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.