Top 10 Best Electric Hand Planers Reviews

What to Look for When Buying a Best Electric Hand Planer


When looking to buy the best electric hand planer there are a few points to look out for. Below are 7 key important features that should be considered before you rush out and buy one. I have listed them below in the order of what I think anyone should consider when shopping around.

1.Power

Buying a planer with a good power output is vital, this will ensure that it will do the job you intended it to do. If you only need it to do the occasional job, then a planer with an electrical out put of 5-6 amps should be adequate for the job. Bearing in mind the material that you will be using it on. If you are using it on hardwoods, the more power the planer has the better, unlike soft pine, which will need to have less power, as this wood is softer and will plane down quicker. I myself always go for the more powerful option, this means I will be able to do any job with it.

When buying an electric planer, it is important to get a model with a power appropriate for the job you have at hand. If you plan to use your electric planer for casual use, or on small surfaces then you do not need a model with a motor higher than 5 Amp – 6 Amp. Additionally, the kind of material you are planning to work on will also decide the power of your electric planer. For softwood, a small and lower powered electric planer will suffice. For hardwood, the more powerful motor you can get the better.

2. Capacity

You will see that most electric planers have a cutting width of 3.25 inches. There is the depth cutting capacity to consider, higher powered planers can cut deeper in one pass, than lower powered planers, allowing you do fewer passes over the lumber than the low powered planers. Again I would choose a planer that can cut deeper, you may not wish to use it, but you can always back it off a little if needed, but you cannot turn up a lower power electrical hand planer.

3. The Blade

Most planers come with a single HSS blade, these are not the best, and I wouldn’t recommend them, carbide blades which are double edged these are preferable, as these are longer lasting blades, these will stay sharper and for longer periods, and will cut quicker and deeper.

4. Fence

A fence is a must, they allow more control over your planning and are more accurate. Choosing a planer with a built in fence is a better choice, but usually more expensive. You will be able to start your rebating with ease.

5. Planer Weight

Choosing a lighter weight planer, these planers are generally less powerful as the motor is what accounts for a lot of the weight, you must aim for a balance between performance and weight.

6. Chip Direction

Planers throw out a lot of wood shavings, look for a planer that you can adjust the direction of the shavings outlet. Again these may be a little more expensive, but again it’s worth it. With my planer, I can choose left or right discharge of the shavings.

7. Build Quality

Planers, are real workhorse and are subjected to hard wear, so it’s imperative you get a planer that has a good build. Look at the base, you do not want to get a base that is too thick, as this adds to the weight. A soft rubber over grip is essential, so you have more control over the planer.

I would also recommend an electrical bench planer or jointer if you are going to plane long lengths of lumber, say over 3 ft.

Top Ten Best Planer Reviews of 2017 (Updated)

Our Review Guide to the 5 Best planers

Makita KP0800K 3-1/4-Inch Planer Kit
  • VERDICT
  • Excellent package, great value for money. Charging could be a bit faster.
  • PROS
  • An awesome all-around cordless drill, good performance. Scores well in every category. Very well-liked by buyers, at an affordable price for the DIYer. Supplied with a double-sided Phillips bit
  • CONS
  • Could be a bit faster at top speed when drilling.
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DEWALT DW680K 7 Amp 3-1/4-Inch Planer
  • VERDICT
  • A professional-grade tool at a price high-end DIYers can afford. With a powerfull battery.
  • PROS
  • Great power, superb battery, and extremely fast charging. Price is awesome for this power.
  • CONS
  • I could not find anything negative with the Makita
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PORTER-CABLE PC60THP 6-Amp Hand Planer
  • VERDICT
  • A great all-rounder from a leading manufacturer. Sturdy case. Nice grip.
  • PROS
  • 4 Brushes to increase performance and power. Supplied with 2 battery's, which is a big plus.
  • CONS
  • Slightly heavier than most model I have reviewed, don't be put off by it,
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Bosch PL2632K Planer with Carrying Case, 3 1/4"
  • VERDICT
  • Professional 20 volt cordless drill. Supplied with contractors bag
  • PROS
  • Nothing beats it for torque output. Small and light. Incredible weight and price. Supplied with 2 x battery's
  • CONS
  • I think this drill could have had a plastic case.
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Hitachi P20ST 5.5-Amp 3-1/4-Inch Portable Handheld Planer
  • VERDICT
  • Affordably priced. A hugely popular kit, and for good reason.
  • PROS
  • Nothing beats it for torque output. Outstanding reputation for reliability. Twin battery pack. Light weight 3.2 lbs
  • CONS
  • Heavier than most model we have reviewed
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Makita KP0810 7.5 Amp 3-1/4-Inch Planer

