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The Ancient Roman Plane Of Yorkshire Wolds

— Plane Old Archaeology In the Summer of 2000, while excavating for the BP Teeside-Saltend Etyhlene pipeline project near Goodmanham on the Yorkshire Wolds, it was discovered that under part of the proposed site lay a 1st to 5th century AD Roman-British village. While working near a simple rectangular timber building, along the upper fill of […]

The Metallic Plane Company of Auburn, N.Y. – Manufacturer And Builder (April 1878)

— The article below first appeared in «The Manufacturer And Builder» in April, 1878, and highlights the benefits of metal planes produced by the Metallic Plane Company of Auburn, N.Y. While these articles were little more than advertisements in the trade papers of the day they do, nonetheless, show some insights into the makers and manufacturers […]

A Simple Dowel Grooving Plane

— Fig. 1: Handy plane for 1/4 inch and 3/4 inch dowel. The main body of the plane is in two pieces screwed together. If desired, a 1/16 inch chisel could be used for the cutter, the plane body being trenched to suit it. It is always necessary to groove a dowel to prevent the glue […]

A Brief History Of The Woodworking Plane

— A beautifully decorated 17th or early 18th century plane, probably of German origin, in the Weston Park Museum, Sheffield, by whose kind permission it is reproduced. NOTE: The following article is from a small booklet by Stanley Tools in Great Britain which was printed sometime in the 1950’s or 1960’s. A Brief History Of The […]

An Introduction To Understanding Rebate Planes

— The following article first appeared in the British magazine ‘The Woodworker’ in January, 1940. Here we take a look at the various rebate planes that are available, along with their use. At the end of the article there’s an advertisement for the author’s new book, titled ‘Woodwork Tools’. Known simply as «Craftsman» in the magazine, […]

Shodding Your Smoothing Plane With A Steel Sole

— A disadvantage with wooden planes is that, when engaged in much repair work, the soles soon begin to show signs of wear. The smoothing plane seems to suffer the most, with the result that the sole has to be trued up frequently with an iron try-plane. Naturally, the plane becomes smaller and smaller. To prevent […]

Shooting Boards And Donkey’s Ears – Appliances Used With Planes

— The following article first appeared in the British magazine ‘The Woodworker’ in December, 1939. It was part of a series of articles which would run throughout the rest of that year and into 1940. Part 6 focused on shooting boards and other appliances used with planes. Although the information contained in this article is beneficial […]

Planemaking – Casting An Iron Rebate Plane

— Fig. 1. — Section through Rebate Plane.NOTE: Click on image to enlarge. An Iron Rebate Plane. By A Foreman Pattern Maker. Purpose of Rebate Plane — Why Skew-Mouthed — Effect of Skew-Mouth — Pattern for Rebate Plane — Core Box — Prints — Mouth — Filling in Blocks — Dimensions — Special Rebate Planes. Hitherto […]

Planemaking – Casting An Adjustable Block Plane

— Fig. 1. — Casting for Block Plane, in Section. Fig. 2. — Section through A A.NOTE: Click on image to enlarge. A Block Plane And Plane With Lever Adjustment. By A Foreman Pattern Maker. A word in season — Shell of Block Plane — Patterns — Metal and Wooden Boss — Screw — Qualities of […]

Planemaking – Casting An Iron Chariot Plane

— Fig. 7. — Chariot Plane, in Section. Fig. 7 A. — Ditto, in Plan.NOTE: Click on image to enlarge. Home-Made Tools. By J. H. III. — An Iron Chariot Plane. In this article I will describe and illustrate a common iron chariot plane. The remarks made in a previous article with reference to the soundness […]

Planemaking – Casting An Iron Smoothing Plane

— Fig. 4. — Casting for Iron Smoothing Plane: Section. Fig. 4 A. — Ditto: Plan.NOTE: Click on image to enlarge. Home-Made Tools. By J. H. II. — An Iron Smoothing Plane. In this article I will describe and illustrate a common iron smoothing plane. Fig. 4 shows the casting for an iron plane of the […]

