Today, no master can do without a power tool – whether it be a professional or a home craftsman. It is very convenient to work with such devices, and the process itself takes much less time and effort. On sale you can find tools for a variety of materials – wood, metal, plastic, plexiglass and so on.
If it is necessary to obtain a flat surface of a wooden workpiece, then without an electric planer it will be very problematic to do this. This type of instrument has existed on the domestic market for quite a long time, but masters began to turn to it en masse only a few years ago. For this reason, many of them are not aware of what points should be considered when buying this equipment. For them, we have compiled a rating of the best electric planers of the year, where we analyzed the highest quality and most popular products. However, before moving on to reviewing the key characteristics of the models, we would like to give you some useful tips that will definitely help you when buying equipment.
How to choose the right electric planer?
The standard apparatus includes the following structural elements: a body equipped with a special channel for removing chips from the working area. Reliable manufacturers make this part from high-quality plastic that can withstand shock loads and high temperatures. The engine is installed of a collector type, it can work for quite a long time without interruption, without overheating. It is desirable that the cutting knives located on the drum are made of high carbon steel. There must be an additional handle on the body. It helps to guide the tool strictly in a given area, does not allow it to slip out of your hands.
The principle of operation is simple – the torque is transmitted to the drum with knives, which rotates at high speed. It removes excess material, and, if necessary, brings the workpiece to a practically polished state. Electric planers are household and professional. It is logical that the first type is suitable for home craftsmen – these devices are characterized by low power, relatively narrow functionality. Their maximum chip thickness ranges from 2.5 to 3.5 mm. This equipment will not cost too much.
Semi-professional and professional products are made from materials of higher quality, have advanced features in work. They are equipped with a more powerful engine, a molded rather than a stamped sole, and can shoot up to 6 (semi-professional) or 18 mm (professional) in one pass. Unfortunately, this technique will have to pay serious money.
When choosing an apparatus, in addition to the materials from which it is made, take into account the power and maximum speed of rotation of the drum with knives. It would be better if the tool weighs a little – it will be much more comfortable to work with it, the hands will get less tired.
When we chose models to be included in the ranking of the best electric planers, we mainly took into account all the factors listed above. User reviews were also taken into account, as well as the value for money of the tool. We tried to include not the most expensive models in the review so that readers can afford them. We divided the review into several parts depending on the width of the cut – this is also an important parameter that affects the performance and convenience of working with the device.
With a planing width of 82 mm
4. BLACK+DECKER KW750K
Opens an overview of a household tool that is designed for accelerated wood processing. The depth of cut can be adjusted, and this is done very quickly and easily – the process takes only a few seconds, so the work will practically not stop. Knives are made from special carbide steel, which greatly increases their strength. You can connect a construction vacuum cleaner to the nozzle through which the chips are removed – there will be much less debris, and the wood processing area will become open, that is, the master will always be able to see how accurately he is using the device. The case is made of impact-resistant plastic. The assembly is reliable, which prevents dust from getting inside.
The device turned out to be heavy – it weighs 3 kg. The length of the supply cable is 3 m. Of the additional features, there is the possibility of choosing a quarter: the master can make floorboards with a very precise fit to each other. The maximum planing depth does not exceed 2 mm, the engine power is 750 W, that is, the motor is not very strong here.
- Reliable assembly;
- Long power cable eliminates the need for extension cords;
- The cutting depth is 2 mm;
- If necessary, you can connect a vacuum cleaner;
- The increased durability of knives, and they are bilateral.
- There is no soft start system;
- Weak engine;
- The function of maintaining constant speed under load is not provided.
Electric planer BLACK+DECKER KW750K
3. DeWalt DW 680
Here, the engine is even weaker than in the previous model – its power is 600 W, but even this indicator is quite enough to work with wood of any density. The drum rotation speed is 15,000 rpm. The planer has the ability to fix the parallel stops on both sides at once, although most similar household tools only have one side. There are three grooves for chamfering. Chip thickness here is regulated step by step – by 0.1 mm. With this function, you can process the surface of the material with increased accuracy. The maximum cutting depth reaches 2.5 mm.
