Last updated on February 27th, 2022 at 10:10 am
Every experienced woodworker still has one or two wooden or metal hand planes available in their workshop. Those are ideal for certain projects and work pieces that require some really delicate touch and finesse.
The electric hand planer however, is a motorized more aggressive way to get the same job done faster and more efficiently without applying much elbow grease.
They’re mostly used especially when working with lumber too large to fit into a normal thickness planer machine, such as when shaving off some thickness from doors that won’t close properly.
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Most electric hand planers also features V-shaped grooves underneath the shoe for shamfering corners. They’re also ideal for cutting rabbets when fitted with a rabbet cutting attachment.
Here in this article, I’ve listed some of the best ones you can choose from, featuring products from different top tool brands like Dewalt, Craftsman, Makita, Bosch, Porter Cable and so on. Some are corded electric, while others are corded or battery powered.
1. Bosch PL1632 Electric Hand Planer
As one of the best power tool producing companies out there, Bosch really put a lot of thought into making this PL1632 electric hand planer.
The Bosch PL1632 features a 6.5 Amps motor which spins the cutter head at a rate of 16500 rpm, which is more than enough to cut and plane any type of wood effectively.
It comes equipped with a dual-mounted fence with a protective shield which combines well to help plane door edges easily.
The part of the fence that comes in contact with the wood/door face is laid with a plastic overshoe which helps protect the door face from getting marred.
Setting depth adjustment is also a very easy, as the planer is equipped with a metric scaled depth adjustment knob which is very easy to read adjust.
To operate any machine effectively, it has to have a very good handle.
That is why the Bosch PL1632 electric planer handle is optimally-angled to ease the forward motion of the tool and reduce fatigue for anyone working with it.
The handle is also equipped with a soft rubber grip, making it very comfortable to hold.
As common in most electric hand planers, the Bosch PL1632 features a spring loaded stand which you can use to elevate the tool when you need to set it down and prevent damaging your material or the cutterhead blades.
Setting up the tool is quick and easy as well.
For added safety, the Bosch PL1632 not only comes with a lock off button to prevent accidental startup, but also a lock-on which is very useful for prolonged usage.
It comes with a dust collection bag, which (although fills up quickly) works efficiently to help collect the dust/shavings produced while working with it.
A very nice feature of the PL1632 is that the cord swivels at the end to make it very easy to position the power cord and to prevent damage.
What we like about it
The Bosch PL1632 is very sturdy, and thus it will definitely stand the test of time.
It’s very effective as well, because you can use it on any kind of wood material whether hard or soft.
Another great feature I like about the Bosch PL1632 is the ability to control the directions of the shavings. You can switch the dust port from left to right depending on the direction you want the shavings to go through.
Where it can be improved
The Bosch PL1632 planer work perfectly, but the carrying case can definitely use some improvement.
You need to disassemble the edge guide in order to fit the planer into the case, and then assemble it again when you have to use it.
2. Milwaukee 2623-20 M18 Cordless Hand Planer
If you’re looking for a cordless electric hand planer for both workshop and jobsite projects, the Milwaukee 2623-20 stands as one of the best choice in the market.
Powered with Milwaukee’s 18 volts M18 battery, the 2623-20 delivers the kind of performance every craftsman needs to get the job done.
It capable of producing a maximum cut depth of 5/64 inches in a single pass, thus increasing productivity if a large chunk of the material needs to be removed.
The powerful motor ensures the motor does not bug down even when working with the max depth settings.
Talking about depth settings, the Milwaukee 2623-20 is fairly easy to adjust, as it comes equipped with a fully functional depth adjustment dial with 20 depth presets, making it very suitable for high precision projects.
The dial also does not need to be re-zeroed after the first adjustment, because the dial does not rotate past the 5/64 inch or 0 mark. This allows the user to easily identify at what depth they’re cutting.
With a rabbet cutting capacity of 27/64 inch, the Milwaukee 2623-20 offers professionals more depth of cut especially when making shiplap joints. Collecting sawdust is easy with the 2623-20 model, as it features a two sided, left and right dust ejection port, directing the sawdust away from the user even when a shop vac is not connected.
What we like about it
The Milwaukee 2623-20 is quite powerful for its size and will chop through any type of wood you have to work with.
It’s also very easy to adjust with the well calibrated depth adjustment knob it comes with.
The battery life is also very good.
Where it can be improved
It’s quite weighty compared to a corded model.
3. Craftsman CMEW300 6 Amp Electric Hand Planer
The model CMEW300 electric hand planer from Craftsman is one of the best we reviewed in this list. It has everything you need to achieve perfect finishes on boards of different hardness and dimension.
It’s comes equipped with a powerful 6 amp electric motor which ensures it cuts through both hardwood and softwood with ease.
