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
DeWalt D26500k 240 Volt Planer 1050w Review
The DeWalt D26500k 240 Volt Planer 1050w in Kit Box is the best planer if you need a powerful machine with tough TCT reversible blades and efficient chip collection.
This powerful corded planer from DeWalt makes light work of even the toughest planing job. The powerful 1050 watt motor produces an rpm of 13500 for effortless cutting of even hardwoods. I have found it can power through everything from doors to oak sleepers with ease. The cord is nice and long making it convenient to use. The chip collector is extremely effective and has a clear top so you can easily see when it needs emptying.
The planer has a planing width of 82mm, a maximum cutting depth of 4mm and a rebate depth of 25mm.
This planer comes with two reversible TCT blades a parallel fence, a rebate depth guide and a deflector and chip collector. Chip collection can be set to left or right to keep you and your work clear of debris. The whole lot comes in a tough and durable moulded plastic case.
This is a really powerful machine that will cover you for any and every type of planing you need to do with ease.
Makita KP0810K 240 V 82 mm Heavy Duty Planer Review
This Makita KP0810K 240 V 82 mm Heavy Duty Planer with Carry Case offers a powerful motor, precision adjustments and makes light work of even tough hardwoods.
The 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 4mm deep in a single pass. It is also capable of cutting rebates up to 25mm. The planer is easily adjustable with a click stops in 0.1 increments to help you achieve precise results.
The tool 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 planer eats its way through even hardwoods and is capable of precise adjustments, therefore, offering great value for money.
Bosch Professional GHO 26-82 D Corded 240 V Planer Review
The Bosch Professional 06015A4370 GHO 26-82 D Corded 240 V Planer is an easy to use planer that produces excellent results and is suitable for lighter cutting tasks.
This single blade model is easy to use and lighter than most equivalent planers. However, it is still powerful and has a 710-watt motor. This means it can cut up to 2.6mm in a single pass. The single blade design makes it easier to set up and use as no blade alignment is required. The planer is fully adjustable in 0.1 increments allowing precise results.
This planer allows even woodworking novices to achieve professional results.
Makita KP0800 240V 82mm Planer Review
The Makita KP0800 240V 82mm Planer is powerful, versatile planer for medium planing jobs 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 2mm in a single pass. The maximum rebate depth is 9mm. 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 offers great value for money.
BLACK+DECKER High Performance Rebating Planer, 750 W Review
This 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 planer has a great build quality and feels comfortable and light to use. The 750-watt motor produces an rpm of 16000. It has a maximum depth cut of 2mm in 0.2 mm increments. The planer comes with a parallel fence for easy rebating and is also supplied with a dust bag. The 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.
This planer is powerful and versatile and offers excellent value for money
Bosch PHO 1500 Planer Review
The Bosch PHO 1500 Planer has a single Woodrazor blade system which makes it really easy to set up and use.
This planer is really easy to use and comes with a Tungsten carbide reversible planer blade that produces smooth results even on hardwoods. Blade changing is also really simple with this planer. The 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 planer that creates a professional finish on lighter planing tasks and makes a good budget option for the keen woodworker.
Corded Planer Buyer’s Guide
Corded planers offer plenty of power for even tough planing jobs. However, the capabilities of corded planers do vary. For heavy duty work, look for a planer with a powerful motor and a high rpm as this will make light work of even heavy planing tasks.
For heavy duty jobs, especially on hardwoods, it is also worth investing in tungsten carbide tipped (TCT) blades as these give a lovely smooth finish and are also more hardwearing.
For really heavy duty carpentry work it is worth investing in a large heavy-duty planer as these can cut up to 4mm 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 and can usually cut around 2mm in a single pass.
Most standard planers come with two blades which 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 and changing the blades is really simple.
Planing is a really messy job so you will need an effective chip collection method on your planer. Some come with a dust collection bag and others can be attached to a standard vacuum cleaner.
How do I use an electric planer?
Corded 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 should also wear safety equipment including safety glasses and ear defenders when using an electric planer.
You can use a high powered electric planer for removing large amounts of wood as they can often cut away up to 4mm in a single pass.
However, for finer work, you should adjust the settings in order to make shallower passes as this will achieve a finer result.
Once you have chosen your settings you should ensure that your workpiece is secure.
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.
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 your tool off 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 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 an electric planer.
- Cut thicknesses of wood to size
- Chamfer wood
- Make rebate or lapped joints
- Level floor joists
- Smooth out rough or uneven edges on timber
- Trim doors so they fit just right
- Create bevels
- Restore damaged or weathered wood by removing the top surface
- Level tables and chairs
- Shape and taper 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 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 now moving freely. If it’s still sticking, repeat the process as many times as necessary.