Like the previous model, it is possible to connect to a vacuum cleaner. The electric planer is equipped with a reliable security system: it has a lock button that prevents accidental start. The kit includes an adapter for collecting chips. Dimensions are not too large – 170×290 mm with a weight of 3.2 kg.
- Decent speed of rotation of knives;
- Assembly reliability;
- Sophisticated ergonomics and security system;
- Small dimensions;
- Fine adjustment of cutting speed.
- Not suitable for finishing wood surfaces.
Electric planer DeWalt DW 680
2. Bosch GHO 18 V-LI
This is the first battery-type model in our review, which largely explains its high cost. The device is characterized by an optimal ratio of weight and performance. Power is provided by a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 4 Ah, it gives out 18 V. The electric planer has a compact overall size, it can be used even where there is no power supply. The maximum cutting depth of solid wood is 1.6 mm.
Of the additional functions, there is support for the selection of the groove, so the chips will be thrown to the right or left. A replaceable battery and charger are not provided with the electric planer, so they will need to be purchased separately.
- Pretty decent opportunities for battery technology;
- High rotation speed;
- Possibility of smooth adjustment of the position of the drum with knives;
- Provides the most even surface, although it will have to be additionally polished.
- High price;
- There is no charger included;
- Small cutting depth.
Electric planer Bosch GHO 18 V-LI
1. Makita KP 0800
The ideal device for the home master. Like most products of the Japanese company that developed and manufactured this tool, the electric planer is distinguished by excellent build quality and a high degree of reliability. The engine power is 620 W, it provides the speed of rotation of the knives up to 17,000 rpm. This parameter allows you to quickly and accurately plan wood, make folding, make grooves. The device was designed to work with standard wood species – pine, birch, spruce, cherry.
The ergonomics of the tool is well thought out – it is easy to hold it in your hands, all handles are equipped. They have anti-slip pads made of rubberized materials, so the device will not slip even from wet or frozen hands. The unit will accurately go in a given direction, removing exactly as much excess material as needed. A soft start system is not provided here, so a jerk when turned on is quite possible, the tool produces 85 dB of noise – not too loud, but it is better not to work in the evening.
- High-quality body and handle with anti-slip pads;
- Knives are made from high quality steel – they do not dull for a long time;
- Decent peak speed;
- Quite reasonable cost.
Electroplaner Makita KP 0800
Planing width 110 mm
4. DIOLD RE-1500-01
It also belongs to household appliances, but the tool compares favorably with many other devices in its capabilities. First of all, the sole here is not stamped, but is made of cast aluminum. It has three V-shaped grooves on the front platform. All handles are rubberized – this moment has a good effect on the comfort and safety of work. If the knives become dull, they can be removed from the drum and sharpened – everything you need for this process is supplied in the kit. With the help of a planer of this model, you can not only remove the excess mass of wood, but also make an edge, choose a quarter.
You can work as a planer in the temperature range from -15 to +35 degrees, that is, it will perform its functions even on the street. The chip exit is directional, and the direction can be reversed. There is everything you need to fix it permanently. The maximum cutting depth reaches 3.5 mm. The security system is represented by protection against accidental start. The maximum engine power is 1.5 kW. The weight of the device is 5 kg with dimensions of 345x185x195 mm. The peak power of revolutions is 15,000 per minute, there is a soft start system that increases comfort and accuracy of work.
- Reasonable cost for such a powerful device;
- Very comfortable to work;
- Performs a whole range of functions;
- Powerful engine;
- There is a soft start system and protection against accidental activation.
- Short supply cable
- The mechanism that regulates the direction of chip ejection periodically jams.
Electroplaner DIOLD RE-1500-01
3. Rebir IE-5708C
The tool compares favorably with analogues by an increased power rating of the electric motor – 2000 W, which is much higher than that of those models that were considered earlier. However, it should be borne in mind that the motor here is of an outdated brush type, and over time, the brushes tend to wear out. They will need to be changed, it’s good that spare ones are included with the device. Replacement does not require the involvement of a specialist: everything can be done on your own. Users note the presence of a soft start system, as well as protection against accidental activation.
The maximum chip removal depth is 3.5 mm. The drum with knives rotates at a speed of 15,000 revolutions per minute. With the help of a planer, you can select a quarter. The chips are output only to the right – it will not work to change the direction of its output. There is a fastener that allows you to install this tool permanently. The electric planer turned out to be very heavy – its mass is 6.9 kg.
