An electric planer is used to shave wood from a surface in order to make it level. If you are planning to do a lot of planing for a large project, then you should use a stationary planer that is also designed to handle larger and denser material.

Electric Planer: Makita KP0810 In-Use ViewOn the other hand, if you need to take your planing capability with you on multiple job sites or only need the planer for small projects, a handheld electric planer will do the job. This article is designed to help you choose the right handheld electric planer.

What should you consider when buying an electric planar?

Power

You can choose between corded and cordless electric planer models. Cordless models give you the flexibility to operate without access to electric power while corded models are generally more powerful.

 

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How much power you need depends on the material you’re planing and the size of your project. A lightweight cordless model may be fine for small projects in less dense wood material, while you will probably choose a corded model with plenty of power to complete a large project like a deck or a project that uses denser material.

 

 

 

 

Cordless models are also more expensive, so if you are watching your budget, a corded model wood planer will be a better choice.

Despite inroads by cordless models, corded models still dominate the electric planer landscape. So, when considering power, you’re generally looking for the Amps rating.

Electric Planer: DEWALT DW680K Case ViewFor most applications, an Amp rating of 7 Amps or more should be adequate. If you’re planning to do heavy-duty planing in dense material for frequent large projects, you can buy an electric thickness planer with a 10-Amp rating or more.

The larger the motor the heavier the electric planer, so keep that in mind when choosing.

RPM

An electric planer uses a cutting wheel that rotates at high speed to shave wood from the surface you’re working with. Higher speeds usually translate to more even, consistent cuts. You should choose a model or hand planer with an RPM rating of 15,000 or more.

Maximum Cutting Depth

The maximum cutting depth determines how much material you can remove with each pass. A deeper cut allows you to finish faster, but only if your planer is up to the task. If you have the right amount of power and the right RPM, you can cut more material per pass if the electric planer has the right maximum depth capability.

Cutting depths from 2/32 inch up to 5/32 inch or more are available. Planers also come in various widths achieving faster passes by removing more material area than depth. Generally, wider planing widths mean shallower maximum cutting depth but may end up removing more material faster overall.

Electric Planer: Bosch PL2632 Guide ViewMaximum Cutting Width

A common maximum cutting width for an electric hand planer is 3-1/4 inches. If you need to remove more material, larger widths are available. Wider electric planers are usually more powerful and more expensive.

Cutting Blades

Most common handheld electric planers have dual blades that remove the material. Blades take a lot of abuse spinning at over 15,000 RPM which means that each blade is hitting the material 15,000 times per minute. Depending on the material, blades can go dull very rapidly. Blades for light to medium duty are made from high-strength steel (HSS). If you will be using your planer for frequent heavy-duty use, a better choice is carbide blades if they are available.

Some blades are reversible for double the use before they need to be replaced. Still, other blades can also be sharpened so you can use them multiple times before having to replace them with new ones.

Depth Control

The depth of the cut you’re using to remove material is one of the most crucial factors in effective planing. Most models come with some sort of depth adjustment.

Electric Planer: DEWALT DW680K Main ViewTypically, they include a depth control knob that allows you to adjust the depth of your cut down to the maximum cutting depth.

One important consideration is whether the depth adjustment is calibrated. If you need highly accurate material removal, make sure the depth gauge or adjustment knob is calibrated.

Some models come with click stops at standard increments that provide more positive control over the depth if the click stops are properly calibrated.

Power Cord

Since you’re tethered to a power outlet, it’s nice to have a long power cord that keeps you from having to carry an extension cord. The length of power cords that planer manufacturers provide Electric Planer: Makita KP0810 Heading Viewvaries like the wind. Suffice it to say, a longer cord is more convenient.

 

Accessories

Some commonly included accessories that can be very helpful are a planer guide/fence and some sort of dust control capability.

If you work with wood, you must plane wood. Wood is an imperfect material with only rough dimensions from the mill. If your project needs finished dimensions, you will need to plane the wood to achieve the excellent results you’re looking for. I sincerely hope that this guide has provided you with valuable information that helps you choose the best electric planer for your needs.

