Best Planers

We have selected the best electric planer. This is the most popular tool carpenters regularly use. Whether it is to refurbish old furniture, house construction or in the garden. Finding the desired one is not so easy. Most power tools of this type relatively similar. So, before buying check our test results to get the best one for you.

DEWALT DW734  Speed Benchtop Planer

Powerful 15 Amp Motor for Deep, Clean Cuts
Benchtop planers are a long-term investment that allow you to buy rough stock and dimension it yourself. They also make creating custom materials easier, which, makes getting great results easier.This planer’s powerful 15 amp motor handles a wide range of tough hardwoods, and its three-knife cutterhead spins at 10,000 RPM to provide 96 cuts per inch.
Reversible, Disposable Knives for Convenience
The DEWALT DW734 uses razor sharp knives that are reversible and disposable. These knives last 30 percent longer than traditional disposable knives, helping you avoid costly and time-consuming resharpening.For fast, easy, one-tool knife changes, a set of pins machined on the cutter-head goes through holes machined on the knife. This helps you quickly locate the fresh knife and refasten the knife clamp.
Effective Dust and Debris Management
The DW734 planer includes a dust hood that attaches to a shop vacuum or standing dust collector (sold separately) for efficient collection of chips and debris.
Large Capacity and Easy, Accurate Depth Adjustment
This planer’s extra-long infeed and outfeed tables provide 33-1/2 inches of material support. A turret depth stop saves you time when setting the machine at commonly used depths.In addition, the planer’s material-removal gauge and extra-large thickness scale help ensure every pass is accurate. A four-column carriage lock drastically reduces the movement that causes material damage, or snipe, when planning near the end of a board.This sturdy planer weighs 80 pounds. It offers a maximum cut depth of 1/8 inch, a depth capacity of 6 inches, and a width capacity of 12-1/2 inches.This DW734 12-1/2-Inch Thickness Planer with Three Knife Cutterhead comes with a DEWALT warranty package that includes a three-year limited warranty, a one-year free service contract, and a 90-day money-back guarantee.
What’s in the Box
DW734 DEWALT 12-1/2-Inch Thickness Planer with Three-Knife Cutterhead and dust hood.

If you have recently gotten into wood working and you decided that you  needed a planer this is the best thickness planer for your  shop. With tight funds and realistic expectations,  WEN 6550 planer is the best choise . I came to this decision after doing countless hours of research and watching pretty much every video out there comparing, using, and reviewing planers. While big yellow came out on top in most reviews and in forum discussions, I just couldn’t justify spending that much money for a tool that will probably not get used that often. Especially when the WEN seems to get overwhelmingly good reviews.

My package arrived completely intact. I had visions of battered boxed with broken or missing contents. None of that happened. The box was completely intact and the planer was well cushioned inside. Setting up the planer was a simple matter of removing the styrofoam, attaching the handle, attaching the dust chute, wiping off the infeed, outfeed, and granite tables and waxing all of them down. The next thing I did was place the planer on a completely level surface and check the surfaces with a level. Everything was level in all directions and the cutter head needed no adjustments.

The first piece of wood I ran through the planer was a scrap 2X4 that I know had a slight warp. Several passes through the planer gave me some nice square edges and most of the warp was planed out. I’m sure that if I had kept going I could remove the entire warp. Next I fed a piece of oak pallet wood through the planer that was warped and cracked. While the planer did nothing for the crack, it did remove every bit of nastiness and revealed a beautiful tiger pattern under all the rough wood. Now I just have to find the right project for this piece of wood.

One thing I read a lot about with all planers is snipe. The WEN 6550 is not immune to this either. While not bad there is definitely snipe there. Running other pieces of wood through the planer with sacrificial wood before and after what you are planing completely eliminated all traces of snipe. In fact, the cutter head did such a good job on my project I almost don’t even need to sand now.(we have written a guide about Impact Wrench and chainsaw).

