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Best Bench Top Planer Reviews

When buying wooden boards it would be wrong to assume that they are all exactly the same thickness. If you’re interested in making high quality furniture, then you will also be interested to know that mere millimeters can add up and throw off your measurements. A bench top planer can make precision thickness adjustment with millimeter precision, and you won’t have to pay extra to the lumber company to do this for you which can save you a lot in the long run. Here are three examples of bench top planers and their reviews.
 

What is the Best Bench Top Planer to buy in 2017?

Steel City Tool Works 40100 13-Inch Bench Top Portable Planer

Steel City Tool Works 40100 13-Inch Bench Top Portable Planer


 
 
Good planers often don’t come cheap. According to reviewers however, this bench top planer from Steel City Tool Works is an exception. Its cutter head has a speed of 10000 rpm and the planer allows boards up to 13 in. wide and thickness from 1/8 to 6 inches. Its 4-column lead screw design helps to keep the cutter head in a proper alignment.

 
This bench top planer is very well received. Reviewers are pleased by the effortless performance of the cutter head, and the build quality that is considered to be better than many in its price range. Like most budget bench top planers it does have its fair share of quirks. The planer is loud thanks to the universal motor, and the in-feed and out-feed tables are small which may cause snipe if the planer is used by a beginner, and he said tables may be misaligned out of the factory. A few owners have contacted the manufacturer and received good feedback.
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DEWALT DW734 15 Amp 12-1/2-Inch Benchtop Planer

DEWALT DW734 15 Amp 12-1/2-Inch Benchtop Planer


 
 
The DW734 houses a 15 amp, 20000 rpm motor, geared down to 10000 rpm to drive the cutter head. The cutter head also has a 3-knife system which gives 96 cuts per inch for a smooth finish. Those knives are also reversible as well as replaceable. It has the capacity to cut 12.5 inch boards with a maximum depth of 6 inches.
 
The DW734 is overall very well reviewed. As you would expect from a big brand name it does carry a hefty price tag, but with good reason. Users are very pleased by the smooth finish that the triple blade cutter is producing, and at the same time at a great rate of feed. Although the majority agrees, the DeWALT does receive criticism by some users. One common complaint is about the cutting blades; soft and with a high rate of wear, and the blades also do not perform well when fed with harder wood specimen.
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Makita 2012NB 12-Inch Planer with Interna-Lok Automated Head Clamp

Makita 2012NB 12-Inch Planer with Interna-Lok Automated Head Clamp


 
 
The 2012NB by Makita is one of the best reviewed bench top planer, rated at 12 in. of width capacity. Powering the cutter head is a relatively quiet 15 amp motor with a no load speed of 8500 rpm. As well as being one of the quietest portable planers, it is also quite compact measuring only 21.4 x 19.2 x 18.1 inches (H x W x L).
 
The Makita receives good reviews from many reviewers. They praise its high quality cuts, solid build, and quite operation. Some reviewers have owned and used their planers for years with regular use and have proven theirs to stand the test of time. Of course, it isn’t without its share of criticism. Although very few, some users have experienced problems right out of the box, and Makita’s poor customer support was not appreciated by those few. A fraction of those who gave it outstanding reviews have also mentioned that it has a slow feed.
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Buying the Best Bench Top Planer

If you are looking for the best bench top planer, all three can be recommended. Although very similar each has their own strengths. For the budget minded, the 40100 by Steel City Tool Works is an excellent choice. For those seeking a more refined product, both the DeWALT and Makita can potentially live up to that expectation. It is worth to remember to promptly examine all products as soon as it arrives at your doorstep, so as to not miss out on any warranty claims. Overall, in terms of performance all three planers are recommended.

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