Woodworking Planes And Their Use

— The following article first appeared in the British magazine ‘The Woodworker’ in November, 1939. It was part of a series of articles which would run throughout the rest of that year and into 1940. Part 5 looked at planes and their use, and includes the sharpening and setting of the plane iron (blade) within the […]

What To Know About Planes – Choosing The Basic Tool Kit

— The following article first appeared in the British magazine ‘The Woodworker’ in July, 1939. It was part of a series of articles which would run throughout the rest of that year — Part 1 being on the subject of choosing the basic tool kit. While I have included the introduction to the piece — along […]

Planemaking – Casting And Making An Iron Trying Plane

— Home Made Tools. Fig. 1. — Iron Trying Plane: Longitudinal Section. Fig. 2. — Ditto: Transverse Section. Fig. 3. — Ditto: Enlarged Section Of Mouth.NOTE: Click on image to enlarge. The following article is taken from the 1889 trade publication «Work» (Saturday, April 13, 1889 — Vol. 1, No. 4). It should be noted that […]

Wooden Plane Making: Cutting Beech Plane-Stocks

— When it comes to cutting and making the main body stock of a wooden hand plane its important to realize the fundamentals of planemaking. It goes without saying that wood is a very accommodating and expressive material, and its always on the move in one way or another. The maker, or restorer, needs to be […]

Building A Shepherd Smoother

— While in business, the Shepherd Tool Company sold some 1000 kits and 450 finished infill planes of various descriptions, including smoothers, jointers, chariot planes and shoulder planes. The kits proved to be an affordable way for many woodworkers and beginner plane makers to embark on making their first hand plane. Woodworker Steve B. explains how […]

Interview With Plane Maker John Economaki

— John Economaki is widely known amongst fine tool aficionados for his wonderfully crafted woodworking tools, made from brass, steel and exotic rosewoods, which he first started to produce as a one-man enterprise way back in 1983. Since then the business has grown from strength to strength and both collectors and users have coveted the squares, […]

Spiers No. 1 Dovetailed Panel Plane (13-1/2″)

— These side plate profile drawings are from a later model Spiers No. 1 dovetailed panel plane and are offered more as a template for cutting out the side plates for dovetailing, rather than a full and comprehensive set of plans or diagrams. Typically the side plates of these planes were made from 3/16″ thick pieces […]


What is a Hand Planer? (with pictures)

A hand planer is a tool used for shaping wood. It is most commonly used to flatten, thin, or apply a smooth finish to a rough piece of lumber. Hand planers typically consist of a blade attached to a body, which is passed over the surface of a piece of wood to render it smooth.

Hand planers originated centuries ago. They were first made from wood with a rectangular slot cut into the body. The blade was fastened in place with a wooden wedge that attached to the slot. These early planers have been found in excavation sites across Europe and Asia, as well as in drawings from the medieval era.

In the late 1800s, hand planers with cast iron bodies were created by Leonard Bailey, an inventor from Massachusetts, USA. The patents for these early planes were later purchased by Stanley, Rule & Lever, a manufacturer of tools located in Connecticut, USA. The original design was further improved upon by the company, eventually becoming the basis for the metal hand planes manufactured today.

Modern hand planers are typically made of wood, cast iron, or occasionally bronze. They have many more parts and features than their predecessors. Most consist of a mouth, iron, lever cap, depth adjustment knob, knob, tote, cap iron, lateral adjustment lever, and the frog.

The mouth of a hand planer is an opening located on the bottom of the device, where the wood shavings pass through as they are shaved off. The iron is the steel plate with a sharp edge that actually cuts the wood. It is often referred to as simply, the blade. The lever cap exists to keep the blade firmly attached to the body of the plane.

The depth adjustment knob is a small knob usually located on the side of the hand planer. It controls how much of the blade extends out from the mouth. The knob, also called the handle, is a larger knob on the top of the plane that the workman holds while using the hand planer. The tote is a handle located on the back of the plane. It can also be used to carry the device.

