What to Look For in a Planer
For small shops, these machines offer good value and performance, but consider features before you buy
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Portable thickness planers vary in price form less than $300 to nearly $500. In an effort to learn whether the price differences reflect the quality and features of the machine, Lon Schleining, a writer and woodworker in Long Beach, California, put nine thickness planers through a hands-on test. In this video, he explains a couple of the differences between the machines tested and offers some suggestions of features to look for when purchasing one.