The 6 amp motor produces up to 16,500 RPM cutterhead speed for easy and fast material removal.
Controlling cut depth is easy, using the overmolded depth control knob on it. The depth control knob features 10 positive stops and multiple depth settings for easy adjustment, with the rubber overmold making it very easy to handle.
Equipped with an 11.5 inch cast aluminum shoe, the Craftsman CMEW300 features a smooth and sturdy base that provides the user a better finish and control during operation.
With a dual side dust extraction, a suitable shop vac can be connected on either side of the tool for easy dust collection and ultimately keeping the work area clean.
What we like about it
First of all, the CMEW300 is very powerful. With a 6 amps motor producing a no load speed of 16,500 RPM, it will chop through any wood without much effort on your part.
Also, the carbide blades it’s equipped with ensures that the blades remain sharp for a very long time while working with it.
Where it can be improved
It could do with a few more accessories such as a hard box for easy storage and transport of the tool.
4. Makita 1806B
If you have large timber stocks you can’t straighten with a jointer due to their size, there is one tool that will help you get the job done easily. It’s the Makita 1806B 10.9 Amps 6-3/4 inch electric planer.
In terms of size and capacity, there are few hand planers that can be compared with this Makita’s 1806B
Planing really large and rough lumber will require a few more passes if you go for other planers with lower width and depth capacity.
With the Makita however, you’ll require less passes because of its shear size, its width and depth capacity.
Most of the electric hand planers you’ll see when you’re searching or looking for electric planers are equipped with either 6.5 Amps to 7.5 Amps motors, but the Makita 1806B comes equipped with a behemoth 10.9 Amp motor which produces 15000 revolutions per minute.
Enough power to brush through anything placed in its part.
In a single pass, it cuts through 6-3/4 inches of the width and 1/16 inches of what you’re working on. It comes equipped with a very large sole plate that gives it this extra stability, making it very easy to glide it through whatever you’re planing with it.
The blades are high-speed steel blades which complements the powerful motor to ensure it chops through whatever type of wood you ply it through.
Adjusting the cutting depth of the Makita electric planer is very easy as it comes equipped with a depth adjustment dial with easy depth settings which are very clear and easy to read.
A good handle is necessary for power tools like this, and Makita did not disappoint in this aspect as the 1806B electric planer comes equipped with an ergonomic handle which is very comfortable to hold and work with.
Another important feature is the lock-on button which you can use to keep the planer running as long as you want to plane with it.
This Makita planer is ideal for you if you carry out professional construction framing, fine woodworking as well as window and door installation.
Above all, what really matters when it comes to electric planers or planers of any kind is how smooth and polished is the resulting work after using the planer? The Makita 1806B electric planer performs exceptionally well in that aspect as well.
It produce smooth and polished finishes that any workman will be proud of.
One thing you should expect though is that 1806B is heavy, and that should not even be a surprise considering the its size and design.
What I like about it
This is not just any electric planer. It’s an electric planer meant for tackling the toughest jobs and tasks you have in hand.
If you’ve got some large stocks to deal with, then this Makita will help you breeze through them easily.
Depth adjustment is very good, and an ergonomic handle makes it easy to operate without getting fatigued even though it’s heavy.
Finishing is very good, and the tool is well-built.
Where it can be improved
The power cord that comes with it is a bit stiff, and thus inhibits the movement of the planer.
It could really use some flexibility.
5. Powertec HP1005 8 Amp Corded Electric Hand Planer
Equipped with a powerful 8 amp motor, the Powertec HP1005 electric hand planer produces some of the best performance you’ll find among similar tools.
With its two-blade cutter head, the HP1005 is capable of making cuts up to 4-3/8 inch wide, which is more compared to similar hand planers.
The 8 amp motor delivers more performance, producing up to 32,000 cuts per minute in the cutter head which has 2 V-shaped grooves for chamfering doors and other projects.
It also features a depth adjustment knob with 16 positive stops for easy depth settings. The dust extraction port is on both sides of the planer, allowing the user the most convenient way to extract dust from the tool and keep a clean workspace.
6. Ryobi HPL52K Electric Hand Planer
This electric hand planer from Ryobi is one ergonomically designed to help you work comfortably even as you tackle difficult projects with it.
The Ryobi HPL52K features a GRIPZONE rubber overmold which allows you to hold the planer even in slippery conditions.
It comes equipped with a 6 amp motor producing up to 16,500 revolutions per minute, allowing you to tackle a wide range of woodworking projects with it.
Making depth adjustments is very easy with the Ryobi HPL52K, letting you make 1/96 inch depth increments from 0 to 1/8 inches.