The lateral adjustment lever is located near the lever cap. It is used to adjust the planer’s blade to ensure a uniform depth and smoothness across the entire surface of the wood. The frog is the part of the hand planer that holds it at the correct angle. It is a sliding wedge of iron that can be adjusted as needed to increase or decrease the gap between the blade and front of the mouth.

There are many different types of hand planers available, although they all include the basic parts. Bench or block planes are most common. A bench planer is distinguished by its cutting blade that is attached to a chipbreaker with the bevel facing down. Block planes are also attached to a chipbreaker, but with the bevel facing up. Hand planers are also sometimes categorized by the material from which they are made. Wooden and metal planes are examples.

There are also several types of specialized hand planers available. A Japanese plane is pulled toward the body while in use, as opposed to being pushed away from the body like traditional planes. Other special planers include the finger plane, which is used on very small pieces of wood, and a smoothing plane, which is used to prepare wood for finishing.


Plane (tool) — Wikipedia

A hand plane is a tool for shaping wood using muscle power to force the cutting blade over the wood surface. Some rotary power planers are motorized power tools used for the same types of larger tasks, but are unsuitable for fine scale planing where a miniature hand plane is used.

When powered by electricity to the breadth of a board or panel, the tool may be called a thickness planer or planer which are designed to shape, flatten, and finish larger boards or surfaces.

Generally all planes are used to flatten, reduce the thickness of, and impart a smooth surface to a rough piece of lumber or timber. Planing is also used to produce horizontal, vertical, or inclined flat surfaces on workpieces usually too large for shaping, where the integrity of the whole requires the same smooth surface. Special types of planes are designed to cut joints or decorative mouldings.

Hand planes are generally the combination of a cutting edge, such as a sharpened metal plate, attached to a firm body, that when moved over a wood surface, take up relatively uniform shavings, by nature of the body riding on the ‘high spots’ in the wood, and also by providing a relatively constant angle to the cutting edge, render the planed surface very smooth. A cutter which extends below the bottom surface, or sole, of the plane slices off shavings of wood. A large, flat sole on a plane guides the cutter to remove only the highest parts of an imperfect surface, until, after several passes, the surface is flat and smooth. When used for flattening, bench planes with longer soles are preferred for boards with longer longitudinal dimensions. A longer sole registers against a greater portion of the board’s face or edge surface which leads to a more consistently flat surface or straighter edge. Conversely, using a smaller plane allows for more localized low or high spots to remain.

Though most planes are pushed across a piece of wood, holding it with one or both hands, Japanese planes are pulled toward the body, not pushed away.

Woodworking machinery that perform a similar function as hand planes include the jointer and the thickness planer, also called a thicknesser; the job these specialty power tools can still be done by hand planers and skilled manual labor as it was for many centuries. When rough lumber is reduced to dimensional lumber, a large electric motor or internal combustion engine will drive a thickness planer that removes a certain percentage of excess wood to create a uniform, smooth surface on all four sides of the board and in specialty woods, may also plane the cut edges.



5 Best Hand Planers Reviews of 2018

What is a Hand Planner

Most people know that trees are vital to our very existence as they generate oxygen, yield fruit, and also serve as decoration. Apart from that, timber is widely used in construction and manufacturing. Any wooden item undergoes a few stages of processing, and smoothing is one of the most important. A hand planer will help you make surfaces straight and flat. In comparison with conventional planes, hand planers are more efficient and deliver higher quality, and, what is more important, require minimum skills. Hand planers are able to perform rough chipping, backfitting, chamfering, and rebating, hence these tools are irreplaceable in joinery.

We also recommend you to consider jointers for tougher planing tasks, and our review of orbital sanders for fine wood polishing.

