This product review was written by Charlie Miller
This product review was written by Charlie Miller
|Metabo MPTDH330 1800 W 240 V Thicknesser||Wood up 330mm by 152mm, 7m/min feed rate, 3mm removed per pass.||££££|
|DART F22-564-250 Planer Thicknesser, 240 V, Blue||Wood up to 250mm by 120mm, 2mm per pass removed, 6m/min feed rate.||£££|
|DeWalt Dw733 230V Portable Thicknesser 1800W||Wood up to 317mm by 152mm, 2mm per pass removed, 8m/min feed rate.||££££|
|Triton TPT125 Thicknesser, 317 mm||Wood up to 317mm by 152mm, 1.6mm per pass removed, 8.5m/min feed rate.||££|
|Makita 2012NB/2 Thicknesser, 220 V, 1650 W, 304mm||Wood up to 304mm by 150mm, 3mm per pass removed, 8.5m/min feed rate.||£££|
|Titan TTB579PLN 204mm Planer Thicknesser 230V||Wood up to 212mm by 740mm, 3mm per pass removed, cheap, 6m/min feed rate.||£|
|Charnwood W588 8'' x 5'' Bench Top Planer Thicknesser||Wood up to 203mm by 127mm, light at 28Kg, 2mm per pass, 8m/min feed rate.||££|
|Makita 2012NB 110 V Thicknesser||Wood up to 304mm by 105mm, 3mm per pass removed, 8.5m/min feed rate.||£££|
Best Planer Thicknesser UK
Imperfect boards don’t look great and they certainly aren’t the best to use. Fortunately, the planer thicknesser exists, combining two great processes in one, thinning out boards and imperfections to your consistent specifications with ease.
Though there are many planer thicknessers on the market varying In price, design, features and brand. We’ve handpicked our favourite 8 varying in all of the aforementioned differences and reviewed them so you can make an informed choice when purchasing.
This planer thicknesser from Metabo is a high-end 1800W machine though it comes at a price. It is ideal for working in rooms with no natural day light or on construction sites generating minimum heat when compared to a common halogen bulb. The machine is able to clean wood up to 330mm wide and 152mm thick. Its two blades are capable of removing up to 3mm of material per pass making it more than capable for any job. It has a feed rate of 7 metres per minute which is slightly lower than some other machines though it makes up for it in trimming depth. It weighs 35Kg, has a table measuring 840x330mm, 2 integrated HPHSS reversible planer blades, push stick and extraction nozzle to round it out. For other great workshop tools check out our guide on heat guns.
- Accepts wood up to 330mm wide and 152mm thick
- Feed rate of 7 metres per minute
- Two HPHSS reversible planer blades remove up to 3mm at a time
This middle range planer thicknesser from DART is ideal for a busy workshop capable of handling most jobs on its 1280W motor. It has a maximum width of 250mm and a maximum height of 120mm so ensure its capable of handling the wood you need it to. It features a strong tilting aluminium fence between 0-45 degrees and has a feed rate of 6 metres per minute which is slightly on the lower side. However, it has a thicknesser capacity of 3mm and planer capacity of 2mm per pass. The planer bench measures 920 x 262mm, while the machine weighs 33.5Kg and has a dust extraction port of 100mm.
- Planes wood up to 250mm wide and 120mm thick
- 3mm thicknesser and 2mm planer per pass
- Bench measures 920x 262mm
The DeWalt DW733 has a powerful 1800W Motor and was designed in mind to give complete portability though it does still weigh 33.6Kg. The cutter head is locked in place by the head lock feature removing any movement whilst cutting to give a high-quality surface finish. It sports a large in and out feed table to support material as it passes through.
It can handle wood up to 317mm wide and 152mm thick and the 4-post design allows the cutter to move up and down smoothly. It has holes in the back which enable the machine to be fitted to a bench if necessary and it has a planer depth of 2mm per pass with a no load speed of 10000 rpm. It has a feed rate of 8m per minute which is pretty high on our list, making quick work of any job. For other great guides read our one on pillar drills.
