Best Planers in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 21, 2017
Such an interesting occupation as wooden furniture production would be impossible without wood boards. Planers are the tools used for fabrication of wood boards of the required thickness. We’ve chosen the best electric planers and reviewed them to help you choose the right one! ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
DESIGN
WORKPIECE CAPACITY
DEPTH-OF-CUT
NUMBER OF KNIVES
CUTTERHEAD ROTATION SPEED
MOTOR POWER
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES
WEIGHT
WARRANTY
 
PROS
Interna-Lok automated head clamp provides an ultra-secure grip of a workpiece.
CONS
Lots of planing dust goes beyond the collector.
OUR VERDICT
Makita 2012NB is a robust semi-professional thickness planer. Despite its compact size, it will plane any wooden piece you desire.
detailed parameters
DESIGN
Thicknesser
WORKPIECE CAPACITY
Max Width - 304 mm Max Height - 160 mm
DEPTH-OF-CUT
Up to 3 mm
NUMBER OF KNIVES
2
CUTTERHEAD ROTATION SPEED
8500 RPM
MOTOR POWER
1650 W
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES
Low noise (86 dB)
WEIGHT
28.1 kg
WARRANTY
3-Year Limited Warranty
PROS
The head lock lever provides a uniform cutting for the entire run. The thickness scale will let you set the right planing depth for each particular workpiece.
CONS
The planer is quite noisy, it's recommended to wear hearing protectors.
OUR VERDICT
Boasting high performance capabilities, this benchtop planer can be a wonderful choice for a small workshop and the simplicity of use and maintenance will be just right for woodworking amateurs.
detailed parameters
DESIGN
Thicknesser
WORKPIECE CAPACITY
Max Width - 315 mm Max Height - 152 mm
DEPTH-OF-CUT
Up to 3 mm
NUMBER OF KNIVES
2
CUTTERHEAD ROTATION SPEED
10000 RPM
MOTOR POWER
1800 W
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES
Head lock facility, Thickness scale
WEIGHT
33 kg
WARRANTY
1-Year Warranty, Extendable to 3 years upon registration at MyDEWALT within 28 days after a purchase
PROS
Special pawls prevent a workpiece from the kickback and, thus, make the tool safer.
CONS
This thicknesser is lightweight, so it's prone to vibrations.
OUR VERDICT
We believe this electric planer will be a nice tool for beginners who just start woodworking and wish to master this work.
detailed parameters
DESIGN
Thicknesser
WORKPIECE CAPACITY
Max Width - 317 mm Max Height - 152 mm
DEPTH-OF-CUT
Up to 2.4 mm
NUMBER OF KNIVES
2
CUTTERHEAD ROTATION SPEED
8750 RPM
MOTOR POWER
1100 W
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES
Anti-kickback pawls
WEIGHT
22.2 kg
WARRANTY
30-Day warranty, Extendable to 3 years upon registration at the official website within 30 days after a purchase
PROS
The tiltable fence allows bevelling (up to 45 degrees) and making perfect joints. The convenient cutting depth adjustment knob will let you quickly set the tool up.
CONS
The continuous run of the planer is quite short.
OUR VERDICT
If you need a tool for parting-off or flattening a workpiece from one side, this Silverline model will do that brilliantly and will become a helpful assistant in your home workshop.
detailed parameters
DESIGN
Jointer
WORKPIECE CAPACITY
Max Width - 150 mm
DEPTH-OF-CUT
Up to 3 mm
NUMBER OF KNIVES
2
CUTTERHEAD ROTATION SPEED
12000 RPM
MOTOR POWER
1800 W
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES
Adjustable fence, Anti-kickback device
WEIGHT
9 kg
WARRANTY
3-Year Limited Warranty
PROS
Rollers on the infeed and outlet tables ensure a smooth workpiece delivery and, as a result, guarantee a high-quality planing.
CONS
The maximum workpiece height is rather low.
OUR VERDICT
Clarke thickness planer will come to liking to those users who are looking for an affordable tool for planing slats for small and medium carpentry projects.
detailed parameters
DESIGN
Thicknesser
WORKPIECE CAPACITY
Max Width - 250 mm Max Height - 125 mm
DEPTH-OF-CUT
Up to 2.5 mm
NUMBER OF KNIVES
2
CUTTERHEAD ROTATION SPEED
8000 RPM
MOTOR POWER
1250 W
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES
Infeed and outfeed roller, Thickness adjusting handle
WEIGHT
27 kg
WARRANTY
1-Year Warranty

What is a Planer

When you face a problem of planing lots of wood boards, it soon becomes obvious that this task is very labour-intensive and time-consuming if performed manually. In this case, a wood planer will be of much help. A planer is a woodworking tool intended for planing solid wood into the boards of the desired thickness.

