The Scorpion CWI-JP1604HC 16” helical jointer/planer combination machine is the big brother to the CWI-JP1203HC and like its sibling it is two machines in one but in a heavier frame with more power and larger capacity.
This is a European design of machinery built for challenged shop space size and convenience of operation.
Having both a 16” wide jointer and a 16” thickness planer in the same foot print really has its advantages.
The primary advantage of two machines in one is space but also it is nice to have that ability to “joint” the face of the wood prior to thicknessing. Having a 12” or larger jointer surface is an advantage over only being able to edge joint on a small 6” or 8” jointer surface.
The JP1604HC has a 4 HP 220/1/60 motor which drives a 2 7/8”” diameter Stinger Carbide helical cutter head to machine lumber at up to 1/8” at each pass.
Since 2019 the Scorpion jointer/planers in both 12” and 16” have been outfitted with a number of new user friendly features truly making these extraordinary machines even better.
First we have gone away from the traditional box type magnetic switch that sticks out of the front of many woodworking machines and gone to a new Euro machine body style with a flush mount electrical panel.
This panel includes an on/off magnetic switch with overload and under voltage protection as well as a separate emergency mushroom stop button.
Also on the panel is a new electronic digital height read out for the thickness planer tables. This makes it much easier to calibrate the machines height without bending around under the machine. Also the flush mount panel stops those uncomfortable knee bangs that used to happen when walking past the old magnetic box switch.
The last really important feature we have been asked for is a mobility kit.
Both models now come standard with 4” diameter rubber wheels attached to one side of the machine and a separate large wheeled handle that slips under the other side of the machine to allow the user to lift and steer the machine around his shop when space is needed. The machine sits normally on its frame for secure rigid footing and only engages the wheels when the handle is used.