- Decent power;
- The ergonomics of the case are well thought out;
- Smooth knife adjustment system;
- Reliability and durability;
- A soft start system is provided.
- Decent mass;
- brush motor;
- You cannot change the direction of the chip exit.
Electric planer Rebir IE-5708C
2. Resanta R-110ST 9
The regulation of the depth of planing is smooth here, the ejection of chips is directed, and the direction is adjustable. The ergonomics of the case is well directed, the handle is wide, rubberized. The cutting depth is adjustable from 0 to 3 mm. There is a start key latch that allows, firstly, to prevent unintentional launch, and secondly, to reduce the load on the fingers during operation. The tool is equipped with an air cooling system, so the engine will not overheat. The design has holes for stationary fixation. The bed is cast, made of aluminum alloy. The case is plastic, well withstands shock loads and other physical influences.
The electric motor has a power of 2,000 W and provides a maximum rotation speed of up to 15,000 rpm in case of peak loads. The length of the power cable is 2.5 m, so in most cases you will not need to use extension cords.
- Reliable and high-quality device;
- Decent motor power;
- Long cable;
- It is possible to use it as a stationary tool;
- Smooth adjustment of the blade extension depth.
- Weight as much as 6 kg.
Electric planer Resanta R-110ST 9
1. Interskol R-110/1100M
All the main elements in contact with the work surface are cast here – the frame is made of aluminum alloy, and the knives are made of high-quality hardened steel of increased strength. The base is elongated, which allows you to work with large areas. The engine has a power of 1100 W, so the rotation speed is high – about 16,000 rpm in case of peak loads.
Knives remain sharp for a long time, if necessary, they can be sharpened by yourself. Included with this electric planer is a set for dressing the cutting edge, there is also a spare belt for driving the engine.
- Can be used for rough, fine and fine woodworking;
- Extended equipment;
- Acceptable cost;
- Insignificant weight;
- High ability to withstand peak loads.
- Not detected.
Electroplaner Interskol R-110/1100M
Planing width over 150 mm
2. Triton TPL180 TR208537
One of the most powerful models in our review of the best electric planers, in general, this tool is usually used for professional purposes. The operational qualities are unique – with the help of this equipment it is possible to plan beams, beams, boards. The surface is even, even after several passes. The device will be very useful if you need to process fairly massive workpieces.
A metal plate made of magnesium alloy is used as a bed. The material is not subject to deformation during use, so that the accuracy of setting and processing will be very high. The drum is equipped with three blades. You won’t be able to sharpen them, you will have to buy new ones. Both handles are anti-slip.
- Optimally suited for working with a large volume of products;
- The bed is made of a unique alloy;
- Engine power is 1.5 kW.
- High price;
- The weight of the tool is 8.6 kg.
Electric planer Triton TPL180 TR208537
1. Mafell ZH 320 Ec
One of the most modern and efficient models in terms of wood processing. The built-in vacuum pump will collect chips in a special container that comes with the kit. This allows you to keep the work area clean and see exactly how the tool is moving. Using this technology, you can even work with raw wood. The power of the electric motor is 2,700 W with a maximum planing width of 320 mm. The body is cast, made of a lightweight but durable alloy, the bed is also cast. Because of this, the weight of the instrument turned out to be significant – as much as 15 kg. On the one hand, it is not so easy to work with the device, and on the other hand, vibration is minimized.
The engine control system is electronic, soft start is provided. The drum with knives rotates at a constant speed, regardless of the applied load. However, at idle, the number of revolutions decreases. After turning off the engine, the drum stops almost instantly.
- Increased operational capabilities;
- Chips are removed using a vacuum pump;
- There is a smooth start of the motor, the drum stops almost instantly when the power is turned off;
- The widest cutting edge.
- Even for a professional tool it is very expensive.
Electroplaner Mafell ZH 320 Ec
In conclusion, a useful video
In this review of the best electric planers, we tried to tell as much as possible about these devices, give their key pros and cons. We hope that you have formed a final opinion on the model that will suit your needs. If a certain uncertainty still remains, contact us for advice through the comments on this article. We will try to help you promptly.