What Features to Compare


Decide on the type of a hand planer, taking into account where and how you will use it. Today, hand planers come in two types, corded and cordless. Corded planers are the most commonly used tools. A corded hand planer is usually equipped with a powerful motor that enables processing all types of wood. Corded models are more durable and work longer, as they are connected to a constant power supply. Cordless hand planers also have lots of advantages. A cordless planer can be used in hard-to-reach areas and sites without power supply thanks to its portability. Moreover, a cordless tool is also safe for operating in a humid environment. Cordless hand planers are lightweight and facilitate processing vertical surfaces.


When you choose a hand planer, it’s important to consider performance parameters. Planing requires a lot of effort, so the motor power is vital for tool’s performance. Pick a model according to the work scope. So, if you’re going to plane a few boards occasionally, a medium-power planer will be enough. Yet, if you have a great deal of work to accomplish, give your preference to a high-power planer. The cutterhead with knives is a key element of a planer that affects the performance. The no-load speed means the number of turns a drum makes per minute. For example, if you use a planer the no-load speed of which is 15,000 RPM and its cutterhead has 2 blades, it means that you’d have to make 30,000 runs with a conventional planer to do the same job. Remember that the higher the speed, the smoother the planed surface. Also, you should know the cutting width and the depth of a hand planer. The cutting width means the width of chips a planer slices per one pass, so the wider the planer is, the fewer runs you’ll make. The cutting depth stands for the thickness of removed shavings and affects the speed.


When you consider any hand tool, you surely pay attention to all conveniences it offers. First of all, pay attention to the weight of a planer; it’s an important criterion that predetermines working efficiency. For a two-handed comfortable use, look for auxiliary or adjustable handles. Some hand planers come with detachable bags for wood chips, while others may also provide users with a groove and a guide to help them cut accurately and straight. 


Hand Planer

How to Use a Hand Plane

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Shopping List for How to Use a Hand Plane:
— Machine oil, used to lubricate sharpening stone
— Wood block, used to prevent tear-out in end grain

Tools List for How to Use a Hand Plane:
— Bench planes
— Specialty planes
— Block planes
— Sharpening stone, for sharpening plane irons
— Clamp, used to secure wood block to workpiece

Steps for How to Use a Hand Plane:
1. Bench planes are used to flatten and smooth broad wood surfaces and narrow edges.
2. Long bench planes are best suited for smoothing very long surfaces and edges.
3. Specialty planes, such as a shoulder plane or rabbet plane, have plane irons (blades) that come flush with the edges of the tool.
4. Block planes are compact, versatile, and ideally suited for smoothing edges, small surfaces, and end grain.
5. Rotate the adjusting nut to control the depth of cut.
6. Pivot the lateral adjustment lever to square up the iron to the plane body.
7. Release the iron cap and extract the plane iron from the plane.
8. Test the sharpness of an iron by standing it on your thumbnail. If the iron slides off, it needs sharpening.
9. To sharpen a plane iron, start by applying machine oil to the coarse side of a sharpening stone.
10. Set the iron against the oiled stone with its beveled end facing down.
11. Tilt up the iron until its bevel is flush with the stone. Maintain that exact angle as you slowly rub the iron across the stone in a circular motion.
12. After a minute or two, flip over the iron and place it flat against the stone. Rub the iron back and forth to remove any burr from the back surface.
13. Next, flip the stone over to reveal its smooth surface. Apply oil and repeat the sharpening process.
14. Then raise the iron just a fraction of an inch, and make two or three passes across the stone.
15. Repeat the thumbnail test of Step 8 to check the iron’s sharpness.
16. When planing the narrow edge of a board, inspect the direction of the wood grain on the side of the board.
17. Always plane in the direction of the up-angling wood grain. Don’t plane against it.
18. Adjust the throat (mouth) of the plane to increase or decrease the gap between the plane iron and the bed of the plane. The proper adjustment will help prevent tearing out the grain.
19. Decrease the gap when planing end grain, and increase it when planing edge grain or making deep cuts.
20. When planing end grain, prevent tear-out by planing in from both ends toward the middle.
21. Another technique is to clamp a sacrificial wood block to the end of the board prior to planing. Then, any tear-out will occur in the block, not the board.

