Thickness Planers - Fine Woodworking Tool Guide

Thickness Planers

Busy production shops usually need industrial-sized or mid-sized thickness planers, but smaller woodshops and home hobbyists may find that a benchtop planer will handles most jobs that they undertake. More than a half-dozen manufacturers offer benchtop
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  • Tool Test: Jointer/Planer Combo MachinesTool Test: Jointer/Planer Combo Machines

    by Roland Johnson

    Combination jointer/planers, widely used in Europe but still relatively rare in the United States, maximize shop space. Instead of buying a large, pricey jointer ...

  • Delta Outfits Planer with Quick-Change KnivesVideo: Delta Outfits Planer with Quick-Change Knives

    with Asa Christiana

    Easy knife-changing system designed to speed up planer maintenance

  • What to Look For in a PlanerVideo: What to Look For in a Planer

    with Lon Schleining

    For small shops, these machines offer good value and performance, but consider features before you buy

  • All About PlanersAll About Planers

    by Scott Gibson

  • Mid-Sized Thickness PlanersMid-Sized Thickness Planers

    by Anatole Burkin

    Editors at Fine Woodworking evaluate 14 examples of 14- to 16-in. thickness planers for a number of features. They look at surface quality of lumber after planing, ...

  • Thickness-Planer PrimerThickness-Planer Primer

    by Alfred E. Holland, Jr.

    Despite differences in size and features, all planers operate on the same principles. If you understand those principles, you can adjust your planer properly to ...

Product Finder: Related Products

Delta - 22-580 Benchtop Planer

(8 user reviews)

The Delta 13-in. planer features slotted knives and two cutting speeds

Makita - 2012NB Benchtop Planer

(1 user review)

Makita’s 12-in. planer features a 3-in.-dia. dust port and a quick blade changing mechanism

Powermatic - 15HH 15 in. Planer

(3 user reviews)

Powermatic's 15-in. planer includes an insert-cutter helical head

Craftsman - Benchtop Planer 21743

(4 user reviews)

The Craftsman 13-in. planer features a built-in dust collector and a carriage that raises up or down with the flip of a lever.

Ryobi - Benchtop Planer No. AP1300

(1 user review)

This discontinued 13-in. planer featured eight depth stop settings and a dust hood. It was replaced with the AP1301 Surface Planer.

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