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Review: JET JWP-13BT

Updated: April 8, 2023
JET JWP 13BT Planer With Cracked Casing
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Review: JET JWP-13BT




The JET JWP-13BT planer is a bench top solution that can smooth boards up to 13-inches wide and 6-inches thick. Unlike other planer manufacturers in this category JET also has larger, more powerful floor models. While this planer is sought after for its “helical” head, in our test we found this inserts are aligned in rows. And, unfortunately the plastic top casing was cracked on two of our units.

JET JWP-13BT Bench Top Planer

JET JWP-13BT Overview

The Jet JWP-13BT is a benchtop thickness planer designed for woodworking enthusiasts and professionals. Some of its notable features include:

  1. Motor: Powered by a 15-amp motor that delivers up to 18,800 cuts per minute, allowing it to handle even the toughest hardwoods with ease.
  2. Cutting capacity: 13 inches in width and 6 inches in height, making it suitable for a wide range of woodworking projects.
  3. Four-column carriage lock: The four-column carriage lock provides rigidity and ensures accurate cuts.
  4. Three-knife cutter head: Delivers a smooth finish and reduces the need for frequent knife changes.
  5. Infeed and outfeed tables: The planer comes with infeed and outfeed tables that provide additional support for longer workpieces and help reduce snipe.
  6. Depth stop: The depth stop allows you to set the depth of cut and ensures that each pass is consistent.
  7. Dust collection: The Jet JWP-13BT is equipped with a dust port that can be connected to a dust collector or vacuum to keep your work area clean.

More information can be found at jettools.com

Key Features

  • 2HP 15-amp motor
  • 6 rows of 26 individual cutting heads
  • 18,800 cuts per minute
  • Two indeed speeds
  • Dust collection
  • 120V single phase
  • Folding tables
  • Maximum cut depth 1/8″


  • Model #: JWP-13BT
  • Table Size: 13 x 9.8″
  • Speeds: 2
  • Max width: 13″

JET JWP-13BT Review

After owning a JET table saw and JET dust collector for almost two decades I really wanted to like this bench top planer.

But, unfortunately, the quality of the construction was low enough that I couldn’t keep it. Even after trying twice with both JET customer service and a replacement from Amazon. 

The issue? The plastic casing on the top of the planer is flimsy. So flimsy that the Rigid planer this was replacing was better built. And not one but two of these planers arrived with a cracked top. 


  • Two speeds
  • Independent cutting heads that are easy to replace
  • 2HP motor
  • 13-inch cutting width


  • Flimsy plastic case construction
  • Is not a true helical planer.  It is marketed as “helical style”, but is more like a straight-blade style in design.

Price Ranges

$800 – $1000 USD

Optional Packages

While the planer wasn’t what I wanted or would recommend, there is a new generation of flip table from JET that I chose to keep and mount my Dewalt 735X to.

Alternatives to the JET JWP-13BT

Dewalt DWS-735X:  This planer doesn’t feature the individual blades, but offers: 

  • A price around $200 less
  • Construction grade outer casing
  • Three blades
  • Two speeds
While there are other lower priced “helical” or “spiral” style planers, the best bet for the money is the highly rated DWS-735-X.


After comparing price points, having received two damaged units, and suffering through return hassles I wouldn’t recommend this planer. If a helical design is your choice then opt for a floor-based model that will out-perform a bench top planer.

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