One of the main benefits planers provide is their labour-saving capability since such tools have a high-power motor and let you process a lot of raw materials in no time. Another advantage is the safety of operation as the probability of injury is quite low for powerful planers. And the last but not the least is the quality of surface as the electric planers enable you to obtain the boards of top accuracy dimensions and fine finish. Furthermore, such boards can be used for laying floors, making furniture or interior, etc.

Such tools have the following principle of operation: a workpiece is fed along a horizontal table on rollers and a rotating cutter head with the knives whittles the workpiece to shape it into a board.

You can also learn more about circular saws on our site, which may come in handy if you are going to buy more sawing tools.

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What Features to Compare

Before buying such valuable assistant as planer, you should learn about its functionality and clarify the most important features.

There are several Types of planing tools and they are designed to perform different types of wood processing:

  • Surface planer (jointer). This type of planer performs a primary machining of a workpiece. To obtain a fine and even plank surface and edges, you have to process a workpiece in such a way as to get a plain (reference) face, along which the whole surface is going to be dubbed or joined with another piece of lumber. Making an even face is an intended purpose of a surface planer.
  • Thickness planer (thicknesser). This planer type serves for cutting pieces of wood of the required thickness. The wood is pulled in from one end of the planer (infeed) and passes the cutter, led by the rollers. This results in cutting this piece of wood to the desired thickness with perfectly parallel upper and lower faces.

Secondly, you need to pay attention to those planer parameters that influence the Performance:

  • Workpiece size. These features determine the maximum width and height of a workpiece that can be machined with a planer. Therefore, the higher these values are, the bigger workpiece can be machined with a planer.
  • Depth-of-cut. This parameter defines the thickness of a wood layer that a planer removes at a single pass. The bigger the cutting depth is, the fewer times you'd need to run a workpiece on the tool to remove a thick layer of wood.
  • Motor power. This parameter directly determines the power of a planer. More powerful electric planers are capable of dubbing tough wood. With that being said, when you use a tool equipped with a low-power motor, you might need to run a workpiece several times on a planer to achieve the desired thickness of a board.
  • Rollers rotation speed. In general, the higher the rotation speed of planer rollers is, the smoother and more even the machined surface is.
  • Number of rollers. The number of planer rollers depends on planer's design and its purpose. Portable planers, for example, are intended for household purposes and scales of jobs and are limited to having one roller only, while semi-pro planers may be equipped with two or three rollers which enable the processing of a workpiece from both sides simultaneously.

In addition to the above-mentioned parameters, woodworking planers just as other machines have their Extra Features that make the use of these tools more convenient and, thus, are worth your attention. These features include the devices for blowing wood dust and chips out of a workpiece, special systems of dust and trash collection, various LEDs that indicate the statuses and operation modes. Some wood planers offer two operating speeds, so you can choose the one you need. Some planer tables may have a unique cover for a smooth feeding of a workpiece.

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Makita 2012NB

Powerful and Space-saving

The Makita 2012NB is a powerful but pretty small thickness planer. Being equipped with a highly-efficient 15A motor, the tool can handle any type of wood, no matter how hard or soft it is. As a result, it makes the surface perfectly smooth and even. Thousands of users have already seen for themselves all its benefits and you've got a chance to try it either; simple-to-use and safe as it is, it can be operated easily by any member of your family. Owing to the small size, this benchtop thickness planer is also easy to displace when necessary. After all, the weight is just 28.1 kg. So, if you need a reliable assistant for wood processing, the Makita 2012NB can be a real bargain.

Review of Makita 2012NB Thicknesser Planer

Noiseless Assistant

A smart design of the planer determines its comfortable use. Let's take a closer look at its features. What you'll see first is the scales thanks to which it will be easy for you to set the depth of cut in an accurate way. Then you will notice the double-edged blades which being pressed tightly against the cutter head deliver outstanding performance and can be reversed for continuous use. To replace the blades, all you need to do is to unscrew two bolts and take off the chip cover. A pilot lamp on the tool will tell you whether it's plugged in or not. For highly precise cutting and accuracy, the planer's fitted with a special Interna-Lok clamp that freezes workpieces in the head. This also makes it a great fit for using with all types of wood, including pretty expensive species. The other thing we've found attractive about this tool is that it's very quiet during operation; its noise level is only 86 dB.

