The best compact electric planers

BOSCH GHO 12V-200

Opens our rating of the best BOSCH GHO 12V-20 electric planers. Where a large knife width is not required, and a smaller weight of the planer is desirable, the Bosch cordless will be especially convenient due to the absence of the need for a power cord. Despite its small size, the planer is quite functional: it has a groove for chamfering, and it cuts quarters up to 17 mm. You can work at an angle up to 45 degrees. Weight together with the battery is only one and a half kilograms.

Thanks to the use of a modern brushless motor, the electric planer is quiet and economical, do not be afraid that regular batteries are only 3 ampere-hours. But according to the tradition of Bosch, the “boxed” cheap equipment is intended for those who already use the cordless tool of this company: there are spare knives in the kit (this is good), but the charger and two batteries are only in the L-BOXX package, which is much more expensive.

The vibrations of the planer are already small, and the vibration-protective softgrip pads make it even lower. In general, the tool fully corresponds to the declared class. Chip ejection switchable to either side.

Main advantages:

  • Ergonomics
  • Functionality
  • brushless motor
  • Light weight even with battery
Minuses:
  • Price for the complete package

9.8
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

The most comfortable planer I have ever worked with. Six-ampere Bosch batteries from a screwdriver also fit into the nest.

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The best universal electric planers for the home workshop

Makita KP 0810

Makita made a good electric planer. A beautiful external impression is enhanced when you take the instrument in hand. Optimal weight (3.3 kg) and excellent ergonomics. Japanese electronics provide a smooth start and maintain a constant speed under load. The 850W motor at 12,000rpm handles 4mm planing and rebate up to 25mm perfectly. The noise is quite moderate for such power and the frequency of the sound is not very annoying. 170 cm passes through a pine beam in a minute, leaving neither scratches nor chips on the product.

Minuses:
  • Fairly high price.
Models in the line:
  • Makita KP 0810

    — 850 W, 16000 rpm

  • Makita KP0810C

    — 1050 W, 12000 rpm, soft start, speed maintenance

  • Makita KP0810CK
    — 1050 W, 12000 rpm, soft start, speed maintenance
  • Makita KP0810K
    — 850 W, 16000 rpm

9.9
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Once again I am convinced that it is better to buy and use a high-quality expensive tool.

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DeWalt DW 680

High revolutions (15000 rpm) despite 600 W of power allow to plan even firm breeds. The depth is less than that of the leader — 2.5 mm. The selection of the fold is also, only 12 mm. But branded quality allows you to appreciate it highly. Carbide blades (included) are already installed on the planer, and they last a long time.

Minuses:
  • There is no electronic speed control.

9.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Excellent electric planer, light and easy to control. It can even be operated with one hand. Planed pine, birch, beech, aspen — everything takes without problems.

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Metabo HO 26-82

Next in our ranking of the best is the Metabo HO 26-82 electric planer. The planer is expensive, but it is ergonomic and well assembled. The engine power is 620 watts, which is both good and bad. It’s good, for example, for working in rural power networks — they will calmly withstand such a load, without forcing them to fear that a neighbor cut off from his favorite program by turning off the TV will get an old double-barreled shotgun with salt from behind the stove. Bad, of course, for productivity: with a standard knife width of 82 mm, the planer will not allow you to set a planing depth of more than 2.6 mm. The drum drive is high-speed, up to 17,000 rpm, so although it cuts cleanly, the tool feed will have to be reduced in comparison with more powerful models.

But enough about the bad. For ergonomics, we will give Metabo a strong five: it is convenient to hold and guide the tool along the board, while the power key is locked when pressed (an unsafe thing, keep this in mind). The cutting depth adjuster combined with the front handle is precise and easy to use.

It is possible to chamfer (although only one size — there is only one groove in the sole) and to select a quarter up to 9 mm deep. The vibration level is acceptable, but the planer makes a lot of noise due to high working speeds, it is worth remembering about earplugs in advance.