 

We searched tool forums, social media, manufacturer sites, consumer sites, retail sites, and customer review sites to find the most popular and highly rated handheld electric planers.

 

Take a look at our list and see if one of these top-rated planers is the best electric planer for your needs!

 

#5 – Bosch PL2632K 3-1/4-Inch Handheld Planer

Electric Planer: Bosch PL2632 Main ViewThe Bosch PL2632K 3-1/4-Inch Handheld Planer has plenty of great electric planer features you will love including a dual-mount non-flexing guide fence, a powerful 6.5-Amp motor, and dust ports located on both sides that accommodate large shavings bags.  Its 6.5-Amp, 16,500 RPM motor delivers fast stock removal and a smooth finish in both softwoods and hardwoods.  Known for safe tools Bosch introduced the first planer lock-off/lock-on button that helps prevent accidental start-up while allowing for easier extended operation.  Its dual-mount fence prevents marring of door or workpiece faces and its integrated spring-loaded stand elevates the tool protecting the blades and saving you money.

 

Electric Planer: Features

  • 6.5-Amp, 16,500 RPM electric wood planer delivers fast stock removal and a smooth finish in both softwoods and hardwoods
  • Industry-first planer lock-off/lock-on button helps prevent accidental start-up and provides for extended operation
  • Dual-mount fence provides non-flexing guidance that prevents marring of door or workpiece faces
  • Spring-loaded, built-in stand elevates tool to protect blade(s) and save money
  • Dust ports are located on both sides of the tool to accommodate large shavings bag
  • Aluminum front and rear shoes are precision-machined together after assembly to ensure accuracy
  • Electric Planer: Bosch PL2632 Guide ViewVersatile two-blade system can be converted using optional accessories for use with large high-speed steel blades

 

Included Accessories

  • 2 – Wood razor micro-grain blades
  • 1 – Dual-mount guide fence
  • 1 – Straight no-mar plastic fence overshoe
  • 1 – 3-degree no-mar plastic fence overshoe
  • 1 – Shavings bag
  • 1 – Blade wrench
  • 1 – Protective carrying case

 

Customer Reviews

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Pros

  • Powerful motor
  • Smooth operation
  • Switchable dust port
  • Easy fence removal and attachment

 

Cons

  • Depth control design does not provide reliable positive control
  • Planer fence is too flexible
  • Heavier than some

 

 

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#4 – PORTER-CABLE PC60THPK 6.0-Amp Hand Planer

Electric Planer: PORTER-CABLE PC60THPK Main ViewEngineered with contractors in mind, the PORTER-CABLE PC60THPK 6.0-Amp Hand Planer uses a heavy-duty 6-Amp motor to provide smooth, even stock removal even in harder materials.  It features a low profile with easy adjustments, a longer shoe, and three chamfer grooves.  Its dual side dust extraction capability gives you more flexibility on the job site.  The 6.0-Amp motor gives you the power to make as much as a 5/64-inch cut in one pass.  It comes equipped with both high-speed steel (HSS) blades for more aggressive planing in nail-embedded wood and carbide blades for finer detail construction like boat making and furniture fabrication.  Its 10 positive stop positions, one every 1/16-inch, gives you accurate depth control.  A solid, large 11-1/2-inch cast aluminum shoe has three chamfer grooves for bevel cuts and ensures level and square cuts.  Dust extraction is important and this electric planer features a thick mesh filtered dust bag and the ability to switch the exit port to the left or right side for maximum flexibility on any job.

