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Hi folks my name is Jonathan and welcome to BestPlaners.com. This site is a culmination of my experiences, my thoughts and my pursuit towards finding the best planers and everything related with molding uncut wood pieces into perfectly shaped planks. Ever since my 9th grade pet project to build a tree house replete with a bedroom and dining area (my imagination continues to run wild!), I have been a DIY woodworking enthusiast. While time doesn’t always allow me to try out all my wild ideas, I do manage a few hours on weekends to satisfy my insatiable wood working desires. In the process I have come across plenty of planers and after recently advising a few fellow DIY enthusiasts on the Planer Buying Guidebest planers I thought it would be a novel idea to share my insight into this concentrated branch of wood power tools with others.

Feel free to take a look around, read up new planer models, find pointers and tips. I am at your service, regularly updating existing reviews, adding new ones and finding articles, how-to guides and pet projects for your benefit. Also if you have a question, comment or suggestion do drop it in my comment box and I’ll get back to you at the earliest.

Types of Planers Reviewed on BestPlaners.com:

As you see below, I have arranged all planers in five categories. Each serves a different distinct purpose and have some advantages and drawbacks. Read through them and decide which one serves you the best for your woodworking project.

hand planers

Hand Planers

You can consider hand planers to be the first generation. They have a serrated edge parallel with the wood surface that you then move across the surface of wood starting from the lesser thickness end towards the higher thickness end. This shaves off wood from the surface, strip by strip until the entire surface is leveled.

  • Best For – As a side tool for finishing purposes.
  • Pros – Can always be used, needs no specialization or electricity.
  • Cons – Takes a long time to level wood, leaves a lot of wood filings and chips, not meant for reducing thickness beyond 1 inch.
thickness planers

Thickness Planers

As the name suggests these planers are solely designed to shave of a few inches at once to level the wood plank for a particular thickness. They are usually small and portable but need a wide space to operate.

  • Best For – DIY enthusiasts and folks wishing to save money by purchasing unfinished wood in bulk.
  • Pros – Low maintenance, inexpensive and easy to use.
  • Cons – Not always precise and tend to handle at most 4 inch to 6 inch thick boards.
jointer planers

Jointer Planers

A blend between Jointer and Planers, these planers actually let you do two things at a time or multitask. Today such equipment costs less than purchasing the two separately and hence are a good cost saving measure for enthusiasts and small workshops.

  • Best For – Medium sized workshops, who need a jointer for large projects but don’t have a decent sized planer either.
  • Pros – Loads of power, ability to do two tasks at once and reliable.
  • Cons – Usually large and bulky, expensive, not useful for an average DIY enthusiast.
portable planers

Portable Planers

Hand planers too are portable but you can’t set it on automatic, push a log or wood plank and except an uniform thickness on the other side. A portable planer is basically a miniature version of stationary planers that can be carried around, placed on any flat surface and used to plane wood.

  • Best For – Tiny workshops, enthusiasts and homeowners who love DIY home repairs.
  • Pros – Inexpensive, dependable, loads of models and easy to use.
  • Cons – Accuracy is a bit shoddy at best, can’t be used for precision wood working or high quality finishing.
benchtop planers

Benchtop Planers

Similar to portable planers but these are slightly larger in size and need a flat surface to operate. They are powerful, manage to produce deeper cuts and hence handle higher thickness and use induction motors with a high power output. Benchtop planers are capable of handling hard wood too and are moderately portable because of the weight and size.

  • Best For – Hard woods, heavy duty use and professional woodworking shops.
  • Pros – Excellent control over thickness, high power and superb reliability.
  • Cons – Won’t be easy to move around, needs maintenance and a lot of power.

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