Main advantages:

  • Ease of use
  • Ability to use for sampling quarters
Minuses:
  • Noise

9.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

At the dacha, he coped with all the finishing without problems, the cleanliness after it is excellent. Weak, but the network does not sit down.

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BOSCH GHO 6500 Professional

Continues our rating of the best BOSCH GHO 6500 Professional electric planers. In the «professional» series of Bosch planers, this one is not the most «professional» yet, but if we talk about equipping a home workshop, it will be quite interesting. A 650-watt motor that spins 82 mm knives up to 16,500 rpm makes it possible to work with a planing depth of up to 2.6 mm — of course, depending on the specific material. The weight of the planer is not so big — 2.8 kg, so it suits well for work on weight, but traditionally only for right-handers due to the unregulated direction of chip ejection. There is no bag or adapter for the vacuum cleaner included, and it’s not worth working with chip ejection “as is”: the engine ventilation will begin to actively “swallow” it.

But it is worth saying thanks to the manufacturer for the tool for sharpening knives that comes with the kit — it will come in handy sooner or later. The knives themselves are not bad, but they will inevitably become dull during work. To work with chamfers, the sole has three grooves of different sizes, the choice of quarters is up to 9 millimeters. There is a parallel stop in the kit, but unpretentious — as if an accessory from the “green” Bosch was put in the box from the “blue”.

So, how does this “junior blue” differ from the “older blue”? What is most critical for us is a lower level of control during assembly: this “Bosch” is already worth a closer look when buying. The main point of application of attention is expected: we check the parallelism of the movable and fixed parts of the sole, the course of the adjustment mechanism.

Main advantages:

  • Good ease of use
  • Efficient chip ejection…
Minuses:
  • … but not where it should be
  • Typical for the Chinese assembly, the lottery of the «blue» series of Bosch somehow does not suit

9.6
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I liked the work, it cuts well and cleanly. Enough precision.

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RYOBI EPN7582NHG

Ryobi attracts with a two-way chip ejection, switched by one movement of the hand, and an ergonomic handle — but, besides this, the planer has not been deprived of power either, 750 W and 16,000 rpm of 82 mm knives already allow you to seriously work. The maximum planing depth is 2 mm, it is set in 0.2 mm increments. Quarter sampling — up to 12 millimeters, chamfering grooves — three (0.5, 1 and 1.5 mm).

But, of course, at such a price, we are waiting for our own nuances. The fixed part of the sole is stamped, and if it is not so difficult to set its parallelism with the movable one here, then you need to check the non-straightness when buying for sure: do not grind it on a new planer, right? In addition, the very idea of ​​​​a two-way ejection system is good, but its implementation “typically-budgetary” let us down: due to an insufficient cross section, it tends to quickly become clogged with chips just in the area of ​​\u200b\u200bthe switching unit (instead of cleaning, you can simply switch the ejection back and forth on the go) . That is, here we traditionally see a potentially good, but requiring “finishing with a file” planer — the eternal curse of an inexpensive tool.

Main advantages:

  • Ergonomics
  • Good power
  • Bilateral ejection
Minuses:
  • You need to choose carefully

9.3
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

It’s heavy, but sits perfectly in the hand. The sole has been exposed, it is planing as it should be now.

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Interskol R-82/710

One of the most popular due to the low price of amateur planes is simple, but functional enough. With a power of 710 W, it has good performance, the maximum cutting depth is 2 mm. The possibility of stationary mounting on a workbench, chamfering (although there is only one groove on the sole), sampling quarters up to 15 mm is provided.

The maximum speed of the drum is relatively small (14,000 rpm), many competitors have them higher. But this reduces the likelihood of damage to the knives, which at high speeds are more easily damaged by bumping into a hard knot, or even a nail. However, Interskol makes the loudest noise, having crossed the threshold of 100 dB: in our ranking of the best electric planes, it is the loudest.

