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You have wood in your garage, but it's too thick to be part of your new project? Then we have just the right solution for you: the thickness planer.

With our large thickness planer test 2021 we want to help you find the best thickness planer for you. We have listed many products in a large comparison, from which you can choose the right machine for you. This should make your purchase decision easier and generally make the purchase as simple as possible.




Summary

  • A thickness planer can be used to bring workpieces of wood to a desired thickness
  • The thickness planer can only be used to process wood
  • The power of the equipment depends on the voltage of the machine. For a do-it-yourselfer, approximately 230V devices are sufficient. In industry, however, more powerful planers with a voltage of 400V are often needed.

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What is a thickness planer?

A thickness planer is used to bring wood workpieces to a certain thickness and to produce flat, smooth and parallel surfaces after the wood workpieces have been planed on the jointer. The workpiece is placed on the table of the machine and pressed into the shaft of the blade.

How expensive is a thickness planer?

The price of a thickness planer depends on the level of knowledge of the user and varies enormously. In addition, the price depends on what the tool is used for.

The price is also influenced by the power of the machine. Machines with a voltage of 230V are usually cheaper than powerful machines with 400V. The maximum planing width and thickness also affect the price.

You can find entry-level models with 230V for as little as €200. These have a planing width of 200 to 205 mm. In addition, the devices usually have a compact and lightweight design.

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The thickness planer is a practical tool that helps you to make components for all kinds of projects from unusable wood. One of only a few examples is the furniture in this picture
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With larger and more expensive machines, you will be able to machine wider workpieces up to 260 mm. These machines are also powered by 230V and the price starts at around 850€.

The price segment of a thickness planer with 400V starts at about 700€. Such machines are suitable for do-it-yourselfers with somewhat higher demands. You can adjust these planers according to your needs.

If you need even more power or planing thickness and width, you should look to the professional models. These machines can offer extremely high and extensive performance, which is reflected in the price. The price of such machines starts at around 2,000 €.

Level of knowledge performance price
Beginner 230 V from 200 €
Beginner/Advanced 230 V from 850 €
Advanced 400 V from 700 €
Professional 400 V from 2,000 €
The price range for electric hand planers is between 50 € and 280 €.

What is the required passage width of the thicknessing plane?

Before you buy a thicknessing plane, you need to consider how wide and thick the materials you want to work with will be. Thickness planers have a maximum plane thickness and width. It should be noted that machines with a high maximum plane thickness and width are more expensive, while cheaper machines will not be able to process materials of all widths.

Therefore, it is essential for you to know what kind of materials you want to work with.

Decision: What types of thickness planer are there and which is the right one for you?

What distinguishes a traditional thicknessing plane and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The traditional hand plane is a very old tool. It consists of a hard block of wood with a handle. Material is removed from the woodwork piece by applying a little pressure and pushing it forward by hand.

Advantages
  • Well-tried tool
  • Little experience needed
  • Low price
Disadvantages
  • Work potentially dangerous
  • Adjustment of planing blade difficult
  • Unhandy

What are the features of a hand-held electric planer and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A hand-held electric plane is the modern version of the traditional hand plane. Here, a cutter head with several blades is used as the cutting edge. The electric planer can be used primarily to shorten door leaves to the desired length.

Advantages
  • Easy handling
  • excellent price-performance ratio
Disadvantages
  • Angular planing impossible
  • only planing of narrow boards possible

What are the characteristics of a planer and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A thick planer uses a series of rollers to process the workpiece. It is picked up by the infeed rollers of the thickness planer. A feed roller, or pull-out roller, is mounted behind the cutter. Since the already treated workpiece must not be damaged any more, the feed roller is designed differently from the infeed rollers.

Advantages
  • Takes up little space
  • Cost saving
  • Easy to operate
  • Excellent price-performance ratio
Disadvantages
  • Loud
  • Little flexibility and mobility
  • Conversion complicated
  • Low performance

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate thickness planers

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many possible thickness planers.

Maximum planing width and material height

How thick and wide your workpiece can be depends on the maximum width and material height of the planer. The maximum planing width corresponds to the width of the cutter block.

The larger the planing width, the larger the material to be planed can be. For mobile planers, values between 150 mm and 200 mm are common. Some machines even have a planing width of up to 300 mm.

Rule of thumb: The planing width for thickness planers should be at least 200 mm.

Good thickness planers should be able to accommodate a maximum workpiece height of at least 200 mm. Even inexpensive entry-level machines can sometimes cope with 150 mm. The maximum workpiece height should therefore be between 150 mm and 200 mm.

