak joint. Knife-planing can create a surface which is glass-like; this type of surface does not allow the glue to penetrate the wood. Both methods result in a poor quality of the glue-joint.

Planing Thin Parts: The Rotoplane system can be used to planning of thin parts. Parts as thin as 1/32″ can be planned without any snipe on the leading or trailing ends of the parts. :Limitation of running thin parts using the conventional method When thin parts are run through a conventional planning machine, there is always a tendency for the leading and trailing ends to have snipe. This is due to the distance between the chip breaker in front of the head and the hold down shoe after the planner head. No vacuum bed is required as the part which is being fed through the machine is captured between the feed belt and the platten/disk which is located in the center of the rotor.

Unparalleled Safety: The machining action which occurs during milling is from right to left, and minimal force is exerted on the part being machined. This makes the Rotoplane planer extremely safe to operate. Safety Concern: The direction of the force, exerted by either a cutter head or a sanding belt, is directly back toward the operator who is feeding the parts. This is extremely dangerous for the machine operators.

Low Tooling Costs: The Rotoplane system can run on one set of knife inserts for up to 3 months at a cost of less than $100/set. High Belt/Tooling Costs: Belt costs can run as high as $100/belt, and a belt might only last one day.

Low Energy Costs: Due to the momentum generated at the cutting disk (mass motion), less amps are drawn by the motors. This results in lower energy costs. High Energy Costs: A conventional cutter head generates little mass motion and high energy costs are the results. A great deal of energy is also consumed by the inefficient grinding action of a sanding belt.

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One-sided calibrating machine. For calibrating of wood products guide rails.

PATENTED PROCEEDINGS

The tool rotates horizontally from left to right and works like a cutter. Very little force is exerted on the part being planed. Work piece KICK BACK common on conventional planers is totally  eliminated on the Rotoplane system.

Spindle Arrangement:

  • Horizontal above – 5.5 KW (7.5 HP)
  • The cutting disks are equipped with throw away carbide tips. These inserts are installed around the circumference of the milling disk.
  • The distance between the cutting disk and hold down platten is extremely short.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Working width – 40 - 300 mm (1.5/16 to 12")
  • Minimum working thickness – 5 mm (3/16)
  • Maximum working thickness – 100 mm (4")
  • Minimum working length – 100 mm (4")
  • Thickness motor – 5.5 KW (7.5 HP)
  • Drive motor – .75 KW (1 HP)
  • Feed speed – 6- 18 m/min – 9 to 60 ft/min
  • Installed power – 6.25 KW
  • Required air speed – 30 m/sec
  • Thicknesser maximum chip removal – 4 mm (5/32")
  • Number of inserts – 28
  • RPM of Rotor – 2,900 rpm
  • Operating voltage – 460 Volts 60HZ
  • Machine Size – 32" wide 43" long 57" height

ABOUT

One-sided calibrating machine. For calibrating wood parts.

PATENTED PROCEEDINGS

The tool rotates horizontally from left to right and works like a cutter. Very little force is exerted on the part being planed. Work piece KICK BACK common on conventional planers is totally eliminated on the Rotoplane system.

Spindle Arrangement:

  • Horizontal above 15 KW (20 HP)
  • The cutting disks are equipped with 34 four-sided throw away carbide tips. These inserts are installed around the circumference of the milling disk.
  • The distance between the cutting disk and hold down platten is extremely short.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Working width 40-400 mm (1.5/16")
  • Minimum working thickness 2 mm (.080")
  • Maximum working thickness 120 mm (5")
  • Minimum working length 125 mm (5")
  • Thickness motor 15 KW (20 HP)
  • Drive motor 2.(3 HP)
  • Feed speed 6- 36 m/min
  • Spindle RPM 3067 RPM
  • Number of insert knifes per disk 34 four sided inserts
  • Installed power 17.2 KW
  • Required air speed 30 m/sec
  • Thicknesser maximum chip removal 4 mm (5/32")
  • Approximate machine weight 2,100 kg (4,620 lbs)
  • Operating voltage 460 Volts 60HZ
  • Electronic adjustment via LCD digital display for Thickness head.

ABOUT

Single sided calibrating machine. For the calibration of glued panels.

PATENTED PROCEEDINGS

The tool rotates horizontally from left to right and works like a cutter. Very little force is exerted on the part being planed. Work piece KICK BACK common on conventional planers is totally eliminated on the Rotoplane system.

