An Essential Tool for Your Kit

5Getting the perfect electric hand planer for the woodworking professional or hobbyist is hard. Here at we’ve compiled a list of the best of the best electric hand planers, essential tools carpenters use for everyday woodworking. These power tools make great stocking for the woodworker in your life.

WEN 6530 6-Amp Electric Hand Planer

WEN’s 6530 unit is perfect for the serious planer. Perfect for rabbeting, chamfering, and alterations, the 6530 is a viable option for smoothing out joints and edges. Its convenient size makes it right at home, at home, to fix doors or even repair furniture pieces. The 6-amp motor is more than suitable to smooth out any rough edges, delivering over 34,000 cuts per minute. In tow with a dust bag, a kickstand, a rabbeting guide, and a fence bracket, the WEN 630 6-Amp Electric Hand Planer will fit right into any woodworker’s tool kit.

Porter-Cable PC60THP 6-Amp Hand Planer

The Porter-Cable 6 Amp Hand Planer cuts through any wood like a hot knife through butter, thanks to its 6 amp motor. A versatile electric hand Planer, the PC60THP comes with a dual-side dust extraction feature that allows the dust bag to be placed on either side of it, essentially reducing clean-up efforts, and allotting more time to get work done. With 10 positive steps, effective planer control and multiple depth control settings are a huge boon. The 11.5 inch cast aluminum shoe offers great control and finish, and it comes with carbide cutting blades, a dust bag, as well as a wrench, kit bag, and edge guide.

Dewalt DW680K 7 Amp 3-1/4-Inch Planer

Dewalt is a household brand, and brings with its name the assurance of quality and reliability in their DW680K 7 Amp, 3-1/4-Inch Planer. The 7 amp motor offers 15,000 rpm and the reversible carbide blades are more than suitable for re-sharpening and smoothing out frames and edges. A precision-machined shoe bottom makes for a flat surface finish and square rabbet joints unlike any other, and a cutting depth of 3/32-inches means a reduction in pass numbers on your given material.

Makita Lithium-Ion Cordless 3-1/4-Inch XPK01Z 18V LXT Planer

The Makita Lithium-Ion Cordless Planer takes convenience to a new level with its quick charging capabilities. Less charging means less time waiting around, and more productivity. Fast-working and effective, this cordless hand planer cuts like no other. In just one pass, the cordless planer can plane up to 3-1/4 inches wide and 5/64 inches deep, and a two-blade cutter head with carbide blades allow for enhanced performance and a smooth finish. At only 7.4 pounds, the wireless planer can be taken anywhere and is perfect for lengthy woodworking projects.

Bosch PL1632 6.5 Amp Planer, 3-1/4″

Bosch is another manufacturer with quite a reputation, and their PL1632 planer fails to disappoint. A 6.5 amp motor is suitable for most woodworking, and a lock-off/lock-on feature prevents accidental starts. A dual mount fence keeps work pieces from getting married and a built-in stand elevates the planer and protects the blades. An included reversible wood razor blade, a dual mount guide fence, shaving bags, a plastic overshoe and blade wrench make this electric hand planer an indispensable necessity in any woodworking arsenal.