Are you considering getting the Shop Fox W1865—20″ Planer with Helical Cutterhead, 5HP? Looking for the perfect planar requires that you know the factors that will influence how you work, such as the type of wood and the size. Knowing this will help you get the right tools. 

The  W1865—20″ Planer with Helical Cutterhead, 5HP, is a powerful planing machine, that can be used even on the toughest hardwood. This 20-inch state of the art planer has a powerful 5HP motor. The table is 56inches by 20inches. This allows you to work on sizeable pieces of wood.

Shop Fox W1865 20


Shopfox is known for making machines and tools that are not only efficient but also look good. With wings, the table measures 56 inches by 20 inches. The table is precision ground and has extendable wings. The overall height is 41 inches.

The control panel with the magnetic switch is easily accessible and protrudes on the left-hand side of the table. It is mounted on a pedestal.  The lifting bars are situated just below the cast iron tables. The table locks, are situated close to the extension tables so that you can easily reach them and lock the tables in place. 

The table height handwheel is also easily accessible. This helps you easily adjust the height of the table quickly. You will also see the feed rate knob on the right-hand side of the table, close to the table. All the controls are within easy reach and this makes your job easier and safer.

Performance Review

The Shopfox W1865—20″ Planer with Helical Cutterhead, 5HP, has a powerful motor that can get the job done with excellent precision. It has a maximum cutting width of 20 inches and a maximum cutting height of 8 inches. The minimum stock thickness on this planer is 1/4″ whilst the minimum length of stock has to be 7 inches. 

This planer has feed rates of 16 and 28 FPM. The cutter head diameter is 3-1/4inches and a maximum cutting depth of 1/8″. It has an impressive cutter head speed of 5 000 RPM.


It is important to always make sure that you take the necessary safety precautions as you you use this machine. Shopfox makes sure that the manual lets you know all that you need to know about safely operating the W1865—20″ Planer with Helical Cutterhead, 5HP.

Make sure to be careful around the electrics. Keep the cord a good distance from the source, making sure that it is not stretched or posing a danger to you or anyone else around. Always make sure that you switch it off when you are not using it.

Who is this product ideal for?

This machine must be used by a trained operator. If you do not know how to use it, you can risk real injury. If you are untrained, make sure that you get someone who knows how to use it to do the work for you until you have the necessary skills to operate it.


  • It has a powerful motor
  • It is durable
  • It has 2-Speed chain-driven automatic feed rollers


  • It is very heavy and will not be moved around easily

Our Verdict

This is an imposing machine that packs quite a punch. It has a powerful motor and high cutter head speeds. These all work together to make sure that you do the best planing possible. It has the capacity and space to do the job. This is a great addition to your workshop. Happy shopping!

David D. Hughes
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