SillyWagon Guide: 5 Types of Thickness Planers

Looking for a good Planer to use at home or workshop? Not sure which one would be perfect for your projects?

There are various types of planers available in the market which help you in turning a regular lumber into a fancy, polished wooden boards which can be used to design the interiors of your house.

You need to know more about the different types of planers available and how they are different from each other.

In this article, we will learn more about the different types of planers and their uses. There are mainly 5 types of planers in the market:

1. Hand Planers

One of the most basic types of planer which require a lot of manual effort from your side is the hand planer. This type of planer has a serrated edge which is in parallel with the wood surface which you need to move across the surface of your wood from the lesser thickness area to the higher thickness area. You save shave the surface of the wood strip by strip to make the entire surface leveled.

Hand Planer

You can always use this planer as it needs no electricity to run and is a great tool for finishing but it will take you a long time to level the wood surface and will leave behind a lot of wood filings and chips.

2. Thickness Planers

One of the best planer type to level your wood plank to a particular thickness is the Thickness Planer which is small and portable and can easily shave off a few inches of the wood to get the desired thickness. However, they need a lot of space to operate but apart from that, it is inexpensive, easy to operate and a great tool for DIY enthusiasts. HomeGuyd has a more in-depth guide on them if you’d like to dig deeper.

3. Jointer Planers

This type of planer is a combination of a jointer and a planer and can allow you to do two or more jobs at a time. It costs less than buying both the tools separately which are why this is great for DIY enthusiasts too.

This is great for workshops which needs a jointer and planer for large projects as it can offer you a lot of power, reliability and it can multitask. However, it can be a little big and bulky and slightly expensive if you are an amateur wood worker.

4. Portable Planers

This planer is a miniature version of a stationary planer which is portable and can be kept on any surface to be used. You just need to set it on automatic, feed the material inside and it will provide you with a uniform thickness wood plank.

It is great for small DIY projects and is quite dependable and easy to use. You can’t use it for precision wood working but it works for small house projects that you would like to undertake.

5. Bench top Planers

A slightly bigger version of portable planers, a benchtop planer can produce deeper cuts and can handle higher thickness. It uses an induction motor to produce high power and can work on hard wood too. It is best for heavy duty use and professional woodworking shops and offers you an excellent control over thickness and reliability but it is not easy to move around and requires adequate maintenance.


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