This is not the lightest of planers, but the weight is distributed evenly, feels well balanced, and has a 7.5 amp motor, which is powerful. As I mentioned earlier that this will enable you to shave deeper into the lumber, in a single pass.

The depth adjustment is in 0.1mm increments and has a die-cast aluminum base plate, which helps cut the weight down a little to compensate for a bigger motor. Fitted with twin blades that are powered by a massive 16,000 rpm motor, this enables you to plane quickly.

As pretty much every other planer, it’s cutting width is 3-1/4 inches at a 5/32 depth.

The Makita weight is only 10-1/2 lbs and has an elevated base, which will prevent you from accidentally damaging your blades, Its a base makes it very durable, and by not damaging your blades will save you money in the long run. I found that adjusting the depth of the cut, was smooth and easy to see.

The Makita planer is impressive and will plane lumber flawlessly, and in my opinion, represents good value for money. It has the option to discharge the shavings to the left or the right of the planer, which makes your job a little easier.

I liked the grip on the handle, it felt very comfortable to use, as it has a rubber grip which makes it none slip. You will not be disappointed when buying this planer, it ticked all the boxes for me.

And has the longest power cord out of all the planers that I reviewed, which a big plus for longer planing strokes. This planer will suit all users from beginners and professional alike.

Reasons Why I Can Personally Recommend It.

  • Motor. Powerful 7.5 amp motor.
  • Base Plate. Aluminum.
  • Speed. 16,000 rpm.
  • Warranty. 1-year warranty – 3-year online registration

VERDICT
Great plane, plenty of grunt. Great for damp timber

PROS
Powerful 7.5 amp motor with a long power cord.

CONS
I struggled to find any bad points on this planer. With no issues to report.

Other Considerations

  • Fitted with twin blades.

After compiling top ten best hand planer reviews, I have given scores to the Makita KP0810 7.5 Amp 3-1/4-Inch Planer below.

  • 98 Quality
  • 93 Value
  • 94 Brand
  • Overall 95

WEN 6530 6-Amp Electric Hand Planer, 3.25″

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The Wen 6730 made it into my top 5 best electric planes because of its cost and quality. It’s a 6 amp planer, aimed at the hobbyist, at first I was skeptic about the planer, first its small and I didn’t get the greatest vibes when as I unpacked it.

First I set it up, still thinking it was a waste of money, but when I put it to work planing a piece of Cherry wood down from 2 x 2 inch to 1-3/4″ x 1-3/4″ I was pleasantly surprised, by how well it performed. I was wrong to judge it by my first impression.

Despite its size, it was quite powerful, its 6 amp motor turns at 34,000 RPM and looking at its price, but remember it only has a single blade and must turn faster to compensate for this. I believe it should be included in most hobbyist workshop.

On testing this planer and seeing how great the output was and it was pretty impressive. At first, I thought it wouldn’t perform well, due to its size, I was proven wrong with my thought that it can’t deliver because it was pretty small for a planer.

It has 16 adjustments from 1/8 down to 0 making planing a breeze, after planning down the piece of Cherry wood, I went on to rabbit a 1/4″ x 1/4″ it performed this well. The rabbiting guide is set at 5/16 th of an inch. And you can rabbit timber up to 1 inch deep, which is pretty impressive.