Main advantages:

  • Good functionality at a relatively low price
  • Quartering and chamfering
Minuses:
  • Difficult blade replacement

9.1
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I have a lot of Interskol tools, quite decent state employees, their capabilities and resources are enough for a home workshop.

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Fiolent R3-82

Optimum weight (3.5 kg) for working with hard wood, very strong and durable. Excellent value for money, power and quality. Fully Russian (was — Ukrainian) production, including electric motors produced on the Italian automated line. High power — 1050 W allows you to work quite intensively without overheating. 36 months factory warranty.

Minuses:
  • Not very convenient position of the button on the handle.
  • Often there is a misalignment of the front sole by 0.2-0.5 mm.

9.0
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I have been working for 6 years. Planed and knots and nails and screws perfectly. I think that for this price this is the best electric planer.

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BLACK+DECKER KW712

And what about the case when an electric planer, far from being the main tool in the workshop, is used occasionally, and the eye involuntarily squints towards a budget power tool? Well, Black+Decker is really inexpensive, but it can cut up to 2 millimeters thanks to its high-revving 650-watt motor. Adjusting the depth of cut in increments of 0.2 mm, we note, is not very convenient here, besides, the regulator was combined with the front handle for the sake of simplification and reduction in cost. Even for the sake of lowering the price, the parallel stop and the dust bag were removed from the package. But, fortunately, they put the adapter on the vacuum cleaner, otherwise the “branded” pipe in the form of an elongated trapezoid would have made you suffer, making an adapter or a bag on your own.

The planer uses the most standard knives — 82 millimeters. There is only one chamfering groove in the sole. But when buying, take a closer look at the sole itself: backlash and non-parallelism at this price are more expected than unexpected. So it’s better to buy a planer “live”, and not order it on the Internet. A rigid and non-dustproof power button is also a minus expected at such a price, but, most importantly, with proper application of hands, Black + Decker is even quite reliable and in the “from time to time” scenario it is able to work for a long time, recouping its low price without any problems. So even though he is the last place in the ranking, he still gets it.

Main advantages:

  • Affordable price
  • Good reliability with some amount of fine-tuning
Minuses:
  • Minimum equipment
  • Tendency to clog the outlet nozzle

8.8
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

He shamanized the sole, at the same time made the switch tighter, so as not to accidentally flip it — and it works, an infection, it has been working without problems for a long time.

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The best powerful electric planers for building your home

Makita 1806B

Planer Makita KP312S, of course, is brutal and indispensable, if necessary, to work with a bar 300×300. But because of this, he is rather highly specialized: even if you do not remember the price, for a smaller front of work, acquire such a planer that you can go with a gun to shoot thrushes in the garden. Don’t forget about the 1806B model — this planer, equipped with 170 mm knives, is also not a baby, but it is more pleasant for the price and weighs 10 kilograms less.

The power of the engine installed here is 1.2 kW. An overload protection circuit is provided. Planing depth — up to 2 mm, the possibility of sampling a quarter is purely conditional, with the same depth. But it is precisely with planing that he copes with five — regardless of the hardness of the wood, the motor is not overloaded and calmly pulls.

A curious feature of the planer is that its case is not plastic, but wooden. What can I say … Interesting, even nice, but plastic would be cheaper and lighter. But they didn’t save on the assembly site either — this Makita is “honestly Japanese”, Japanese and components: for example, drum bearings are purchased from NTN (the second largest bearing manufacturer in Japan after NSK).

Main advantages:

  • Reliability
  • Performance
  • Efficient chip ejector
Minuses:
  • Not the most convenient knife replacement

9.6
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Excellent planer! For 4 years, no problems with it, production — Japan, and that says it all.

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Rebir IE-5708С

High power (2000 W) and dimensions that allow the planer to be used stationary as a small planer. Knives with a width of 110 mm allow you to plan a «hundred» beam in one pass to a depth of up to 3.5 mm, and a «two hundred» in two. There are three grooves for chamfering, chip ejection to the left and right. Enough power for planing acacia and oak. Quarter sampling up to 16 mm is provided, but difficult due to the weight of 7 kg.