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8 Best Hand Planer Reviews in 2018

Hand planers are the essential tools for them who work with woods. The best hand planer used to furnish the wooden materials and make it smooth and flatten. It can reduce the thickness of the elements as well. To operate a hand planer muscle power is the essential thing you need to give a soft surface to a rough chunk of wood.

However, Hand Planers are most popular woodworking tools over some years. That’s why today we are here with the topic best hand planers of 2018. Here you will find all the reviews of top hand planers models.

Later on we will also discuss about the buying issues. Stay connected until the end.

Best Hand Planer: Reviews

After hours of research, testing and analysis our team made a list of best hand planer in 2018 according to their performance and quality. All the products are recommended by the experts and we also take customer feedback in our consideration. Check out the reviews quickly.

PORTER-CABLE PC60THP 6-Amp Hand Planer

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The PORTER is the name of satisfaction in tools industry. This PORTER-CABLE PC60THP 6 Amp Hand Planer is one of the best hand planer of present time. This one is definitely a heavy duty hand planer with powerful 6-amp motor. It offers smooth cutting even in the hard materials.

It provides a cutting speed of 16500 rpm that ensures smooth material removal. Besides, it features dual side dust extraction facility that offers flexibility on dust extraction activity. Also, this power planer comes with over mold depth knob that provides 10 positive steps for better control and various depth setting. The price is not prohibitive as well.

Key Features:
  • Has 6 amp powerful motor
  • Dual side dust extraction facility included
  • 10 positive steps with Over mold depth knob
  • Perfect construction
  • Long lasting
  • Corded Electric planer

WEN 6530 6-Amp Electric Hand Planer, 3-1/4-Inch

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The WEN 6530 is one of the best electric hand planer of present time with variety of cutting depths. The motor power is incredible with 6-Amp of power that can provide 34000 cuts per minute. Blades are durable and super simple to replace.

Therefore, this power planer comes with dust chute that is reversible apart from this it also has kickstand that provides extra protection.

Key Features:
  • Lightweight design
  • Comes with 6-Amp powerful motor
  • Offers 34000 cuts per minute
  • Durable blades for smooth cut
  • Can make rabbets up to 1 inch
  • Comes with dust bag, a kickstand, power planer etc

Makita KP0800K 3-1/4-Inch Planer Kit

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Well, this one is from the Makita! So, the construction is highly professional with first class materials. No confusion about the durability. Apart from this, the Makita KP0800K 3-1/4-Inch Planer Kit comes with 6.5 Amp motor that ensures superior power and fast material removal performance.

Besides, it has two blade cutter head that gives 17000 RPM for smooth finish. It also makes sure the accuracy with precision machined aluminum base. Therefore, this hand planer is also lightweight and easy to use with full comfort. Consider all the features closely we can call it one of the best hand planer of this era.

Key Features:
  • It can planes up to 3-1/4 inch wide and 3/32 inch deep in every single pass
  • Comes with two blade cutter head
  • Delivers 17000 RPM for smooth finish
  • Has 6.5 Amp motor
  • Provide fast material removal performance e
  • Covered with double edge carbide blade
  • Aluminum base included

BLACK+DECKER 7698K 5.2 Amp 3-1/4-Inch Planer

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With 5/16 inch rabbeting depth capacity and chamfering groove this Black & Decker 7698K Inch Planer is one of the best hand power planer of 2018. The construction of this hand planer is sturdy with first class materials.

It comes with versatile functionality and a powerful motor of 5.2 Amp. It provides 16500 RPM per minute with 5/64 cutting depth. This is perfect for home use. Besides, the price of this hand planer is not prohibitive as well.

Key Features:
  • Comes with versatility
  • Has powerful 5.2 Amp motor
  • Offers 16500 cuts per minute
  • Provides 5/64 inch deep cut every single pass
  • Comes with 10 positive stops
  • Has front depth adjustment handle

Makita 1806B 10.9 Amp 6-3/4-Inch Planer

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With Powerful 10.9 amp motor and 15 RPM speed this Makita 1806B 10.9 Amp 6-3/4- Inch Planer is one of the tremendous addition in our panoply. It has the ability to cut 6-3/4 inch width in single pass. The depth setting is easy and the design made this electric planer effortless to use.

