For this post, I have put together a collection of the best electric hand planers currently available.
UPDATED: January 9, 2019.
If you’re a serious woodworker, then an electric hand planer is a necessary addition to your shop. The following planers use the latest innovative components to help ensure you do your best work.
So here is my list of The 10 Best Electric Hand Planers.
1. Makita 1806B 10.9 Amp 6-3/4" Electric Hand Planer
Features a 10.9 AMP motor.
Two-blade cutter head.
15,000 RPM for increased stock removal.
High-speed steel planer blades for added performance.
Can plane up to 6-3/4 inches wide and 1/16-inch deep in a single pass.
Engineered with a precision machined aluminum base for planning accuracy.
Comfortable handle and easy depth settings.
Front and back grips are perfectly aligned for improved comfort.
Large, study sole plate is engineered for added stability, with a lock-on button for continuous operation.
2. DEWALT DW680K 7 Amp 3-1/4" Electric Hand Planer
Rugged 7 Amp, 15,000 rpm motor produces steady, level results on even the toughest applications.
Features increased function and quality with up to 3/32-inches of cut in a single pass and an increased amount of passes allowed with handy kick stand.
Compatible with reversible carbide blades that are equipped for resharpening and ideal for straight edge or framings.
A precision-machined shoe maintains even results and produces perfectly square rabbet joints and is crafted with three precision machined guides in the front generate three distinct beveling channels.
Features include the innovative Calibrated Depth Adjustment Knob to ensure positions are fine-tuned so you never have to re-zero the depth and height adjustment knob, ergonomically set in rubber for increased height command.
Easy to operate with comfortable two finger trigger to reduce exhaustion for extended use and equipped with poly-v drive belt for strengthened longevity.
Planer includes two reversible carbide blades, rabbeting fence, and rugged carrying case.
3. Bosch PL1632 6.5 Amp 3-1/4" Electric Hand Planer
Powerful 6.5 Amp motor with 16,500 RPM speed for fast stock removal.
Industry-first lock-off/lock-on button that helps prevent accidental start-up and provides for extended operation.
Dual-mount fence provides non-flexing guidance prevents marring of door or workpiece face.
Ball-joint cord swivel eases positioning of cord to keep it out of the way.
Spring-loaded, built-in stand elevates tool to protect blade(s) and save money.
4. Makita KP0810 7.5 Amp 3-1/4" Electric Hand Planer
7.5 AMP motor that delivers more output power, with a two-blade cutter head and 16,000 RPM for increased stock removal.
Equipped with double edge carbide blades for added performance, and can plane up to 3-1/4 inches wide and 5/32-inch deep in a single pass.
Rigid die-cast aluminum housing with all ball bearing construction is engineered for long tool life and supports the planer drum for increased durability.
Only 7.3 pounds for a high power-to-weight ratio, with an ergonomically-centered balance and rubberized front and rear handles for more comfortable operation.
The spring loaded stand elevates the base to protect the blades and workpiece.
The chip ejection can be directed to either side of the tool.
5. DEWALT D26677K 3-1/4" Electric Hand Planer
3-1/4-Inch Portable Hand Planer kit has a powerful 5.5 Amp motor that provides a smooth, even finish.
34,000 cuts per minute to achieve a fast removal rate.
Includes reversible carbide blades for improved blade life and material finish.
Depth adjustment knob and can be calibrated to 1/16-Inch.
Precision-machined front and back aluminum shoes ensure parallelism of cut.
Built in kickstand allows user to rest the planer on work surface without gouging the material.
Precision machined groove in front shoe that allows for edge chamfering.
Includes a dust adaptor that allows for direct connection to DEWALT vacuum cleaners.
6. PORTER-CABLE PC60THP 6-Amp Electric Hand Planer
6 Amp Hand Planer features a heavy-duty 6 amp motor which provides smooth cutting in hard materials,
Max no load speed at 16,500 rpm for smooth material removal.
Dual side dust extraction that allows for flexibility to place the dust extraction on either side of the tool.
Over mold depth knob offers 10 positive steps which allow for better planer control and
Multiple depth control settings.
Three chamfering grooves for options on edge chamfering.
11.5" cast aluminum shoe provides added control and better finish quality.
5/64" depth of cut removes excess material in less time.
0.47" max rabbit depth which removes more material per pass.
7. WEN 6530 6-Amp 3-1/4" Electric Hand Planer
Power planer’s 6-Amp motor delivers over 34,000 cuts per minute to your workpiece.
Cutting width of 3-1/4 inches and a maximum cutting depth of 1/8 inch.
16 positive stops increase in increments of 1/128 inch anywhere from 0 all the way up to 1/8 inches.
Base plate shoe includes a v-shaped groove for easily flattening sharp post corners.
Includes a dust bag, a rabbeting guide, a kickstand and a parallel fence bracket.
The included rabbeting guide adjusts anywhere from 0 to 7/10 inches to allow for rabbets up to an inch deep in size.
The parallel fence provides an accurate and straight cut by making sure your strokes are directly parallel to the edge of the wood.
8. Triton TPL180 1500W Triple-Blade 7" Electric Hand Planer
Powerful 1500w motor for heavy-duty planing of hardwoods.
7-inch planing width for rapid material removal in single pass.
Revolutionary, 3-blade drum design provides a superior cutting action and smoother finish.
10-position depth control dial for precise material removal.
Non-slip rubber over-moulded grip offers increased support, safety & control.
Adjustable bail handle provides greater support and control of the tool.
9. Makita KP0800K 3-1/4" Electric Hand Planer
6.5 AMP motor delivers more output power for fast material removal.
Two-blade cutter head with 17,000 RPM delivers smooth finish.
High power-to-weight ratio; weighs only 5.7 lbs.
Planes up to 3-1/4"" wide and 3/32"" deep in a single pass.
Easy blade setting system for fast blade installation.
Precision machined aluminum base for planing accuracy.
Equipped with double edge carbide blades for added performance.
10. VonHaus 7.5 Amp 3-1/4" Electric Hand Planer
7.5 Amp Hand Planer is capable of delivering an impressive 33,000 cuts per minute with a cutting width of 3 ¼ inches and a planing capacity of between 0” – 1/16”.
Adjustable base plate with three chamfering grooves for cutting a 45° angle along a corner.
Guide fence for maintaining a straight cut.
Rabbet depth guide for door and window jambs.
Left/ right dust extraction plus detachable dust bag which attaches to the port to minimise mess.
Add a drum speed of 16,000 rpm.
Features an extra auxiliary handle, ergonomic soft grip handle and lock off switch.
I hope this list of the best electric hand planers was helpful.
If you think I left out one that is important or have a suggestion for a future article, let me know in the comments below.
Brandon Hubbard, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C