 

Features

  • 6.5-Amp, 16,500 RPM electric planer tool can remove up to 5/64 inches of material in one pass and provides plenty of power for a variety of planing applications including wood blanks, doors, joists, and chamfering or profiling edges
  • A solid 11-1/2-inch cast aluminum shoe ensures level and square results while its three chamfer grooves enable you to make the most common bevel cuts with ease
  • Dust extraction features include a thick mesh filtered dust bag that captures dust and debris, a dual extraction lever that lets you switch the exhaust port to either side of the planer, and vacuum-compatible dust extraction ports and adapter that will work with most worksite vacuums
  • A kickstand under the aluminum shoe helps protect the blades and work surface when you’re not using the tool
  • The planer’s handle is positioned behind the tool close to the work and has a comfortable, vibration-reducing over-molded grip
  • A handy depth dial at the front of the tool doubles as a comfortable grip
  • The tool’s motor brushes and belt drive are replaceable mean quick servicing, minimum downtime, and an extended life
  • A 6-foot high-grade power cord is more flexible than standard cords in cold weather
  • Electric Planer: PORTER-CABLE PC60THPK Case View3-Year limited warranty against defects in materials or workmanship and a 1-Year free service contract

 

Included Accessories

  • 2- Carbide cutting blades
  • 2 – HSS cutting blades
  • 1 – Wrench
  • 1 – Dust bag
  • 1 – Vacuum adapter
  • 1 – Hard-sided kit box

 

 

Customer Reviews

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Pros

  • Excellent value
  • Easy to use
  • Powerful
  • Well-built

 

Cons

  • Dust collection bag has awkward design and fills up fast
  • Adjustment hex key not included in kit
  • Power cord design gets in the way

 

 

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#3 – DEWALT DW680K 7 Amp 3-1/4-Inch Handheld Heavy-Duty Planer Kit

Electric Planer: DEWALT DW680K Main ViewThe 15,000 RPM DEWALT DW680K 7 Amp 3-1/4-Inch Handheld Heavy-Duty Planer Kit has plenty of features for the serious woodworker.  It has a rugged 7-Amp, 15,000 RPM motor that delivers steady, smooth material removal even in the toughest applications.  Capable of removing up to 3/32-inches of material in a single pass, it has an innovative rubber-coated Calibrated Depth Adjustment Knob to ensure the depth you set is fine-tuned and never needs re-zeroing.  Its capable of accommodating either HSS or carbide steel reversible blades that can be sharpened. Its precision machined shoe on bottom and sides maintains even results and perfectly square rabbet joints while its three chamfer grooves generate three distinct beveling channels.

 

Features

  • 7.0-Amp, 15,000 RPM electric planer capable of removing up to 3/32-inches of material in a single cut and delivering a smooth, even finish in the hardest woods
  • Precision rubber-coated Calibrated Depth Adjustment Know ensures accurate depths
  • The convenient kickstand allows an increased number of passes
  • Comfortable two-finger trigger reduces exhaustion for less fatigue during extended use
  • Poly V-Belt for longer life
  • Precision machined shoe on bottom and sides maintains even results and perfectly square rabbet joints while its three chamfer grooves generate three distinct beveling channels
  • Capable of accommodating either HSS or reversible carbide blades

 

 

Included Accessories

  • 2 – Reversible carbide blades
  • 1 – Rabbeting fence
  • 1 – Rugged, protective carrying case

Electric Planer: DEWALT DW680K Case View

Note:  Customers have reported difficulty in finding a dust collector adapter that works with a shop vacuum.  Some customers have reported that DEWALT does have a dust collector adaptor for another power hand planer they sell that works with this model (Part # 5140090-45). It is a 90-degree elbow that fits into the oddly shaped dust port of the planer and has a round port. The OD of the outside circle is 1.5″ and the OD of the inner circle is 1″.

