Best Planers For Woodworking – Top 5 Reviews for 2017!

Best Planers For Woodworking – Top 5 Reviews for 2017!

Planer For Woodworking Buying Guide

Making their first appearances in the late 1980s, portable planers have evolved rapidly. Most tool manufacturers are now offering their own models. This simple guide will help you focus on which aspects to consider if you plan to acquire one.

Evolution throughout the years

  • The latest models all have a cutting head supported by four columns as well as a locking system for the depth of cut, which reduces the problem of notches at the end of cutting.
  • Most portable planers have an index and a depth stop.
  • The rubber drive rollers are softer for the wood surface and allow for little wood removal at the same time.
  • The table areas are now foldable and the carrying handles are more ergonomic. 

Aspects to consider

  • Choose a device whose weight allows you to move it effortlessly.
  • Choose a model that facilitates the replacement of blades and for mechanisms that maximize its use such as the index and the depth stop.
  • Ensure that the wood chip collection system is efficient.
  • Models with two-speed motors are more versatile than others.
  • Look for the automatic cutter head lock feature on some models.
  • Check the position and shape of the switch. You should be able to access it and operate it quickly in case of an emergency. 

Wood Chips


A planer, even portable, produces an impressive amount of chips. You must ensure that you eliminate them gradually so that they do not fall back on the planing part. If this happens, then the drive rollers could crush them and thus create imperfections on the piece you are working on.

A simple solution is to provide a system with a lid that fits a standard trash can.

Accessibility


Since you must periodically change the disposable blades of your planer to obtain consistent and quality cuts, use a model that has easy access to the tool holder. The simplest option being that the top of the tool be removable.

Depth of cut


The depth stops, which make it possible to quickly adjust the height of the cutting head, also differ greatly from one model to another.

In most cases, the manufacturer offers fixed, predetermined heights. On the other hand, some models have a screw stop which give you the possibility to preset an infinite number of heights.

Prevention of notches

Although less frequent since the use of four columns to support the cutting head, notches still occur, sometimes, at the end of cutting.

Note that some models have other elements to eliminate them, such as threaded columns or bracing connecting the top of the tool to its base.

The notches on your parts usually occur when the board is not in contact with the two drive rollers. For maximum results, make sure to adjust the input and output tables at the same height.

You can also add extensions, especially when planed planks are long. By planing the planks one after the other, you will eliminate the formation of notches at the end of each.

Finally, if you do not want to take any risks, plan boards a little longer than necessary to cut the slot, if necessary.

5 BEST PLANERS FOR WOODWORKING 2016

DEWALT DW735X Review -- Best Planer 2017

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The Dewalt DW735X electric planer is a device that comes from one of the top company in this field of expertise.  This is definitely one of, if not, the best available planer in the market right now.

Here are some of its main characteristics:

Hardware

The Dewalt wood planer is powered by a dominant 15-amp motor which runs at a massive 20,000 RPM (10,000 RPM cutter head speed).  There are two settings for the speed: one with 96 CPI and a second one at 179 CPI.  The first speed is mostly use for finesse work while the second speed can work through any wood with a breeze.  This dual speed system will reassure the buyer that this machine can accomplish pretty much any kind of woodwork. 

With its three knife cutter-head, the DW735X portable thickness planer can handle large cuts with ease.  This system also promises a 30 percent longer life for the blades. 

Build & Handling

DW735X uses a 19-3/4” cast aluminum which is supposed to be twice as much firm than any other planer in the market.  The tool weight around a hundred pounds but the four solid posts will give it perfect stability.

The exterior’s finish is smooth and the plates are completely flat with the right thickness to allow the support of the heaviest of material. The knives used are premium quality and last longer.

Dual-edge reversible knives can be overturned when the first edge gets dull.  The blade changing system in place is now quicker and easier to change than ever.

The extension tables (which is the main difference between this model and the DW735) reduces the snipe you get from pretty much any angle.

When in use, a fan-assisted system makes sure the chips are propelled out of the planer.  This will make sure that the machine will not jam and that the finished work will not be covered with wood dust.

Accessories & Warranty

The Dewalt DW735X package includes an extra set of DW7352 replaceable, reversible thickness planer knives.  It also includes a pair of 13 inches infeed and outfeed folding tables.

Regarding the warranty, the buyer get a 90 Day Money Back Guarantee, a year of free service contract as well as a 3 year limited warranty.

