Three Things to Look at When Buying a New Wood Planer

With the right wood planer, you’ll find dozens of jobs and projects that you do in your workshop. These power tools are similar to sanders but remove a larger portion of wood with each pass. Unlike manual planers that require you use more pressure or force to move the tool over the surface of the wood, new electric models come with a motor that applies the exact amount of power needed. Don’t just buy the first or cheapest model that you see though without first looking at some top features.

Width and Depth

Always look at both the minimum and maximum cuts that the planer can make. Those with a larger width can remove a larger portion from the surface of a piece of wood with one swipe or motion. If the planer has a smaller width, you’ll need to go over that wood multiple times. The depth that it cuts tells you how deeply you can cut into that wood. A deeper maximum cut depth will help you get through a project faster. The top planers come with an adjustment knob for changing how deeply you cut too.

Blade Type

Those who have less experience working with wood may not think about checking out the blades that come with the planer. This results in them buying tools with cheaper blades that break down in the middle of a project or blades that fall out when they use the planer at a higher speed. Never buy a planer without first ensuring that it comes with carbide blades and checking on how easily you can change those blades. The best models have guards that keep your hands away from the planer blades to prevent accidents too.

Chip Chute

If you ever worked with wood before, you know that a simple piece of wood can produce a high level of dust and debris. Companies that make planers include a chip chute that moves the chips and sawdust produced to one side of the planer. You’ll want to find one that lets you keep that chute on the opposite side of your body to keep that dust away from your work area. Some models will work with a vacuum to clean the wood off your station as you work. Checking the chip chute, blade type and cutting sizes will help you find the best wood planer.

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