The handle is comfortable and fits perfectly in any hand. Besides, it has lock on button that offers continuous operation. The sole plate is large and sturdy that ensures stability as well. It is one of the best hand planers for the beautiful performance.

Key Features:
  • Powerful 10.9 AMP motor included
  • Offers 15,000 RPM speed
  • It has the ability to cut 6-3/4 inch width every single time
  • Comfortable handle included
  • Sole plate included that is sturdy and large
  • Straightforward depth setting
  • Lock-on button

DEWALT D26676 3-1/4-Inch Portable Hand Planer

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The DEWALT D26676 3-1/4-Inch Portable Hand Planer is another best power hand planer with a motor of 5.5 Amp power. It offers smooth cutting performance in the hardest woods. The most amazing characteristic of this electric planer is that it provides 34000 cuts per minute which is way faster than other existing hand planers.

The blades of this planer are durable, industry standard and large in size. It comes with built in kickstand and the design is ergonomic for comfortable use.

Key Features:
  • Powerful 5.5 Amp motor included
  • Offers smooth finish
  • Offers 34000 cuts per minute
  • Fast removal rate
  • Industry standard blade
  • Has calibrated depth adjustment knob

DEWALT D26677K 3-1/4-Inch Portable Hand Planer Kit

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The DEWALT D26677K 3-1/4- Inch Portable Hand Planer Kit is another best hand planer for outstanding performance and durable lifespan. It has powerful 5.5 Amp motor included that offers smooth finish every single time. It gives 34000 cuts per minute that is incredible.

However, the design of this electric hand planer is ergonomic that will allow you to work with utmost comfort. Apart from those features it also comes with dust adaptor, two reversible carbide blades, rabbeting fence, depth setting gage and kit box.

Key Features:
  • Powerful 5.5 Amp motor included
  • Work smoothly in hardest wood
  • Gives 34000 cuts every minute
  • Ergonomic design
  • Has calibrated depth adjustment knob
  • Carbide blades included that is reversible

SKIL 1560-01 3-1/4-Inch Planer

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The SKIL 1560-01 3-1/4 inch Planer is the last option in our best hand planer reviews. It comes with 5.5 amp motor which is way powerful than any other hand planers of this class. However, it has 11 position depth control knob included and comes with reversible carbide blades as well.

The construction of this hand planer is perfect and it will last couple of years without any issue. Therefore, the manufacturer offers this hand planer at a reasonable price range.

Key Features:
  • Has 5.5 amp motor
  • Two reversible carbide blades included
  • Ensures smooth cuts every time
  • Comes with 11 position depth control knob
  • Has on-board wrench storage


That’s for the reviews of best hand planers. Hope you already made up your mind to purchase one from our list. However, we are adding a short buying guide below. Don’t forget to check it out.

Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Hand Planer

A hand planer is a versatile tool in woodworking activities. It is one of the most essential tools for the plumber. Besides, for keep the furniture in a perfect shape the importance of a hand planer is beyond description. But for getting the most benefits from a electric hand planer you have to purchase the right one.

Therefore, people who spend their money always one to grab the best option for the money. That’s why we are providing the buying guide for purchasing the best hand planer from the market. Let’s check the buying guide at a glance.

Consider Before Purchasing Best Hand Planer

Hand planers at present come with two different types. One is electric hand planer with cord and another is manual hand planers without any cords. Electric hand planers are most used hand planers at present. Because those provides lots of strength even in the hardest wood materials.

On the other hand cordless models need more muscle power of human. But as those are cordless so those will offer you more freedom than corded one. Now, pick the one according to your job type.

Ease of Use

While picking a hand planer it is essential to consider the using system. Try to pick one that is easy to use. Besides don’t forget to consider the weight as well. It will be tough to operate a heavyweight machine. Also, consider the handlebar. Try to pick a hand planer with adjustable handle. It would be wiser to pick a hand planer that comes with ergonomic handle. Those ergonomic design handles provide most comfort while using.

