Hello, welcome to another shopping guide! With the popularization of MDF wood pieces, this tool goes unnoticed by many. However, whether for laying doors and windows, or to work with large pieces, a good electric planer is essential. In this article, we will help you choose the most suitable tool for the job.
The electric planer is used in both carpentry and joinery to plane all kinds of wooden parts, remove imperfections and smooth out surfaces. Choosing this tool wrong can cause injuries from use, more serious accidents or leave a poor finish. All these situations can be avoided with the right information. Learn all about the different features of this machine in this article.
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- 4 Buying guide: all you need to know about a power planer
- 5 Purchase criteria: How electric planer models compare
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- There are different sizes and weights of electric planers, and the ideal model should be chosen based on the needs of the person who will be handling it;
- Also, the particular features of the models may make you prefer one planer to another;
- Choosing the correct model saves time and money and ensures that the result of the work has more quality and better finish, adding value to your workpieces.
The Best Electric Planer: Our Picks
Buying guide: all you need to know about a power planer
Are electric planers easy to use?
Short or long electric planer? Light or heavy?
The lighter electric planers are great for housework, such as fixing doors and windows, making adjustments to furniture or building a bookcase. With a lighter tool you can work at different angles and they tend to tire less. If the services are performed on softer woods, such as cedar, pine, and acacia, you can't go wrong with a more portable tool.
Is it better to have a corded or battery electric planer?
What are the types of blades in electric planers?
Which accessories are also worth investing in?
Many planers offer dust bags, but it is not always possible to use them due to the working position. Thus, it is best to rely on the necessary safety equipment. In addition, many woods contain glue in their manufacture: MDF, plywood and chipboard, for example. Dust bags can protect against larger particles, but are less safe against the chemical agents found in this type of wood.
In addition to your eyes and airways, it is important to protect your ears: prolonged exposure to the noises of these machines, however less powerful, can ruin your hearing. Whenever you can, use a pair of insert protectors (the ones you put inside the ear canal) together with ear muffs (the ones that go over the ears). That way, you ensure long-lasting health for your ears.
Purchase criteria: How electric planer models compare
The electric planer is a versatile tool and being able to have one at home is definitely the right thing to do when we start woodworking, like to carry out small home repairs or even those weekend construction projects. That said, how do you choose the best model for you?
This is perhaps the most important feature to take into account when choosing your electric planer. The smaller models can easily be used with one hand (provided you have practice!), in various positions and at various angles, including vertically, which is especially useful when trimming the edges of doors and windows that tend to "snag" on their jambs. The larger and more powerful models can be used in larger projects, with hardwoods and even in civil construction. With a wider base, they can also be used as bench planers if you have the right support.
Give preference to models that have a comfortable grip, are suitable for handling and have a non-slip finish. It is important to work with relaxed shoulders and elbows to avoid injury and fatigue. Models that have a cutting guide are more versatile, allowing you to create pieces with perfect right angles. When it comes to power, it's worth thinking about how the electrical outlets are arranged where you'll be working. Although not as powerful, battery-powered models are more autonomous.
The power of these machines is given in Watts and in RPM (revolutions per minute). An electric planer usually has between 600 and 800W of power and between 15,000 and 19,000 The higher the number of revolutions per minute, the better the finish. Blades
What type of blades are they?
As we said before, fast steel blades are usually cheaper and sharper than tungsten blades, which last longer. Regardless, these blades will eventually need to be replaced and in this case it is worth considering how easy it is to replace the blades. Don't throw away your old blades! Even if they are worn out, they are of a very good quality material and you can use them for other projects, such as making a chisel, or chisels for woodcarving.
If you can afford to invest a little more, go for reputable brands (Makita, Bosch, DeWalt, Black+Decker, for example). These brands have stood the test of time and follow strict quality control criteria. If you are in doubt between a cheaper and unknown brand and a more expensive one with a good reputation, it is usually worth investing a little more and counting on the warranty, the specialized technical assistance and the certainty that you are getting a quality product.
The electric planer is an essential piece of equipment for amateur woodworkers, as well as for the carpenters who are on construction sites across the country every day. Knowing the different features of these fascinating machines can save you good money and avoid worries in the future.
We hope this article has helped guide you in purchasing the ideal tool according to your needs and the scope of work you will be doing. In case you have learned something new or have any questions, be sure to contact us by message or share this article on your social networks. Until next time!
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