In this guide we’ll look at the best electric planers for the UK market.
We’ve compared power, performance, build quality and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What Are The Best Electric Planers?
More Detailed Electric Planer Reviews
Makita KP0810K 240 V 82 mm Heavy Duty Planer Review
The Makita KP0810K 82 mm Heavy Duty Planer is one of the best electric planers on the market.
This power planer has an 850 Watt soft start motor that delivers 16,000 rpm. It has a two-blade cutter head and can make cuts of 82 mm wide and 4 mm deep in a single pass. It is also capable of cutting rebates up to 25 mm. The planer is easily adjustable with precise 0.1 mm increment click stops to help you achieve super accurate results.
This electric hand planer comes with a dust bag, is suitable for use with a vacuum cleaner and has left or right chip ejection. It also comes with a socket wrench, guide rule, blade gauge and a carry case.
This is a powerful, well-built and versatile planer and one of the best electric planers in the UK market.
Bosch Professional GHO 26-82 D Corded 240 V Planer Review
The Bosch Professional GHO 26-82 D Corded Planer is an easy to use electric planer that produces excellent results.
Although this single blade model is lighter than its competitors the 710 Watt motor means it can cut up to 2.6 mm in a single pass. The single blade design makes it easier to set up and use as no blade alignment is required. The blade is also adjustable with incremental stops of just 0.1 mm ensuring precise results.
There is a also centred groove for chamfering, a spring-loaded park shoe to protect the work surface and a lock-off switch to ensures the planer cannot be started accidentally.
Makita KP0800 240V 82mm Planer Review
The Makita KP0800 82 mm Planer is powerful, versatile mid-range planer and offers excellent value for money.
This planer has a 620 Watt motor that provides up to 17,000 rpm. The double cutting head is 82 mm wide and can cut 2 mm in a single pass. The maximum rebate depth is 9 mm. The planer is easy to adjust in precise increments for a professional finish and accurate results. The planer is supplied with mini carbide blades, a socket wrench and a blade assembly. It can be connected to a vacuum cleaner or used with a dust bag purchased separately.
This is an effective and easy to use mid-range model that is ideal for medium duty planing jobs and is one of the best wood planers for the money.
Bosch PHO 1500 Planer Review
For a cheap electric planer the Bosch PHO 1500 Planer ticks all the right boxes.
This planer is really easy to use and comes with an electronically balanced blade drum for a high quality planing experience. The Tungsten Carbide reversible planer blade produces smooth results even on hardwoods. Depth adjustment is easy and changing a blade is accomplished by loosening just two Allen screws. The power planer can be used with a vacuum cleaner for efficient chip collection, or you can purchase a dust bag separately.
This is a simple to use cheap planer that produces a great finish for most DIY planing tasks and makes a good budget option for the keen woodworker.
BLACK+DECKER High Performance Rebating Planer, 750 W Review
The Black+Decker High Performance Rebating Planer has a powerful 750 Watt motor, two high-quality TCT blades and provides professional quality results at an excellent price.
This is a well-built yet cheap wood planer that feels comfortable and light to use. The 750 Watt motor can generate up to 16,000 rpm. The planer can shave to maximum depth of 2 mm in 0.2 mm increments. It comes with a parallel fence for easy rebating and a dust bag. This power planer can be attached to a standard vacuum cleaner as well.
The set also comes with a spanner and is supplied in a kit box.
Electric Planer Buyer’s Guide
Electric planers, sometimes known as power planers, offer plenty of power when undertaking tough planing jobs. However the capabilities of these power planers do vary. For heavy duty work, look for a planer with a powerful motor and a high rpm to make light work of those heavier planing tasks.
For heavy duty jobs, especially involving hardwoods, it is worth investing in tungsten carbide tipped (TCT) blades as these are more hard-wearing and provide smoother finishes for longer.
For really heavy duty carpentry work though it is definitely worth investing in a large heavy-duty electric wood planer as these can shave up to 4 mm in a single pass, saving you time and effort. For smaller jobs around the house, you may find a smaller model more suitable as these are often lighter and easier to handle. These usually cut around 2 mm in a pass.
Most standard electric hand planers come with two blades that are used in unison. However, there are single blade planers available and these can be useful for novices as they are very easy to set up with simple blade changing.
How to use an electric planer
Electric planers are powerful tools so care should be taken when using them. You should always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure you are using the tool correctly and following any specific safety advice relevant to your tool.
You can use a high powered electric wood planer for removing large amounts of wood as they can often cut away up to 4 mm in a single pass.
However, for finer work, you should adjust the settings in order to make shallower passes as this will achieve a higher quality result.
Before beginning work ensure that the planer blades are sharp and properly adjusted. It is worth doing some test runs on scrap wood to ensure that everything is in order.
Once you have selected your settings you should ensure that your work piece is secure.
Switch on the motor and run it until maximum speed is attained. Now move the planer steadily until it comes into contact with the wood. Slowly push it forward keeping the pressure on the front grip of the planer. Once both planer soles come into contact with the wood balance the pressure on both handles. As you push the planer tool away from the work, apply slightly more pressure to the rear handle.
When you put the planer down, ensure that the front shoe of the planer is facing upwards as the cutter head stops spinning to prevent damage to surfaces. Some electric hand planers have a special safety attachment that prevents the blade from touching surfaces and this will kick in automatically when you put the planer down.
What can an electric planer be used for?
High powered electric planers can be used for a variety of tasks from removing large amounts of wood to prepare timber for building construction to trimming a door to stop it sticking. Here are some other tasks that are a breeze with a power planer.
- Cutting thicknesses of wood to size
- Chamfering wood
- Making rebate or lapped joints
- Levelling floor joists
- Smoothing out rough or uneven edges on timber
- Trimming doors so they fit just right
- Creating bevels
- Restoring damaged or weathered wood by removing the top surface
- Levelling tables and chairs
- Shaping and tapering wood
How do I trim a sticking door with a planer?
First, you need to open and close the door a few times to see where it is sticking. Make pencil marks on the door to show the problematic areas.
Now remove the door from its hinges and lay it on a stable surface and secure it.
Mask any areas that need protection, such as the door face, with painters’ tape to prevent damage. If you are trimming the end of the door it is worth affixing an end stop to the piece to prevent splitting or chipping.
Set your electric plane to a shallow depth setting so you can trim small amounts of material away at a time until you have removed all the unwanted wood.
Replace the door to see if it is moving freely. If it’s still sticking, repeat the process.