It is loud and yes, you should wear hearing protection. Without any wood running through the planer it’s not really any louder than any other tool in your shop. In fact, my table saw is probably louder but, put some wood through the planer and you can tell a huge difference in the decibels.

Wood removal is excellent but I have yet to turn the handle more than 1/2 a turn per pass (1/32nd inch wood removal) and mostly I’m only doing 1/4 turns (1/64th inch wood removal) with each pass. Each full turn will remove 1/16th inch of wood. So far, I’ve run pine, poplar, oak, walnut, maple, and purple heart through the planer and it has yet to even act like it’s having trouble. Once I’ve use the planer some more and gotten used to it, I’ll try doing a full 1/16th inch in a pass to see what happens.

This is a two blade cutter head planer and the blades are reversible. One review that I read said that blade removal was harder on this planer compared to others. Now, I will admit that I have nothing to compare that statement too but, I did not find blade removal hard or complicated. Just remove the two screws from the dust hood, remove the two screws from the blade cover and bam, there are your blades. There is a cutter head lock and you do have to push it down to rotate the cutter head to get to the 2nd blade but, that’s not hard or a big deal.

OVERALL

Time will tell how well this planer will hold up but, based on it’s performance so far, I see no reason why I won’t get many years of service out of it. If you are in the market for a planer, you should definitely consider WEN.

Delta Power Tools 22-555 13 In Portable Thickness Planer

After nearly 90 years of expertise in the woodworking business, DELTA Power Equipment Corporation (DELTA PEC) has become one of the most revered brands in woodworking tools today. DELTA Power Equipment Corporation focuses on innovations to help the woodworker create masterpieces easier and with more precision. The company designs, manufactures and distributes a variety of stationary woodworking tools including electric table saws, band saws, radial arm saws, scroll saws, drilling machines, jointers, planers, mortisers, lathes, grinders and dust collectors for the professional and advanced woodworking markets.
Motor: 15A, 120V, 60Hz, 1Ph

Motor Control: toggle with removeable key

Max Stock Dimensions: 13″ wide x 6″ high

Min Stock Dimensions: 1/8″ x 10″

Max. Depth of Cut: 3/32″

Feed Rate: 28 ft./minute

Cuts per minute:18,800

Infeed/Outfeed rollers: Nitrile synthetic rubber

Infeed/Outfeed table dimensions: 6-3/4in x 13in each

Knife Type: Double edge reversible

Number of Knives: 2

Knife size: 333mmx12mmx1.5mm

  • Heavy-duty 6 amp motor
  • Dual side dust extraction allows for extraction on either side of the tool
  • Overmold depth knob with 10 positive steps
  • 3 chamfering grooves allow for options for edge chamfering
  • Heavy-duty 6 amp motor
  • Dual side dust extraction allows for extraction on either side of the tool
  • Overmold depth knob with 10 positive steps

WEN 6530 6-Amp  Hand Planer

What a great tool! This is the first electric hand planer I’ve ever used, and I’m surprised at how useful it is. I’m a novice woodworker, which mostly means that my work is still a bit imprecise, with lots of uneven surfaces and joints that don’t quite match. Before getting this tool, I gave my orbital sander quite a workout and went through a lot of 80-grit paper. But this tool makes the process vastly easier. It’s powerful enough to cut troughs 1/8″ deep, but when it’s set on a shallow setting (e.g., 1/64), it functions like a super belt-sander. I built a work bench using scrap wood to build a butcher-block top. After gluing and clamping all of these pieces of crappy wood together, the surface was quite uneven with lots of glue residue. With this planer, I was able to get it completely level and smooth in about 30 minutes.

I can’t imagine how long the sander would have taken.

It’s very easy to use….the only thing you have to pay attention to is the cutting depth. As others have mentioned, the chip collection bag fills quickly. I just gave up on it and let the chips fly…the big clean up later was less worth than dealing with the little bag.The only other minor complaint is that the depth control knob needs to have a lock. Since the planer is controlled by your front hand holding onto the knob,it’s a bit too easy to twist the knob during use which changes the cutting depth.