Planer shaft speed

The faster the cutter head rotates, the less visible the edges will be

Have you ever used a hand plane? If so, you are probably familiar with the undesirable edges that occur when the planing knife is applied. Similar edges occur when working with planers. However, these can be reduced by adjusting the speed of the cutter.

The planing speed varies between 4,000 and 9,000 revolutions per minute (rpm), but even professionals find that 4,000 rpm is sufficient, because they sand the workpieces smoothly afterwards. This is often particularly important for furniture.

Power

For thickness planers that are electrically operated, the motor power plays an important role. This is usually between 1,500 and 2,500 watts. On average, most devices have about 2,000 watts.

With 1,500 watts you can easily process a variety of materials, but you will have problems with hardwood (such as beech or oak). You will only be able to push such wood through the machine very slowly.

It is advisable for beginners to work with softwood, such as spruce or pine.

As a general rule, the more power the motor consumes, the more power it will produce. Therefore, machines with a power input of more than 2,000 watts are likely to have an extremely powerful motor. Machines from the profile line often even have a power consumption of more than 2,500 watts.

However, planers with powerful motors also need a higher voltage. Such machines usually need a 400V power connection.

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For beginners, it is advisable to work with softwood, such as spruce from such a spruce forest.
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Maximum chip depth

The maximum depth for thickness planing is usually between 2 and 5 mm. The maximum planing depth is usually about 5 mm

The maximum thickness planing depth indicates how many millimetres of chip the machine will take. The depth of the chip removal can of course be adjusted individually. Therefore, the deeper the possible chip removal, the more flexible you can work with the planer. However, if you have a thickness planer with only 1 mm chip removal, you must push the workpiece through the machine several times. This is the only way to achieve the desired thickness of the workpiece.

Material feed

If you are already experienced in working with a thickness planer, you will need a machine with a fast material feed. In this case, up to 8 metres per minute (m/min) are normally possible.

  • Beginners: Machines with a slower speed of 5 m/min are suitable for beginners. This gives you more control when working.
  • Professionals: Professionals prefer machines with at least 7 m/min. This allows you to plane workpieces to the required thickness quickly and easily.

Facts worth knowing on the subject of thickness planers

What features are useful on a thicknessing plane?

If you want to get a thicknessing plane for private use, you should look at certain features of the device. When working in a professional workshop, this is usually not necessary.

Restart protection

The restart protection is an undervoltage release whose task is to completely switch off the machine's fuse in the event of a power failure. This prevents the machine from switching on automatically when the power is turned back on.

Extraction function

If you keep your thickness planer in your garage, you will want to prevent unnecessary dust and dirt. Therefore, a chip collector with an extraction device is recommended. This makes it easy to prevent chips from spreading all over your garage.

How do you clean a thicknessing plane?

It is advisable to use certain solutions to clean the thickness planer and then wipe it off with a cloth. Examples of such solutions are isopropanol, petroleum or alcohol.

How do you set a thicknessing plane correctly?

When inserting the workpiece into the thicknessing plane, you should make sure that you insert the wood as straight as possible and that it rests well on the machine table. The same applies when removing the workpiece after processing.

Which brands of thicknessers are popular?

The most popular brands that produce cordless drills are listed below:

  • Makita is a Japanese company. It manufactures power tools and has a range of 1000 petrol, electric, cordless and pneumatic tools, stationary woodworking machines and garden tools.
  • Bosch is a German company. The company's official name is Robert Bosch GmbH and it was founded by Robert Bosch in Stuttgart in 1886. The company is active as an automotive supplier, as a manufacturer of industrial technology, of consumer goods, and of energy and building technology.
  • Metabo is a German company. Its official name is Metabowerke GmbH and its headquarters are in Nürtigen. It was founded in 1923 in Nürtigen and the name is derived from the word "metal drilling lathe".
  • DeWalt is a US power tool brand. It is owned by the manufacturer Stanley Black & Decker and was founded in 1924 by Raymond E. DeWalt in Leola, Pennsylvania
  • Hoffmann is a German company. It was founded in 1919 by Josef Hoffman in Munich, where it is still based today.
  • Scheppach is a German company. The company is officially called Scheppach Fabrikation von Holzbearbeitungsmaschinen GmbH and is headquartered in Ichenhausen. It was founded in 1927 by Josef Scheppach in Niederraunau.
  • Ryobi is a Japanese company. The company with the name Ryobi Seisakusho Co., Ltd. was founded in 1943 by Yutaka Urakami.

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