Best Planers to Achieve Great Results in Woodworking in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 5, 2018
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
BEST 2018
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
DESIGN
WORKPIECE CAPACITY
DEPTH-OF-CUT
NUMBER OF KNIVES
CUTTERHEAD ROTATION SPEED
MOTOR POWER
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES
WEIGHT
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, Extendable to 3 years upon registration at MyDEWALT within 28 days after a purchase

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 years limited

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

This electric planer will be a nice tool for beginners who just start woodworking and wish to master this craft.

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 days, Extendable to 3 years upon registration at the official website within 30 days after a purchase

PROS

A built-in restart prevention system won't let the thicknesser start after a power outage or during a voltage jump.

CONS

The rollers need to be cleaned regularly.

OUR VERDICT

Thanks to a low heat output, this model can be used at workshops with limited ventilation, unlike other similar models. Even after a few hours of work you won't feel tired.

detailed parameters
DESIGN

Thicknesser

WORKPIECE CAPACITY

Max Width - 330 mm

Max Height - 160 mm

DEPTH-OF-CUT

Up to 3 mm

NUMBER OF KNIVES

2

CUTTERHEAD ROTATION SPEED

9800 RPM

MOTOR POWER

1800 W

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES

Low heat generation

WEIGHT

35 kg

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The tool comes with a set of spare blades (2 pieces) and a set of wrenches to replace them. Additionally, the user's manual explains the process quite well so you could change the blades without additional help.

CONS

Relatively small receiving table size (an additional roller support is recommended).

OUR VERDICT

A compact and convenient model from JET will be an ideal solution for a small workshop or home use. A simple and reliable design makes it an accessible tool for beginners.

detailed parameters
DESIGN

Thicknesser

WORKPIECE CAPACITY

Max Width - 318 mm

Max Height - 153 mm

DEPTH-OF-CUT

Up to 2.5 mm

NUMBER OF KNIVES

2

CUTTERHEAD ROTATION SPEED

9000 RPM

MOTOR POWER

1800 W

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES

Set of blades

WEIGHT

34 kg

WARRANTY

2 years

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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Makita 2012NB/2

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/2 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/2 Thicknesser Planer in the use

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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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VIDEO
review triton tpt 125
 

Metabo MPTDH330

Stunning Motor Capabilities

When you need that extra width for your workpieces the Metabo MPTDH330 is an ideal choice. The device allows operating the workpieces with maximum width and height of 315 mm and 152 mm, respectively. With such capabilities, you will be able to operate with almost any kind of wood without a hassle. Moreover, the planer offers a maximum depth of cut up to 3 mm, which, in combination with workpiece capacity, allows working with a variety of boards of different sizes.

As for the heart of the device, the tool features a fairly powerful motor with an 1800 W input power. With such a capacity, the motor provides a powerful lugging drive and perfectly even planing results. The rotation speed of the cutter head can reach up to 9,800 revolutions per minute, which makes this model one of the fastest ones on the market. Though not the most lightweight model on the market, it still can be carried around without additional help.

Unfortunately, the wood chips tend to get stuck between the rollers so in case you intend to trim a lot of workpieces you will need a good industrial vacuum cleaner or a special model for carpentry at least. Otherwise, you will have to clean the space between the rollers manually after several runs. At the same time, a good mean of vacuuming prevents the possible injuries from inhaling the wood dust, so a vac is a good thing to have around anyway.

Review of Metabo MPTDH330 Thicknesser Planer

A Precision to Match

With a precise thickness adjustment feature on board, you will be able to set the thickness of the planing for accurate results in a matter of seconds. On top of that, the device has a set of convenient stop points with passage heights that are commonly used in planing.

As for the safety measures, the Metabo MPTDH330 features a special restart protection system that prevents an unintentional start-up after power outages or power supply interruptions.

Unlike many other similar models, this planer thicknesser from Metabo generates a positively low amount of heat. Thus, this model can be used at workshops where the ventilation is limited.

Thanks to the lock lever, you can lock and unlock the height adjustment for perfectly smooth planer results. Additionally, you can lock the planing mechanism to prevent unintentional adjustment during removal of wood chips.

All in all, the planer thicknesser from Metabo will be a good budget-friendly addition to your existing workshop or a good beginner tool in case you have just started jointing and want to master the craft of carpentry.

Metabo MPTDH330 Thicknesser Planer in the use

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JET JWP-12

As Stable as They Come

The JWP-12 benchtop thicknesser from Jet is a compact model that will be suitable for entry-level jointers or small workshops. The tool comes with a set of spare blades, which is a neat touch. Although the housing of the tool is quite rigid you can use the bolts that come in the package to bolt the device down for additional stability.

The maximum workspace capacity of the device is quite versatile for a budget model. Despite its modest size, this benchtop thicknesser is able to process, surface, and smoothen wood boards of varying widths and thicknesses. With this tool, you will be able to use the boards with maximum width and height of 318 and 153 mm, respectively.

The motor of the JWP-12 has an input power of 1800 W and is able to rotate the cutter head at 9,000 revolutions per minute. Although it may sound a bit modest for a planer, it does its job well and creates a good finish to the boards made of various types of wood. Moreover, the motor is able to remove the material of up to 2.5mm with each pass. Some customers may find this model a bit noisy. However, if you are using the ear protection this won’t be a problem.

Review of JET JWP-12 Benchtop Thicknesser Planer

A Perfect Carpentry Tool for Begginers

Although it is a small appliance it still can produce a high volume of wood chips. Moreover, since the extraction port of the machine is quite small a lot of them are getting stuck inside, hence, the industrial-level vacuum cleaner is a must. Thus, we recommend purchasing a vacuum pipe of appropriate diameter (2.5 cm).

As for the safety measures, the tool features an overload protection, which resets the circuit breaker and prevents the device from accidental or unintentional start-ups, which will be useful for the workshops that have a limited access to the electrical grid.

The tool is able to shave the seasoned wood into perfectly smooth boards, however, that requires some skill and a bit of an assembly before you start. Despite the fact that this planer thicknesser comes fully assembled you will need to tinker it a little bit and that may take some time. If you intend to use the tool for jointery only, though, you can use it right out of the box. Otherwise, you will need to follow the manual in order to set the device appropriately. The setup of the rollers may look like a daunting task at first glance, however, the user’s manual offers clear step-by-step instructions on how to set up the tool for different purposes.

To wrap things up, the modestly priced planer thicknesser from Jet is perhaps one of the best devices for entry-level carpenters today.

JET JWP-12 Benchtop Thicknesser Planer in the use

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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.

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.

Sources:

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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