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Wood Planers World

Welcome to Wood Planers World. We are committed to outfitting the professional wood worker. We have partnered with Amazon to provide our customers the best wood planers available at the most competitive prices on the planet.

At Wood Planers World we simplify the research process saving our customers valuable time. We collect and analyze experts and users reviews then we generate an accurate report including our product recommendations. Our planer reviews are located on the indvidual product pages.

Smooth, flat, straight lumber is a requirement for any woodworking project. The powered wood planers offered here accomplish these tasks with little effort. The greatest benefit these planers have to offer is the abiltiy to plane lumber like a pro with minimal time using the machine. These tools are super easy to use.

There are many different types of planers and here at Wood Planers World we specialize in power planers and accessories. The two most popular types of machines for the wood shop at home include power wood planers and benchtop / portable planers. We also feature larger machines for the professional woodworker including Powermatic, Jet, Grizzly, and Delta.

For the woodworking scholar we have a fantastic selection of books and guides for all your projects.

Choosing the Best Wood Planers

Everybody knows that professional woodworking projects involve using the best tools available, from hammers and drilling machines to jointers and, above all, wood planers. The last ones can actually turn a plain looking piece of lumber into a silk-like, smooth and shining dining table anyone can admire over the holidays or simply having dinner with their loved ones.

Basic Information on Wood Planers

First of all, let's set something straight: there are a lot of people who mistake the wood planer for another tool used in wood craft, the jointer. While the latter one's main purpose is to straighten up the sides of a piece lumber, a wood planer finishes the surface, eliminating even the slightest imperfections and leaving a smooth plank that professional carpenters or amateur wood artists can use to give life to sophisticated or simple pieces of furniture.

Although there are a lot of people who see them as a product of the modern, industrialized era, the reality is quite different. The first wood planers were used ever since the Roman times, and were considered highly useful and valuable. Of course, as time passed, the original models were significantly improved, until they reached the form we have now.

The electric planer caused a real revolution in the industry. Appearing at the beginning of the 20th century, it’s used both in major factories and in private workshops. The only differences refer to size and power.

How to Choose the Best Wood Planers

When selecting a wood planer for your home or workshop, it’s important to choose the one that best suits your needs. This is often based on determining what type of work you’ll be carrying out and just how large and complex the duties are going to be that the wood planer is going to be employed for. A wood planer is a long term investment, which is why several aspects have to be considered in order to ensure the best decision:

  • The motor - When it comes to electric planers, more HP equal a higher efficiency and a greater accuracy. Of course, if it is just for a hobby, it may not be worth investing a fortune in a powerful motor, but if you have future plans, clients you care about or a reputation to protect, you should go for the highest configuration.
  • Cut quality - scallops and snipe – Wood planers use a rotary cutting head that holds two or three knives. The rotary cutting action leaves a series of shallow scallops leaving the board essentially flat. The closer the scallops are together, the smoother the board. Snipe is when the planer takes off too deep of a bite a few inches from each end of lumber you are working with. Most of the time these ends can be easily sanded away but if the snipe is too deep the ends have to be cut off. Planers usually need some adjustment to eliminate snipe.
  • Bed flatness – Make sure the bed of your tool is as flat as possible, because the smoothness of each piece of lumber depends on this characteristic.
  • Width – You know better than anyone at what scale you work and what size the pieces you finish are, so just make sure the object of your purchase meets your needs. Again, if you only need it to support your hobby, in your home workshop, you might manage with something smaller and simpler, but not if you build large pieces of furniture for demanding customers.
  • Warranty – You hope you will never need it, but the truth is that you can never know when your favorite toy breaks down and leaves you with unfinished projects. It is therefore better to settle for equipment with a long warranty period, especially because if the manufacturer guarantees the functionality of a product on long term, the product is usually reliable and lasts at least throughout warranty.

Also, there are several types of wood planers, and although they serve the same purpose, there are particularities that promote some types over others. Here are the most popular:

  • Hand planers - Every wood worker with respect for the art and willingness to excel must have at least some of the many models and sizes available in his workshop. Among them, benchtop planers are used mainly for the bigger pieces of lumber. They are fixed on a support that ensures stability, and they are pretty heavy tools. The block planers are part of the same category. And since everything that is small and smart draws attention, we have to mention the small pocket wood planers, designed for fast and precise cuts. They are really easy to handle, especially for those who already posses some basic skills and knowledge on the functioning and utility of these tools.
  • Stationary planers – They are extremely heavy and expensive. For these reasons, they are used mainly in industrial facilities, where the production reaches a larger scale, and the investment is justified. Besides, stationary planers take a lot of space, and chances are they will not fit a small back yard workshop or barn.

No matter what types of wood planers you choose to work with, it is important that you pursue the perfect combination between quality, utility and price.