Minuses:
  • Heavy weight and loud noise.
  • Decrease in reliability after the transfer of part of the production from Latvia to China.

9.5
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Soviet style is simple, heavy and unpretentious, winters in the garage. For 4 years there were no problems.

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Makita 1911B

Simple and reliable planer without any frills. Build quality is top notch. The power is small, only 900 W, but it can easily cope with pine boards and beams. Suitable for long term work.

Minuses:
  • Quarter sampling is not provided.
  • Not enough power to cut hard wood.

9.3
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I have owned the planer for less than a month, but from sunrise to sunset it practically works non-stop. I build a house, we plan a beam, a floor board, a fence board.

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DIOLD RE-1500-01

A simple-designed (as can be seen at least from the design of the parallel stop) planer, however, will pull the rough work well, having 110-mm knives and a power of 1.5 kW. If it is normal to sharpen the knives (they may not be in the best shape from the factory), then you can think about finishing work, although at five kilograms of weight this is not the most convenient thing you can think of.

But, if you look closely, on the planer you can find attachment points to the stand, allowing you to fix it up with the sole above the workbench. The planer is on sale both with and without a stand, the difference in prices is small — so it makes sense to choose this option if you think that a stationary planer installation can come in handy, you won’t lose a lot of money.

Well, what can traditionally be needed after the purchase? Naturally, put out the soles: you may come across on sale and evenly adjusted from the Diold factory, but this requires a bit of luck.

Main advantages:

  • Powerful motor with soft start
  • Cutting depth up to 3.5 mm
  • Possibility of installation on a stand
Minuses:
  • Usually poor factory alignment
Models in the line:
  • Diold RE-1500-01P

    — + fixed mount

8.8
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

For its price, it works for five — I bought it, rebuilt the soles and into business.

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The best professional carpentry planers for precision work

Festool EHL 65 E-Plus

720 W at 2.4 kg of weight and compact dimensions allow you to quickly perform complex jobs with one hand, shooting up to 4 mm in one pass. 65 mm «spiral» knife, not parallel to the edge of the sole, reduces the noise level. The handle is very comfortable in the hand. After planing, the surface is very smooth.

Minuses:
  • Unless there is a special emphasis for the left hand, but it is practically not required.

ten
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Planer for a carpenter-jeweler.

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Mafell MHU 82

Specifications are average. Power 800 W, 12000 rpm, depth up to 3 mm, rebate selection — up to 22 mm. But a really professional (in the slang of marketers — industrial) purpose. You can work without fear of rejection for 8 hours, five days a week for three years. The set includes a MAFELL-MAX case with accessories for stationary work and a dust collector. That’s just better to work in professional gloves. The surprisingly clumsy design of the handle leads to blisters on the unprotected hand.

Minuses:
  • Poor handle ergonomics;
  • High price.

9.8
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I can’t say anything about durability. Stolen after four years of trouble-free operation.

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The best professional planer for heavy carpentry

Makita KP 312S

Using 312mm blades, this planer will definitely not fail in front of a solid beam. And the plane itself does not suffer from asthenia: it weighs all 19 kilograms. Electric motor power — 2.2 kW, rated speed — 12000 rpm. Planing depth — up to 3.5 mm. Given the width of the knife, you can imagine the amount of chips that fly away in one pass. However, chip ejection works efficiently here, the only negative is that the ejection direction cannot be changed if necessary.

The electric motor is switched on through an electronic circuit that implements the two most important functions — overload protection and soft start. Makita engineers did not add anything else, having won the battle with marketers: simplicity and reliability are not least required from such a tool.

Main advantages:

  • Wide 312mm blades
  • Low vibration
  • Design reliability
  • Long standard power cord
Minuses:
  • There is no choice of a quarter (unless you cut a 3.5 mm one by placing a side stop, but why?)
  • The weight

9.8
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

With such a processing width, I saw only this one and Festool, but that one is both more expensive and less powerful. The choice is obvious.