Makita 2012NB Thicknesser Planer in the use

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Makita 2012NB
Makita 2012NB
 

DEWALT Dw733

Accuracy Up to 0.5 mm

Anyone choosing a benchtop planer pursues performance and accuracy. DeWALT tools are remarkable for a high power and performance, and the DW733 thickness planer can also demonstrate an ultimate cutting accuracy. It is achieved by implementation of a few high-end solutions. The first one is the lock that fixes the cutterhead in place to provide a uniform thickness for one or several workpieces. Thus, you'll be able to get perfectly sized boards without processing them with a hand planer or polisher. The second solution (and we like it) is the special indicator that shows the thickness of a wood layer to be removed. So, you can set the relevant planing depth for various types of wood without worrying about damaging the blade. Apart from high performance and top precision, what we like about this thicknesser is that it allows edging wood boards, and there's no need to buy and use a jointer additionally. A noisy motor is the only thing that we did not like about the DeWALT DW733, yet wearing hearing protectors can successfully solve this problem.

Review of DEWALT Dw733 Thicknesser Planer

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DEWALT Dw733
DEWALT Dw733
 

Triton TPT125

Safe Planing

Every amateur carpenter or woodworker strives to bring his (or her) work to perfection. So, good workpieces are essential, and we recommend considering the Triton TPT125 to get them. This thickness planer will let you quickly smoothen and straighten rough timber for any hand-made article. Many woodworkers have surely faced a kickback of a workpiece while using a planer, and it's dangerous as a splinter or larger piece of wood might hit your eye or harm your hand. So, this Triton planer won't permit that as it features special anti-kickback pawls that will hold a workpiece in place and safeguard your hands. Therefore, we recommend buying this thickness planer primarily for amateur carpenters who haven't got much experience in adjusting the tool's settings to different types of wood. What is more, the Triton TPT125 is pretty light, so it's a wonderful pick for a garage or small workshop (and you will be able to replace the tool without any effort). If you have just started practicing wood crafting and are looking for relevant tools, we recommend you to buy this thicknesser together with a belt sander to make workpieces ideally smooth.

Review of Triton TPT125 Thicknesser Planer

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Triton TPT125
Triton TPT125
 

Silverline 344944

When a Thicknesser is Useless

Woodworking often involves situations when a thicknesser cannot be applied. For example, it may be a bevel planing or smoothing crooked planks. Nevertheless, these tasks aren't challenging for a planer like the Silverline 344944. Why did we pick this model for our planer review? Well, it is simply one of the best in its class! First of all, we like a tiltable fence that allows bevelling it at an angle from 45° to 90°. This feature allows making perfect corner joints, so your handicraft will be flawless. In addition, you'll be able to make a rough cut for a workpiece before thicknessing it, as the thicknesser's blades may run idle in deep concaves of a workpiece and the planing will be of fairly poor quality. Thus, as you can see, a planer is not a competitor to a thicknesser but an important addition to it. If you need to process a wide piece of wood like a table top, using a hand planer will be the best and most efficient solution.

Review of Silverline 344944 Bench Planer

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Silverline 344944
Silverline 344944
 

Clarke International CPT250

Smooth Feed = Smooth Surface

Studying different models of thickness planers, we couldn't ignore the Clarke International CPT250. This tool amazed us with its sophisticated feeding system, namely, the infeed and outfeed. There are no metal or masonry tables or guides but two rollers that provide a smooth delivery, ensuring even more accurate planing. In addition, this planing tool is easy to install onto the workbench or attach an extension that allows handling long workpieces. We appreciated a convenient location of the thickness adjustment handle. It is arranged not on the top, like on the majority of planers, but aside the tool, which makes the handle easier to use. The entire body of this benchtop planer is made of metal that extends the machine's lifespan and guarantees its durability and stability as well as absorbs vibrations. We believe that the Clarke CPT250 can be a wonderful assistant for occasional wood processing at an affordable price.

Review of Clarke International CPT250 Thicknesser Planer

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Clarke International CPT250
Clarke International CPT250
 

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1. Tool review: Benchtop Planers, WOOD Magazine.

2. How Do I Choose the Best Electric Planer? wiseGEEK.

3. How to Use a Bench-Top PlanerThe Family Handyman.

4. Thickness planer, Wikipedia. December 8, 2016.

5. Planers (Or Jointers), Thicknessers & Planer/Thicknessers, Axminster Tools & Machinery. December 7, 2015.

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