In completing this review, it is just as important to also see other options to guide you through your choices. You may be able to consider these following choices as well.
1. Porter-Cable PC60THP 6-AMP Hand Planer
This planer weighs only 8.8 pounds but made to be heavy duty with a 6-amp power motor for an efficient and productive planing. It comes with a dual-side dust extraction for a convenient extraction on both sides of the tool. It has a max speed of 16,500 RPM thus allows fast and reliable smooth material removal. It comes with an over-mold depth knob with 10 positive steps for better planer control and multiple depth control settings.
For improved quality, an 11.5" cast aluminum shoe is designed with it for added control when planing. Its kit aside from the planer comes with carbide cutting blades, wrench, dust bag, edge guide and a kit bag.
2. Bosch PL 1632 6.5-AMP Planer, 3 ¼"
This planer from Bosch is powered by a 6.5-amp motor and a speed of 16,500 for a fast, smooth and reliable finish in either soft or hard woods. It is designed with a dual-mount guide fence with a protective shield for a stable planing of door edges. Other features include the spring –loaded stand elevates tool to protect the blade, a separate inch and metric depth scales for convenient setting of planing depth and an optimally-angled handle for the soft grip of forwarding motion of this power tool.
Its package includes reversible wood razor blade, dual-mount guide fence, no-mar plastic overshoe for fence, shavings bag and blade wrench.
3. Bosch PL2632K Planer with Carrying Case 3 ¼"
A powerful planer with a 6.5-amp motor and 16,500 RPM speed, you can be sure that this planer will provide you with a high performance and outstanding results. Its topmost concern is for the safety of its user, as being known to have the first-ever power tool to have the ambidextrous lock-off release button for safe starts and a lock-on button for prolonged operation.
It comes with aluminum front and rear shoes precision-machined together after assembly to ensure accuracy. Other features include a versatile two-blade system that can be converted for use with large high-speed blades, spring loaded stand elevates tool to protect the blade and dust ports, which can be found on both sides.
4. WEN 6530 6-AMP Electric Hand Planer 3 1/4"
Specially made to be lightweight for easy and convenient use, this planer only weighs about 8 pounds but still has the high power 6-amp motor that most planers that are heavy weight has. It also has an increased speed of 34,000 cut per minute for an efficient use.
It comes with a 5/16 inch rabbeting guide that adjusts anywhere from 0 to 1 inch to allow rabbets up to an inch deep in size. And with the parallel fence that it comes with, accurate straight cuts are assured to achieve by making sure strokes are directly in line to the edge of the wood. This parallel fence is also essential for planing of door edges and wood trims.
5. Dewalt 26677K 3 ¼" Portable Hand Planer Kit
This planer is designed with an ergonomic handle to provide ease and lesser user fatigue when holding and using it. It is built with a 5.5-amp power motor and a recorded 34,000 cuts per minute that allows it to produce a fast and smooth finish even on hardwoods.
It also comes with reversible carbide blades for increased blade life and added a feature to a smoother output. To ensure the accuracy of cut, it is built with a precision-machined front and back aluminum shoes. A built-in kickstand is also designed to allow its user to rest the planer on work surface without extorting the material. It is also made to be durable for a long time and frequent use with the poly-v drive belt that comes with it.
This kit includes the planer, two installed reversible carbide blades, rabbeting fence, blade depth setting gauge, dust adaptor, socket wrench and kit box.
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