Wood Planer Reviews

by Tested_to_Destruction

The best wood planer depends on the job. Hand planers, power planers and bench planers are readily available. The five best woodworking planers on the market.

Every woodworker requires some form of wood planer. They're a great tool to have to hand for smoothing, thickening and flattening pieces of wood. Some will prefer the use of a hand planer, others much prefer to use an industrial planer.

Whatever the preference, no other woodworking tool can replicate the wood shaping capacity of wood planes. That said, modern day carpentry often calls for a power planer, as they make shorter work of the task in hand.

However, there are still some types of woodworking whereby using an old fashioned hand tool is the better prospect - which gives rise to the fact that having the use of both power and hand tools is the best option. The five best planers are featured below.

DEWALT DW734 15 Amp 12-1/2-Inch Benchtop Planer

This particular model is the best selling benchtop planer and it's manufactured by the mighty Dewalt tools. It's quick, it's accurate and is best used for those looking to process and dimension their own wood. The 15amp motor powers along at 10,000 rpm, which is pretty awesome, and the only downside to the machine is the need to replace the blades in and among.

That said - all benchtops are pretty much the same in relation to blade replacement and in its favor, the Dewalt DW734 does possess a lot of plus points. The blades are reversible, and it's a quick fix to remove and replace them. You can work with a wide variety of woods. It's comes with a hood for the dust collecting and the four-column carriage lock ably reduces the likelihood of sniping. Overall, a great investment - and currently sold at a discount that's almost crazy to ignore.

DEWALT DW734 15 Amp 12-1/2-Inch Benchtop Planer

The DEWALT DW734 12-1/2-Inch Thickness Planer features a three-knife cutterhead and a powerful, 15 amp motor that delivers 10,000 rpm. Also offering quick, accurate depth ...

Only $439.2

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Bosch 1594K 6.5 Amp 3-1/4-Inch Planer Kit

This is the best selling power planer and for those looking for a top all rounder, this is the one to buy. It comes with a blade wrench, chip bag, a bevel guide fence and chip bag, and both the fence, blades and park rest stand are easier than pie to operate/ work with. The depth knob is ratcheting, making switches simple and fluid, and the shield that covers the unused blade section is a great safety feature.

It does its job - and it does it well. Correctly positioned and held, there's no snipe and the planer works across the wood without chattering. It feels solid yet fluid and a great feature is the fact that it will work from the center with the same attitude when it's started at an edge. A great piece of woodworking machinery, highly recommended - and at it's current price, an absolutely steal.

Bosch 1594K 6.5 Amp 3-1/4-Inch Planer Kit

Bosch 1594K 3-1/4" x 3/32" Planer Kit w/ Bevel Guide Fence Bosch Power Tools and Accessories is one of the divisions within the Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, which is one of ...

Only $134.55

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Stanley 12-220 Block Plane

This is the best block plane and it works a treat. Top for smaller tasks, when it doesn't make sense to haul out the power planer, the Stanley 12 is great for trimming down and finishing off. It's pretty lightweight in the hand but feels solid enough and preforms well. There's a 21° cutter angle, which is set well for cross-grain cuts and leaves a surface smooth enough to do away with sanding in some cases.

The manufacture consists of a cast iron base, a double coating of epoxy to add to its shelf life and should there be the need, the cutter adjusts easily enough. A tough little cookie, far superior in quality than the price tag would suggest and an understandable hit. Mighty wood planer, minor price tag. A keeper for the tool bag.

Stanley 12-220 Block Plane

Stanley Tools 12-220 7" Adjustable Block Plane Stanley Tools 12-220 7" Adjustable Block Plane Features: Grey cast iron base with bottoms machined smooth and true Has machined ...

$33.8  $26.94

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Black & Decker 7698K 5.2 Amp 3-1/4-Inch Planer

This is the best entry level wood planer and another awesome tool from the mighty Bosch. For the discount price tag, you get the planer, blades, a dust bag that actually works, the case and enough features to make it worth buying if your woodworking is light to moderate.

It's all powered along by a 5.2 amp motor, which powers out 16,500 rpm - pretty solid performance from what amounts to an entry level power tool. It glides along decently enough, held and positioned correctly it leaves a smooth surface and doesn't cut deeper than you want it to. Note - this is not a heavy use or industrial model - for that the larger Bosch is the better choice. In the case of this one, for the price and what is is set up to do, it's a great woodworking tool for the price.

Black & Decker 7698K 5.2 Amp 3-1/4-Inch Planer

5.2A 3-1/4" Planer Kit With Lock-Off Switch, 6' Cord Set, Reversible TCG Blade, Side Fence Adjustment, Aluminum Base For 82MM Width Of Cut & 0 To 5/16" Rabbet Depth Of Cut.

Only $102.04

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Stanley 12-101 Small Trimming Plane

If you want a pocket rocket, then the Stanley trimming plane is about the best small woodworking planer on the market. It's looks are nothing to write home about and it isn't going to take off across the wood without a bit of labor but - when it comes to finishing off, trimming and shaping up the little details, this is the your daisy.

It's manufacture is lightweight but durable, nickel plated to add strength, and the cutter width is 1". The blade retains it's edge for a suprisingly long length of time and it's definitely as good as it gets for the detailed stuff. It works, it's under ten bucks - if you need a small planing tool in your kit, buy one - Stanley equals quality, however big or small.

Stanley 12-101 Small Trimming Plane

3-1/2" Trimming Plane, Small, Light, For Modeling, Sculpture & Light Work, Nickel Plated Level, Black Finish Bottom, Cutter Width Is 1",.

$12.89  $10.49

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Updated: 03/19/2012, Tested_to_Destruction
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