I found it lightweight, coming in at 6 pounds, and felt well balanced, the dust bag I felt was a bit flimsy. But all said, it chamfered well and the fence was easy to adjust and pretty sturdy. Another added benefit is it is fitted with a kickstand, which will protect your work piece and blade, by elevating the blade when not planning. The Wen come with a 2-year warranty, which is another added benefit.

Reasons Why I Can Personally Recommend It.

  • Motor. Powerful 6 Amp motor.
  • Blade. Kickstand blade protection.
  • Speed. 34,000 cuts per minute.
  • Warranty. 2-year warranty.

VERDICT
Great entry level planer, prices are pretty good too.

PROS
Very lightweight planer I liked the Kickstand blade protector.

CONS
The only real issue if you can call it that was the dust bag. It seemed a bit flimsy for me

Other Considerations

  • The planer, including a dust bag, a rabbeting guide, a kickstand and a parallel fence bracket.

After compiling top ten best hand planer reviews, I have given scores to the WEN 6530 6-Amp Electric Hand Planer, 3.25″.

  • 94 Quality
  • 93 Value
  • 91 Brand
  • Overall 92

Porter Cable PC60THP Electric Hand Planer, 3.25″

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This Porter-Cable planer is another inexpensive planer, it is a straight forward and easy to use planer that has good functionality for an inexpensive planer. When comparing it to the Wen which is of similar size it felt more comfortable as the handle has a rubber grip. It has a powerful 16.000 RPM and is a 6 amp motor.

The Porter Cable PC60THP is very versatile and the functionality is suited for projects ranging from simply planing a door jam to planing uneven planks to make them square, not to mention the flattening of edges. The dust extraction was good and can be positioned right or left and can be connected to your workshop vacuum, which is included in the price, normally this is an extra you would have to purchase.

Comes with a 3-year limited warranty for total peace of mind, subject to normal operation, and wear and tear.

Reasons Why I Can Personally Recommend It.

  • Motor. Heavy-duty 6 amp motor.
  • Blades. Accepts large resharpen-able blades.
  • Speed. 15,000 RPM.
  • Warranty. 3-year limited manufacturers warranty.

VERDICT
Another good entry planer, at a good price and a great warranty.

PROS
Accepts large resharpen-able blades

CONS
I struggled to find any bad points on this router. With no issues to report.

Other Considerations

  • Heavy duty carrying case. .

After compiling top ten best best hand planer reviews, I have given scores to the Porter Cable PC60THP Electric Hand Planer, 3.25″.

  • 92 Quality
  • 91 Value
  • 90 Brand
  • Overall 91

DeWalt DW680K 7 Amp Electric Hand Planer, 3.25″

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Dewalt planers, a name you can trust. Millions of professional are using their tools world wide for good reason. That is why I reviewed their planer. Probably the second most expensive planer that I have reviewed so far.

The Dewalt DW680K is pack with rich features, but Let us take a look at it, and put it through its paces, and let see if it hold up.

The Dewalt DW680K come in a solid rugged carrying case, which is essential if you want to protect your planer from the elements.

On setting up the planer it’s the balance felt good, weighing in at 12 pounds which is a lot of weight for a planer, after using it to plane a piece of oak 2″ x 2″ down to 1-3/4″ x 1’3/4″ I set up the depth and it planned flawlessly, without any effort or struggles, I attributed this to its weight and motor power, fitted with twin blades, the planer is much faster and produces a cleaner finish on your project

The motor is a full 7.o amp and turns at a massive 15,000 rpm, this is a huge plus for anyone who is serious about their woodworking.

Fitted with HSS reversible carbide blades which gives a much better finish than regular blades, and a base plate with three chamfer grooves. As expected with a planer in this price range it has a kick stand, which prevents your blades from touching down on tour work bench,

The base plate is high-quality precision machined with 3 x chamfer grooves.

This, in my opinion, is a workhorse, will get the work done fast with the minimal amount of effort, and was a sheer pleasure to use and review.

Reasons Why I Can Personally Recommend It.