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Mafell ZH 205 Ec

For a unit with a 2.3 kW motor, capable of planing a 200 mm timber to a depth of 4 mm, a weight of 12.5 kg can be considered light. Moreover, the presence of electronic adjustment ensures a smooth start and uniform rotation of the knives. Unlike the above-described planer model of this company, the ergonomics of the ZH 205 Ec are all right. It is very convenient to work.

Minuses:
  • The price of a used car is difficult to “beat off” with a planer, and the price of knives is corresponding.
  • With service in Russia it is difficult.

9.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

A real professional tool with a good margin of safety.

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The best universal professional-grade electric planers

BOSCH GHO 40-82 C Professional

Bosch, traditionally for the “blue” line, does not save on electronics: GHO 40-82 C Professional is equipped with a soft start with current limitation, a speed maintenance system, and a protective circuit in case of overloads, which reduces the current in the windings when the motor is excessively heated. Taking into account the fact that the engine power is 850 W, and the planing depth can be set up to 4 mm, such protection will not hurt. There is the possibility of sampling a quarter (up to 24 mm) and convenient chamfering in three sizes (according to the number of slots of different depths on the platform).

Left-handers are not forgotten either: the ambidextric layout makes it equally convenient to use the power key lock, even with the left or right hand. Chip ejection can also be transferred to either side. A standard set of devices allows you to plan at an angle, cut beveled quarters.

Planing depth setting accuracy — 0.1 mm. With standard Woodrazor knives, the planer provides excellent surface finish, so it can work both “roughly” and “clean”. The knives themselves are easy to change if necessary.

Main advantages:

  • Ergonomics
  • Good equipment (up to the service station in the box)
  • Removal of quarters up to 24 mm
Minuses:
  • Small volume of a regular chip collection bag

9.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

An excellent planer — it copes with rough peeling, and brings the plane clean as it should. Plus, it cuts quarters so that the eye rejoices.

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DeWALT D26500

A good universal electric planer is offered by DeWALT. This powerful 1050 watt planer easily cuts through any wood, even when set to a maximum depth of 4 millimeters. You can even find a drawback in its power — without noticing a hard knot or nail, you won’t even feel them during the passage … but a carbide knife can “crumble”.

In the branded case, in addition to the planer itself, you can find a parallel guide and a device for sampling a quarter (up to a maximum of 25 mm), but there is no chip collection bag: it comes only with the “K” suffix at the end of the marking. Since it is more logical for a professional tool to work in a well-equipped workshop with an exhaust hood, we will not classify this as a serious shortcoming — especially since the regular bag of “cereals” clogs quickly. We especially note that the ejection of chips from the planer is possible both to the right and to the left: during any work, you can find the least disturbing way to install the hood (or bag — you can buy it separately if you have to work «on the road»).

However, nothing prevents the use of DeWALT for fine work: the planing depth is adjustable with an accuracy of 0.1 mm, the elongated sole helps to maintain the straightness of the treated surface. It also has grooves for chamfering.

There is no electronics familiar to the traditionally «fancy» DeWALT tool — not even a soft start. The jerk at the moment of inclusion is noticeable, although not critical. Well, the automatic speed control for a powerful motor is not particularly critical, so we will not find fault with its absence.

But for the soft pads that make it easier to hold and reduce the vibrations transmitted to the hands, let’s say thank you. True, the ergonomics of the handles will not suit everyone, but you are unlikely to buy a planer without trying the grip in the store? In addition, there is an impression (and not only from the author) that the developers assumed that they would hold the plane not with bare hands, but with gloves.

Main advantages:

  • Excellent performance
  • Changing the direction of chip ejection
Minuses:
  • Regular knives are weak
  • No soft start

9.6
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Someone does not like it, but for me it is a very good electric planer. What to trim the board, what to make a selection — I altered the entire floor only with his help, and everything is fine.

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