Electric Planer: Complete Buying Guide

To keep it straight an electric planer is used to cut wood from a board. When you intend to do a lot of planing for a large project, then you should use a stationary planer designed to handle larger and denser content as well.

On the other hand, a handheld electric planer will do the job if you need to take your planing capability with you on multiple job sites or just need the planer for small projects. This article is designed to help you pick the right electric planer for your handheld.check my blogĀ for more info.

What should you take into account when purchasing an electric planar?

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

How much power you need depends on your planing material and project size. With small projects in less thick wood content, a lightweight cordless model may be perfect, while you’ll better choose a corded model with plenty of strength to finish a large project such as a deck or a building utilizing denser material.

Cordless versions are also more costly, so a corded device will be a better choice if you are looking at the budget.

Corded models still dominate the electric planer landscape, despite inroads by cordless models. So, you generally look for the Amps rating while evaluating strength.

An Amp bearing of 7 Amps or more should be adequate for most applications. If you are going to do heavy-duty planing for regular large projects in dense material, you can buy an electric planer with a 10-Amp or more grade.

The bigger the electric planer the heavier the motor, so bear that in mind when choosing.

RPM An electronic planer uses a high speed cutting device to remove wood from the surface with which you are operating. In general, higher speeds translate into more even, consistent cuts. You should choose a model with a 15,000-plus RPM rating.

Maximum depth of cutting The maximum depth of cutting determines how much material you can remove with each pass. A sharper cut makes it possible for you to finish quicker but only if the planer is up to the task. If you have the right amount of power and the right RPM, if the electric planer has the right maximum depth capability you can cut more material per pass.

Cutting depths from 2/32 inch to or greater than 5/32 inch are available. Also, planners come in different widths achieving faster passes by removing more area of material than depth. Wider planing widths generally mean shallower maximum cutting depth but may eventually lead to more material being removed faster overall.

Maximum cutting width For an electric planer the common maximum cutting width is 3-1/4 inches. If more material needs to be removed, there are bigger widths available. In general, larger electric planers are more powerful and more expensive.

Cutting Blades Most common electric handheld planers have dual blades that remove the material. Blades take a lot of spinning abuse at more than 15,000 RPM which means each blade hits the material 15,000 times per minute. Blades can go dull very fast, depending on the material. Light to medium duty blades are made of high resistance steel (HSS). If you are using your planer frequently for heavy duty use, carbide blades are a better choice if they are available.

Some blades are reversible before they need replacement to double the usage. Also other blades can be sharpened so you can use them several times before you have to replace them with new ones.