  • Motor. Heavy-duty 7.0 Amp motor.
  • Case. Rugged protection carring case.
  • Speed. A high-performance 600 watt motor.
  • Warranty. 1 year. standard  warranty – 3 year online registration

VERDICT
A workhorse and the planer includes two reversible carbide blades.

PROS
Powerful plane which will plane 2.5-milimeter in o single pass.

CONS
There we no bad points to report.

Other Considerations

  • All round powerful grinder, vibration free.

After compiling top ten best best hand planer reviews, I have given scores to the DeWalt DW680K 7 Amp Electric Hand Planer, 3.25″.

  • 98 Quality
  • 93 Value
  • 94 Brand
  • Overall 95

Bosch PL2632K Planer with Carrying Case 3.25″

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Bosh has manufactured a good planer here, packed with features, that the only most expensive have.

The Bosh PL2632K planer has some of the best features, of all planers on the market today. I found it easy to use. The weight of this planer 14-1/2 pounds, which if you are using it for extended periods you will notice the extra weight, however, it is an advantage when you are planing slowly, as it will hug the timber, which makes it a much smoother planing operation.

The dust extracting ports are both on the left and right side of the planer. Bosh is the first manufacturer to have an with an ambidextrous power lock off release button, together with a power lock on, which helps with extended use.

Fitted with twin blades, it allows to make deeper planing cuts, than the cheaper single bladed planers, allowing you to work quicker on large planing projects.

I loved the fact that you could use the planer with either hands, great for when you have to shoot down a door jam, as it can be used either side of a door stop, without having to plane one side in an upward position and the other side in a downward position, now you can just use the downward position.

The dust bag has a respectable capacity, but I prefer to use my shop vac to collect the shavings, otherwise, you are consistently emptying the dust bag which is a bit of a pain.

The motor is a powerful 6- 1/2 amps and runs at 16,500 rpm, which is wonderful if you are using it on hardwoods. It will eat through softwood and give a superb finish on all wood

The case is a blessing as it provides easy storage of your planer keeping it from being accidentally damaged and make it easy to throw in the back of your truck, without fear of damaging your planer.

The fence can be mounted either side of the planer, and has a non-marking plastic shoe protector, special good if you are running it over painted of finished surfaces this will prevent marring of any surface.

With all planers of this caliber, it had a spring loaded base stand, which protects the blades if you put in down on the planing base. Fitted with a lock off button prevents it being started, and will again protect your blades from being damaged.

The front and rear base shoes are manufactured out of Aluminum and are machined after the planer is assembled, giving it a much truer flat base plate.

You can set the cutting depth in increments of 0.1 ” to a maximum of 2.6 mm, enabling you to shave down your project really quick, as in 4 passes I was able to take off over 10 mm of wood, which is super quick.

Sometimes on jobs that are painted you may in-counter a pin or nail, but the Bosh is fitted with twin Woodrazor Micrograin carbide blades, which are less likely to fracture if you encounter a hidden nail or pin and the blades can last up to 30% longer than standard HSS carbide blades.

There are optional extras available, to use this planer as a single bladed planer, but this will incur an additional purchase, but the option is there.

The other feature that is on the Bosh planers is the ability to set the planing depth in inches or millimeters.

Fitted with a micro-v Poly belt, giving it more durability. And a central chamfer groove, for smoothing down the edges of wood, preventing splinters.

Reasons Why I Can Personally Recommend It.

  • Motor. Powerful motor, nice and quite, vibration free.
  • Guards. Spring base stand elevates planer to protect the blade.
  • Speed. A high-performance 6.5 amp,16,500 RPM motor for quick stock removal.
  • Warranty. 1 year. standard  warranty

VERDICT
Great ambidextrous planer.

PROS
Fitted with Woodrazor Micrograin carbide blades. Complete with carrying case

CONS
I struggled to find any bad points on this planer. With no issues to report.

Other Considerations

  • An affordable planer with great specifications.

After compiling top ten best best hand planer reviews, I have given scores to the Bosch PL2632K Planer with Carrying Case 3.25″.

  • 98 Quality
  • 96 Value
  • 95 Brand
  • Overall 96

 

 

 

 

 

 

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