For convenience and ease of use, the planer features a 6 foot cord which provides you a wide range of space and allows you to cover a large area with the planer without the need for an extension cord.
It also features dual exhaust ports at both sides of the planer which lets you choose the side you want to blow out chips and dust depending on the side of the planer you’re standing while operating it.
For safety, the Ryobi HPL52K also comes equipped with a lock-off button which prevents accidental activation of the machine, and the consequent damage to the workpiece, the planer machine or even yourself.
All in all, this Ryobi electric hand planer comes with every feature you need to handle any kind of hand planing project you have at hand, and it provides excellent results.
7. Skil PL201201 Electric Hand Planer
When you buy the Skil PL201201 electric hand planer, you get the planer machine, a parallel guide, a rebate fence, dust bag, spanner and adaptor.
With this, you have everything to tackle any wood planing and flattening project in your workshop.
The planer comes equipped with a 6.5 amp motor with a no-load speed of 16000 rpm, producing enough power to chop through even the hardest of construction lumber.
It features a planing width of 3-1/4 inches and a maximum planing or cutting depth of 5/64 inches, allowing you to cover more ground in one pass.
The planer comes equipped with a smooth kickstand that allows you to rest the hand planer on the workpiece without scratching the finished surface.
It also comes with a lock-off switch to prevent any accidental startup of the planer that might ruin the surface you’re working on or cause harm to the operator.
A dual exhaust port allows you to collect dust and chips from any side of the planer, making it very easy to operate.
Overall, this electric hand planer from Skil definitely stands among the best, because it has everything you need to work on projects both on and off the jobsite.
8. Porter-Cable PC60THP
Shaving off and smoothening rough lumber is easy with the Porter-Cable PC60THP electric hand planer. It’s ideal for smooth material removal as it comes equipped with a 6 amp motor producing a no load speed of 16500 revolutions per minute.
Depth control and adjustments is very easy with this planer because it features a 10 position rubber overmold depth knob for making depth settings and better control of the planer.
It comes with 3 chamfering grooves which come handy for chamfering edges such as door edges.
Collecting dust and chips produced during operation is also very easy as the PC60THP features a double or dual dust extraction port which allows you to extract dust on either side of the tool.
9. Dewalt DCP580B 20V Cordless Hand Planer
If you want a cordless electric hand planer, one of the best ones you can go for is the Dewalt DCP580B.
The planer comes equipped with a brushless motor for maximum power efficiency and runtime.
With a no-load speed of 15,000 rpm, the planer produces up to 32,000 cuts per minute ensuring the smoothest finish on the material you’re working on.
It comes with a precision finished front and back aluminum shoes for uniform and parallel cuts, and a kickstand to allow you rest the tool on the material you’re planing without ruining it.
A v-groove is machined in the front shoe to make it easy to carry out edge chamfering with the tool.
Equipped with a Poly-V belt, you can be sure to work with the tool for a very long time before you have any belt problems.
It has a planing width of 3-1/4 inches and a maximum cutting depth of 5/64 inches. A calibrated depth adjustment knob with 1/256 inches or 0.01 mm increments allow you to make quick and precise depth adjustments easily.
Overall, the Dewalt DCP580B really comes with every feature needed for planing and reclaiming wood in workshop or on the jobsite.
10. Makita KP312
It’s not every day you come across hand planers like this.
With up to 12-1/4 inches of planing width, the Makita KP312 electric hand planer has the width capacity equivalent to many portable benchtop thickness planers.
It also has the capacity to cut up to 1/8 inches of cutting depth in one pass.
It’s a beast of electric hand planers because you’re surely not going to be seeing hand planers with this kind of width capacity very often.
To match that width capacity, the Makita KP312 comes equipped with a 15 amp motor delivering up to 12,000 RPM of speed for the most demanding of planing operations.
This Makita hand planer is not just for simple DIY home improvement projects. It’s for professional general contractors, framers, carpenters boat fabricators and log home builders looking for the best-in-class 12-1/4 inch hand planer.
The tools overall length is 21-3/4 inches and weighs just shy of 40 lbs. (39.7 to be exact). Even though it’s that heavy, the KP312 features a front roller that allows you to move it easily over rough materials without much effort.
A large ejection shoot provides a high rate of chip discharge and ensures that the planer works efficiently without any clogging from wet or dry wood chips.
Making depth adjustments is very easy using a large conveniently located depth adjustment knob.
With up to 33 ft of cord length, you’ll never run short of cord when planing large or long materials with this planer.
The handle is ergonomically designed to allow the user maximum control of the tool, to reduce user fatigue and for comfort during operation.
All in all, if you’re a professional woodworker looking for a large capacity hand planer to tackle your projects, then you should seriously consider getting this Makita KP312 12-1/4 inch electric hand planer.