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Tool Test: Portable Thickness Planers

The best tools offer precision board-surfacing without sacrificing convenience and durability

Not too long ago, a thickness planer was a tool strictly available for shop use. Now, however, manufacturers have made the planer something that can be brought to the job site. For this tool review, Montana builder Christian M. Whalen tested seven portable thickness planers, evaluating them on "the Four P's": precision, performance, portability, and practicality. Among the seven, Whalen rated a DeWalt model as best overall and a Ridgid model as best value. This article includes a sidebar on counteracting snipe with an inexpensive infeed/outfeed table.

Tool Test: Portable Thickness Planers

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