Spindle Arrangement:

  • Horizontal above 21 KW (30 HP)
  • The cutting disk is equipped with 54 four-sided throw away carbide tips. These inserts are installed around the circumference of the milling disk.
  • The distance between the cutting disk and hold down platen is extremely short.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Working width 600 mm (24")
  • Minimum working thickness 2 mm (1/16)
  • Maximum working thickness 150 mm (6")
  • Minimum working length 125 mm (5")
  • Thickness motor 21 KW (30 HP)
  • Maximum chip removal thicknesser head 4 mm (5/16")
  • Number of insert knifes on disk 54 four sided inserts
  • Feed speed 20 - 120 ft/min
  • Drive motor 2 KW (3 HP)
  • Installed power 23 KW
  • Dust collection air speed 30m/sec
  • Machine dimensions length 102", width 85", height 87"
  • Approximate machine weight 4320 kg (9,500 lbs)
  • Operating voltage 460 Volts 60HZ
  • Electronic adjustment via LCD digital display for Thickness head.

ABOUT

One-sided calibrating machine. For calibrating of wood parts

PATENTED PROCEEDINGS

The tool rotates horizontally from left to right and works like a cutter. Very little force is exerted on the part being planed. Work piece KICK BACK common on conventional planers is totally eliminated on the Rotoplane system.

Spindle Arrangement:

  • Horizontal above 42 KW (60 HP)
  • The cutting disks are equipped with 81 four-sided throw away carbide tips. These inserts are installed around the circumference of the milling disk.
  • The distance between the cutting disk and hold down platen is extremely short.

OPTIONS

The 37T can come with a bottom head configuration and Sanding head after the top head.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Working width 40-950 mm (1.5 to 37")
  • Minimum working thickness 5 mm (3/16")
  • Maximum working thickness 150 mm (6")
  • Minimum working length 125 mm (5")
  • Thickness motor 42 KW (60 HP)
  • Drive motor 5.5 KW (7.50 HP)
  • Spindle RPM 485 RPM
  • Number of insert knifes per disk 81 four sided inserts
  • Installed power 47.5 KW
  • Required air speed 30 m/sec
  • Thicknesser maximum chip removal 4 mm (5/32")
  • Machine dimensions length = 114", width = 98", height = 87"
  • Approximate machine weight 8,500 kg (18,700 lbs)
  • Operating voltage 460 Volts 60 HZ
  • Electronic adjustment via LCD digital display for Thickness head.

ABOUT

One-sided calibrating machine. For calibrating of wood parts

PATENTED PROCEEDINGS

The tool rotates horizontally from left to right and works like a cutter. Very little force is exerted on the part being planed.

Spindle Arrangement:

  • Horizontal above 63 KW (85 HP)
  • The cutting disks are equipped with 108 throw away carbide tips. These inserts are installed around the circumference of the milling disk.
  • The distance between the cutting disk and hold down platen is extremely short.

OPTIONS

The 53T can come with a bottom head configuration and Sanding head after the top head.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Working width 40-1350 mm (1.5 to 53")
  • Minimum working thickness 5 mm (3/16)
  • Maximum working thickness 150 mm (6")
  • Minimum working length 125 mm (5")
  • Thickness motor 63 KW (85 HP)
  • Drive motor 7.5 KW (10 HP)
  • Spindle RPM 450 RPM
  • Number of insert knifes on disk 108 Carbide inserts
  • Installed power 70.5 KW (96 HP)
  • Required air speed 30 m/sec (120 ft/min)
  • Thicknesser maximum chip removal 4 mm (5/32")
  • Machine dimensions length = 142" width = 120" height 87"
  • Approximate machine weight 10,500 kg (23,100 lbs)

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One-sided calibrating machine. For calibrating UHMW and other plastic sheets.

PATENTED PROCEEDINGS

The tool rotates horizontally from left to right and works like a cutter. Very little force is exerted on the part being planed.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Working width 40-1320 mm (1.5 to 52")
  • Minimum working thickness 5 mm (3/16)
  • Maximum working thickness 200 mm (8")
  • Minimum working length 200 mm (8")
  • Thickness motor 63 KW (85 HP)
  • Drive motor 9.2 KW (12.5 HP)
  • Spindle RPM Variable via frequency inverter
  • Number of carbide insert knifes on disk - 108
  • Required air speed 30 m/sec
  • Thicknesser maximum chip removal 4 mm (5/32")
  • Machine dimensions length = 142" width = 157" height 87"
  • Approximate machine weight 11,500 kg (25,300 lbs)
  • Electronic adjustment via LCD digital display for Thickness head.
  • With automatic positioning