PROS

- Powerful
- Precise
- Easy to use
- Really good finish

 

 

CONS

- A little heavy
- Noisy
- Messy without your own dust collection system

Summary

The Dewalt DW735X is a pretty expensive tool so it might not be for everyone.  Nonetheless, if you have the budget for it, this will definitely be one of the best planer you can buy right now.

DELTA 22-555 Review - Best Portable Thickness Planer

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DELTA Power Equipment Corporation (DELTA PEC) has almost a decade of experience in woodworking. Therefore, their tools have nothing to envy from competitors. The Delta 22-555 electric planer is the ideal machine for anyone who wants to create beautiful pieces of art.

Here are some of the main characteristics:

Hardware

The 22-555 runs on an impressive 15 Amp motor spinning the cutter head at 10,000 RPM. That force will provide 96 cuts per inch at a feed speed of 26 feet per minute. This is the same motor that most portable planers include.  They deliver sufficient power for working the more common wood, typically from 4/4 (1") to 12/4 (3") thick in 3" to 10" widths.

The quick-change knife system with dual edge disposable knives lets you change the blades without difficult to use alignment jigs.

The engine is protected by an external, push button circuit breaker that is positioned adjacent to the power switch.

Build & Handling

The 22-555 is a fairly compact planer with a 17" x 25" footprint, weighing in at only 58 pounds. There are side hand indentations at the base and handles at the top, which make it easy to transport the unit, though it is recommended to move the tool with the help of another person. 

While a movable power tool needs to be light enough for the worker to carry it, being not heavy enough reduces stability thus increasing snipe because of the vibration. Delta seemed to have found the perfect balance with the 22-555 since the unit produces almost no vibration at all.

Moreover, the four column design will ensure excellent stability for smooth and accurate planing over the years of use. Still, it's a good idea to fix it tightly to a work stand, mainly if you're using it permanently in a workshop. Delta offers their own wheeled stand model in case you do not already have one around.

The reversible dust port allows you to collect chips from either side of the planer. A personal dust collection system can be attached to the unit in order to minimize the chips on the work area’s floor.

 

Accessories & Warranty



The 22-555 planer comes with a pair of disposable knives, a wrench and the instructions manual.  The warranty is also excellent providing buyers with up to five years of warranty.

PROS

- Powerful motor
- Overheating protection system
- Great warranty

CONS

- Lots of snipe
- Expensive compared to other planers in its category

Summary

 

The Delta 22-555 planer is the ideal portable tool for someone starting a small woodworking business, or a hobbyist who appreciates creating works of art.  This unit is sufficiently powerful and stable to do various jobs without the need of too much space.  It is not perfect but it ranks amongst the best one available on the market right now.

 

 

MAKITA 2012NB Review - Best Corded Portable Planer

Makita 2012NB 12-Inch Planer with Interna-Lok Automated Head Clamp

The Makita 2012NB electric planer is a device that surpasses a lot of competitors in this extremely crowded market. It offers a very aggressive price and comes packing with a lot of features. This is definitely one of the most preferred planer amongst contractors.

Here are some of the main characteristics:

Hardware

The Makita wood planer is powered by a powerful 15-amp motor (8,500 RPM) to produce terrific quality planing and cut. With that much amps, you can rest assure that this engine will never let you down for any kind of job. It is also really quiet (83 dB) for this kind of planer. The machine will cool itself automatically after a session as well.

The Interna-Lok system is an automated head clamp feature that eliminates snipe in the best way possible. Its diagonal cross and four-post design make for maximum stability and solidity. Its micro-adjustable depth stop and depth-adjusting scale assure the accuracy for all kind of woodwork.

The Makita 2012nb can cut any twelve inches wide, one-eight deep, and around 7 inches thick wood types.  

Build & Handling

This planer only weighs 68 pounds so it should not be too hard to move around. The Makita 2012NB has the most reliable and fastest blade change system on the market. It uses disposable double-edge blades.

The large on/off paddle switch is well located and easily accessible. It also includes an L.E.D. light to indicate that the planer is plugged into a power source as a way to increase the security of the person using the tool.

It is also possible to add a dust hood to connect your own dust collection system.

Accessories & Warranty


The 2012NB standard package includes a detachable tool box to store all the accessories. It also comes with a planer blade set, wrenches and two magnetic holders. All items have a warranty of one year from the purchase date. 