 

Customer Reviews

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Pros

  • Easy depth control
  • Quality materials and construction
  • Powerful performance
  • Well-balanced design

 

Cons

  • No dust collector with kit
  • Heavier than some
  • Exhaust port is not switchable
  • Cord placement is awkward

 

 

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#2 – Bosch 1594K 6.5 Amp 3-1/4-Inch Handheld Planer Kit

Electric Planer: Bosch 1594K Main ViewThe Bosch 1594K 6.5 Amp 3-1/4-Inch Handheld Planer Kit is capable of fast material removal while leaving behind a smooth finish. It’s powerful 6.5-Amp, 16,500 RPM motor can remove up to 5/64-inches of material in a single pass and has an accurate, ratcheting depth adjustment knob.  This tool uses durable, micro-grain carbide blades.  Wood Razor Chip ejection is switchable to either side and the fence has precision bevels that are easily adjustable.  Its spring-loaded kickstand protects the blades and your work surface when the tool is not in use.  Unlike many electric planers, this model makes it easy to start a cut in the middle of a wood piece.  The lock-off release button makes this model safe against accidental starts.

 

Features

  • 6.5-Amp, 16,500 RPM electric planer capable of removing up to 5/64-inches of material in a single cut
  • Accurate, ratcheting depth adjustment knob ensures precision cutting
  • Chip exhaust is switchable for maximum flexibility on your job site
  • A handy, spring-loaded kickstand protects the blades and your working surface when the tool isn’t in use
  • Safety lock-off release button protects against accidental starts
  • Tool uses durable, micro-grain carbide cutting blades
  • 1-Year limited warranty

 

Included Accessories

  • 2 – Wood Razor blades
  • 1 – Chip bag
  • 1 – Bevel guide fence
  • 1 – Blade wrench
  • 1 – Protective carrying case

 

Customer Reviews

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Pros

  • High-quality construction and materials
  • Switchable exhaust port
  • Simple depth adjustment
  • Smooth operation

 

Cons

  • Depth control design makes it easy to accidentally change depth setting
  • Exhaust port clogs easily
  • Fence is not rigid enough

 

 

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#1 – Makita KP0810 7.5-Amp 3-1/4-Inch Handheld Planer

Electric Planer: Makita KP0810 Main ViewWith a no-load speed of 16,000 RPM, the Makita KP0810 7.5-Amp 3-1/4-Inch Handheld Planer delivers the power, cutting capacity, and ease of use contractors look for during construction framing, window and door installation, or fine woodworking.  Its dual-blade cutter head with double edge carbide blades can remove up to 5/32-inches of material in a single pass, this model cuts faster and smoother.  Two-sided lock-on/off button can be operated from either side of the handle and protects against accidental starts.  Its rigid diecast aluminum housing with all ball bearing construction and planer drum support is engineered for increased durability and long life.  Ergonomically-centered, balanced, and rubberized front and rear handles reduce fatigue during extended use.

 

Features

  • 7.5-Amp, 16,000 RPM electric planer with dual-blade cutter head with double edge carbide blades capable of removing up to 5/32-inches of material in a single cut
  • Ergonomically-centered, balanced, and rubberized front and rear handles reduce fatigue during extended use
  • A spring-loaded kickstand elevates the base to protect the blades and workpiece from damage when not in use
  • Switchable chip ejection can be directed to either side of the tool
  • Enjoy precision planing using the easy-to-read scale on the adjustment knob with positive control click stops in 0.1 mm increments
  • Front base features three chamfering groove options
  • A conveniently-located lock-on button for continuous operation
  • Electric Planer: Makita KP0810 Heading View30-Day return or replacement satisfaction guarantee and 1-Year limited warranty

 

Included Accessories

  • 1 – Blade gauge assembly
  • 1 – Blade wrench
  • 1 – Depth guide
  • 1 – Blade set

 

Customer Reviews

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Pros

  • Smooth and powerful
  • Accurate positive control over depth adjustment
  • High-quality materials and construction
  • Easy to service and maintain

 

Cons

  • No case included
  • No dust collection adapter included

 

 

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Wood is an imperfect material that comes from the mill with rough dimensions. If your project needs accurate, finished dimensions, you need to prepare the wood. An electric planer allows you to remove excess wood and bring the dimensions in line with the accuracy you need.  We sincerely hope that this article has provided you with valuable information that helps you choose the right electric planer for your needs!

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