MARTIN has been offering cutterheads with individual, spirally arranged rows of knives since 2011. What was viewed sceptically in the beginning has become a serious alternative to the established systems in recent years. Intensive research and development in tool geometry have led to perfection: the MARTIN Xplane cutter-head with three rows of knives.
Woodworkers know that a shear cut is far better than a straight cut. Especially on figured woods or woods that are difficult to plane, e.g. birdseye maple, the Xplane cutterhead provides impressive results. With the perfect layout of the three rows of knives tear-outs in the material are reduced to a minimum or even eliminated com-pletely. This reduces costly extra work quite common on planed surfaces.
When designing something like the Xplane cutterhead, not only should the alignment of the knives and the number of rows be considered, but the shape of the individual knives should also be factored. With the XS (eXtra Sharp) cutter, MARTIN offers a specifically sharpened staggered knife. This results in smooth, barely perceptible transitions between the individual knife marks, a perfect planing depth, a remarkably light cutting pressure and reduced chip size.