PROS


- Price
- Quiet
- Solid material
- Easy to use
- Really good finish


CONS


- Lack of instructions to attach dust collection system
- Some inconsistencies with tear out leading to loss of wood

Summary

The Makita 2012NB is ideal for jobs like cabinets, staircase, furniture, closets, etc. Its price, quietness and performance bring this planer above the competitors and a serious contender on the market. You can feel that the Japanese company put a lot of effort to remain a key player in the industry by offering a solid and reliable machine.

 

 

DEWALT DW734 Review - Best Corded Benchtop Planer

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The Dewalt DW734 planer is a mid-range portable planer. It offers an excellent finish at a reasonable price. This benchtop planer can be placed between entry-level units and the most expensive top of the line models.

Here are some of the main characteristics:

Hardware

The Dewalt 734 planer is powered by a 15 amp motor that rotates a triple-blade cutter head at a speed of 10,000 RPM for a total of 96 cuts per inch. The blades have a maximum depth of cut of 1/8” and are reversible.

This tool can easily plane wood up to a maximum of six inches thick and up to twelve and a half inches wide. To ensure accuracy, the planer has a scale on its side that is divided into 1/32 inch with 1mm graduations. The scale is there to help the operator set up the proper height of the cutting blades depending on the job needed.

Build & Handling

The Dewalt 734 planer is made of a four column design with a carriage lock in order to reduce snipe. Unlike the DW735 model which has an automatic lock, the worker will have to manually lock it. The handle will change the height of the cutting head by 1/16 of an inch for every full rotation.

The DW734 comes with infeed and outfeed tables that provide 33-1/2" of material support. The tables can be folded up for transportation or storage.

This bench-top machine weighs in at eighty pounds which can be transported by one person if no one around is available.

Plugging a dust collection system is highly recommended since the work area can get really messy after a while.

Accessories & Warranty



DW734 DEWALT 12-1/2-Inch Thickness Planer package includes a Three-Knife Cutterhead and a dust hood.

Dewalt offers a three-year limited warranty, a one-year free service contract, and a 90-day money-back guarantee on all of their tools.

PROS


- Low price
- High-quality finish


CONS


- No automatic lock
- Blades durability
- Replacement blades are a bit expensive
- Slight learning curve for first-time users

Summary

Dewalt tools have the reputation for being extremely reliable units and the 734 model is no exception to this rule. They are considered to be the best by home users and professional workers. This model is the perfect compromise between simple woodwork and more complex projects.




 

 

 

MAKITA KP0810 Review - Best Portable Planer 2017

Makita KP0810 7.5 Amp 3-1/4-Inch Planer

The Makita KP0810 stands above the crowd for this year’s planer models. The high-quality build and flexibility are where this tool really shines.

Here are some of the main characteristics:

Hardware

The KP0810 is powered by a powerful 7.5 amp motor that surprisingly offers more power than many larger planers. Running at a speed of 16,000 RPM and to its double-blade cutter head, the unit can cut up to 3.25 inches wide and 5/32 of an inch deep. It offers spectacular results on damp and freshly cut wood as well as dry wood.

For harder work, the KP0810 will smooth the surface in just a couple of passes.

Build & Handling

The unit’s body is made of a rigid die-cast aluminum for maximum durability and to assure an extended life for the tool.

Weighing in at only 7.3 pounds, the KP0810 is both compact and lightweight making it extremely easy to transport. It can even fit in a tool bag or tool box. This weightlessness and ergonomic design help to reduce the worker’s fatigue during long work sessions. Its rubberized front and rear handles offer a great grip as well.

The planer can easily be elevated thanks to its spring-loaded stand. This will help the protection of the blades and material to prevent any mistakes or unwanted cuts.

The depth adjust knob includes an easy-to-read scale with click stops in 0.1mm increments. The front base features 3 chamfering groove options of 1.4, 3, or 4 mm.

Lastly, the chip ejection system can be directed to both sides of the tool making it adaptable to any kind of workspace.

Accessories & Warranty



The Makita KP0810 planer comes with a lot of extras: a blade gauge assembly, a wrench, a guide rule, a depth guide as well as a blade set.

Regarding the warranty, Makita offers each of its customers a 30 days satisfaction policy. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, the company will offer a replacement or a refund. The normal warranty is 1-year from the date of original purchase.

PROS


- Price
- Lightweight
- Powerful
- Good grip


CONS


- Practically none… one of the best on the market right now.

Summary

In conclusion, the Makita KP0810 is a powerful tool that leaves the competitors in the dust. It is lightweight and perfect for precision work. Basically, it can complete pretty much any planing with a professional finish.