Editor's Review: The Eight Best Power Planers
review date: September 1, 2003
This planer cut beautifully in all materials and balanced well on narrow stock. The good balance comes from its excellent front grip, which was also one of the best depth-of-cut controls in the group. It comes with a fence that shields the unused part of the blade. It collected dust effectively in our test. The tool's handle is too horizontal, however, and the tester's wrist soon grew tired of its awkward feel. Still, this is an excellent all-around planer that's particularly well suited for finish work.
pros:Simple process for changing and aligning blades, excellent standard fence (beveling fence available), effective dust collection.
cons:Sharp leading edge of shoe sometimes "hung up" when planing rough framing lumber.
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||8 lb. 6 oz.
||11.4 in. (shoe length)
||3-1/4 in. wide; 1/8 in. deep
||2 mini-carbide reversible