- Planes wood up to 317mm wide and 152mm thick
- Plane depth of 2mm per pass and a no load speed of 10000rpm
- Has a feed rate of 8m/min which is pretty high
This thicknesser from Triton comes at a very reasonable price offering an 1100W motor and high performance. It features large infeed and outfeed tables to support material when cutting. The circuit breaker ensures electrical safety when in use and a dust chute can be mounted on either end, cleaning as you cut. It has a handle which controls the depth of cutting between 3.2mm and 152mm.
It has a cutting depth of only 1.6mm which is on the lower side but it can handle wood 317mm wide and 152mm thick which is on par with some of the top spec ones. Amazingly it has a feed rate of 8.5m/min which is the highest on the list, however it doesn’t plane quite as deep. The 4-post design allows the cutter to move vertically, smoothly for good cuts. It weighs 29.9Kg which is on the lower side for this type of product. For some great outside tools see our guide on pruning saws.
- Planes wood up to 317mm wide and 152mm thick
- Feed rate of 8.5m/min at a cost of a planning depth of 1.6mm per run
- 4 post design for smooth cutter movement
The Makita 2012NB/2 is our favourite planer thicknesser, offering a 1650W motor and delivery of up to 8500 rpm. It has A 304mm cutting width and a 150mm cutting depth with a fantastic 3mm planning depth of per pass. Not only this it has the best feed rate on our list of 8.5m/min all whilst featuring a great planning depth. The table size is 304mm by 771mm enough for larger materials and it’s supplied with wrenches and a magnetic holder.
The downward pressure system when feeding in materials prevents sniping of the wood and the 1 year guarantee gives you peace of mind. It offers the best performance of any planer thicknesser on our list, with the highest workload capacity.
- Feed rate of 8.5m/min with an impressive planer depth of 3mm
- Downward pressure system prevents sniping of the wood
- Features a 304mm cutting width and 150mm cutting depth
This planer thicknesser from Titan offers a decent piece of kit at a very reasonable price. It features a 1500W brush motor capable of a no load speed of 9000 rpm. It can accept wood up to 212mm width and 740mm depth which is by far the highest on the list since it does not feature the same 4-post design.
It can plane up to 3mm per pass and has a feed rate of 6m/min which for its price is pretty impressive. It features a die-cast aluminium table which feels very durable and a dust extraction facility which will clean as you use it. Though it’s not really portable like the other 4 post design thicknessers, meaning it is not ideal for anyone looking to move it around.
- Accepts material up to 212mm wide and 740mm depth
- Cheap yet quality planer thicknesser
- Planes up to 3mm per pass and a feed rate of 6m/min
The Charnwood thicknesser is another flat-bed planer at a relatively reasonable price. It can handle up to 203mm wide and 127mm thick materials. It comes in at one of, if not the lightest planer thicknessers on our list at 28Kg made possible by its aluminium table. It features a feed rate of 8m/min and a maximum cutting depth of 2mm per pass.
The steel thicknessing bed features an extension arm on the outfeed edge supported in each corner by chain driven adjusting screws and rubber coated rollers pass the timber through the cutting block leaving no marks. The dust hood can be moved depending on the job and a fail-safe location sensor will detect if its properly fitted. For some great outdoor tools see our guide on long reach hedge trimmers.
- Accepts material up to 203mm wide and 127mm thick
- Lightest at 28Kg making it easier to move if necessary
- Location sensor detects if dust extractor is properly fitted
The Makita 2012NB 110V is essentially the same as the 220V described above, with a few minor differences. It features the same 1650W motor which delivers up to 8500rpm. The cutting width is the same at 304m and the depth at 150mm with a great 3mm planning depth per pass. It has a great feed rate at 8.5m/min while the depth stop can be set anywhere between 3mm and 100mm to reach the desired thickness.
It is a compact and lightweight machine weighing only 27Kg featuring the same 4-poster design and two handles at the top making for easily handling if you need to move it. It also features the same downward pressure system for feeding in materials preventing sniping of the wood.
- Cutting width up to 304mm and depth up to 150mm
- Planning depth of 3mm per pass and feed rate of 8.5m/min
- Lightweight at 27Kg with carry handles
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