Think about Performance

While picking a hand planer, it is essential to consider the performance as well. You have to pick a hammer according to your task type. If you need a planer for light or medium works, a medium power motor is enough for you. In case of heavy duty projects, you have to pick a best power hand planer. Apart from this consider the RPM speed as well. Remember, the more RPM speed the planer has the faster and smoother operation it will provides.

Final Words

Whether pick one from our best hand planers reviews or from any other source don’t forget to spend your money wisely. Most of the hand planers in our reviews are made with superior quality materials. Those provide utmost performance with needed comfort. However, these are recommended by different experts as well. That’s why you can trust upon those products completely. Nobody is forcing you by the way. The choice is yours.

Lastly, while using those kinds of tools don’t forget to consider safety issue. Without full concentration you accident can occur any time.  We are done here today. Some other essential product reviews are coming soon. Till then:

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Best Hand Planer 2018 with Ultimate Buying Guide

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Best Hand Planer – Guide & Reviews

Hand planers have been around for quite a while. They can be considered to be among the oldest tools that one can have in their tool box, and they are still paramount. Carpenters and woodworkers were and are still the greatest users of hand planers.

The hand planers are designed for smoothing out wood. There are various hand planers in the market, but all have the same simple design and work with precision and accuracy. This tool is inexpensive but still performs to very high standards.

A hand planer is a tool which is essential for anybody who works with wood on a regular basis. To a larger extent, the best hand planer can straighten out crooked cuts, shape doors that are too tight for their openings and cleaning up painted or ruff surfaces.

A hand planer is electric which means it must be connected to a power source for it to work. This product gives the user much value from quite a small amount. I have selected a few brands of hand planers that are going to be put to scrutiny in this discussion for the benefit of current users and would be users.

Best Hand Planer — Comparison

Factors To Consider When Purchasing The Best Hand Planer

Buying a quality product entails lots of small bits of ingredients. You need to pay close attention to the minor details which in the end determine whether that product is worth the money or not. These factors are as follows:


The material the product is made from plays a crucial role in determining for how long it will exist or serve the user. This is just simple, the tougher the material, the longer the lifespan of the product. Most hand planers are designed and created from metal.

The strength of metal varies and the ability to sustain certain conditions. For instance, if a hand planer is made from aluminium that is known to be so tough and as a bonus it is resistant to negative factors such as rust.

Always do a check on the type of material used to make the best hand planer. Settle for nothing less than a material that has a reputation of lasting. That will serve as an assurance of getting value for your money.

Cutting Ability

The major and sole purpose for making this product was to cut through surfaces. Therefore the cutting ability is of much importance. The level of performance will be gauged by how good or accurate the hand planer cuts.

Cutting depends on the type of blades used and how sharp they are. Poor quality of blades will result in shoddy work. Inquire and get to know about the design of the blade in the hand planer. The cutting ability is determined by the quality of the blade.

It is this factor that a customer will be able to ascertain what types of jobs or materials the best hand planer can handle. There are those that can take on almost anything and those that deal with just specific materials.


A hand planer is a small device which is powerful and if not handled well can cause grievous harm to the user and other people nearby.

To address this issue, different manufacturers of different brands of hand planers have devised new methods of sorting this. Some hand planers have safety mechanisms such as locks and barriers protecting the blade from coming to contact with other things which are not being cut.

There is also a way the speed at which the machine works can be controlled by the user. This is also important ensure you check it before buying a hand planer.


Price is the common uniting factor across the board. Now that we know hand planers are a bit inexpensive, it is advisable a customer settles for what they are comfortable with financially but still well performing.

This can be made possible by forum shopping before settling on one hand planer. Get to compare the prices, features, advantages and disadvantages. Choose one that fits your desired hand planer.

Best Hand Planer Reviews

Here are the five best hand planers you can ever find on the market.


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