7 Best Edge And Thickness Planers [2022 Updated]

In this guide we will deal with the combined planer and thicknesser, a stationary electric tool widely used in both the hobby and professional fields, we will see what characteristics the various models possess based on the intended use and how to choose one that suits your needs.

We have also included the review of the seven currently most requested combined planes, both in the professional and hobby range.

The most popular models, in both categories, are the DeWalt D27300-QS , which is the best-selling in the professional plane category, and the Einhell TC-SP 204 , a combination plane for hobbyists with a particularly advantageous price.

7 Best Edge And Thickness Planers [2022 Updated]

And here we are with the most requested edge and thickness combined planes, among all the models currently on the market; starting with the best-selling models, both in the professional and hobby categories.

1. DeWalt D27300-QS planer and thicknesser from 260mm

 According to the opinions of buyers, also confirmed by sales data, the DeWalt D27300 is one of the best edge and thickness planers of 2021, among the various models on the market for professional use.

The DeWalt planer and thicknesser, in fact, stands out first of all for its high price, which makes it accessible almost exclusively to professional users, but at the same level of cost, the services offered are also of a high level. It has a sturdy and resistant structure, built in die-cast aluminum alloy, and a 2,100 Watt induction motor capable of generating a speed of 6,200 rpm.

The maximum width of the worktable is 260 mm, the latter is equipped with rubber-coated feed rollers and protection for the knives, in order to ensure a high degree of precision. The only limitation, as mentioned before, is the high cost, accessible only to professionals.

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Professional: The DeWalt planer and thicknesser is a stationary machine designed especially for professional carpenters and carpenters; it is powerful, solid, robust and also extremely precise in cutting.

Safe: The plane is equipped with all the devices necessary to work in complete peace of mind: the overload protection, the knife protection and the safety switch against accidental starting.

Precise: Apart from the knife protection device, the high precision of the machine is ensured by the presence of the blade calibration device and the adjustable stop.

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Price: It costs a lot, but it is understandable since it is a stationary machine designed for woodworking and carpentry workshops.

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Einhell planer and thicknesser

2. WEN PL1326 15-Amp 13-Inch Spiral Benchtop Thickness Planer


For hobbyists who are wondering where to buy a planer at low prices, however, we recommend taking a look at the TC-SP 204, produced by the German company Einhell; among the various models that we have compared in our guide, in fact, this is the cheapest of all.

The Einhell planer and thicknesser has a 1,500 Watt motor that generates an idle speed of 9,000 rpm and is equipped with protective devices and anti-vibration feet, in order to guarantee safety and stability. The structure is quite solid and the worktop, made of aluminum, is also complete with a tilting guide to smooth the edges.

WEN PL1326 15-Amp 13-Inch Spiral Benchtop Thickness Planer
  • Spiral cutterhead utilizes 26 staggered and rotatable HSS blades for a clean, smooth finish
  • Onboard material removal gauge informs users about the cutting depth of each pass

Despite having some good features, however, the TC-SP 204 still remains an economic Einhell stationary machine, intended exclusively for hobby use. Before putting it to work it is better to provide for a general check and make the necessary corrections.

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Wide accessibility: The economic price of this combined planer and thicknesser is aimed above all at the amateur and hobby user segment; even the performances, however, are adequate to the cost of the tool.

Solid and resistant: The weight of 30 kilograms proves that the construction of the Einhell plane is robust and massive; the worktop is also made entirely of die-cast aluminum.

Safe: It has an overload protection switch and anti-vibration feet, it is also prepared for connection to a vacuum cleaner thanks to the integrated 100 mm diameter hose.

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Assembly: It is better to subject the Einhell to a general check before use and, if necessary, make the necessary adjustments and tighten the screws where needed.

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Femi planer and thicknesser

3. WEN PL1252 15-Amp 12.5-Inch Two-Blade Benchtop Thickness Planer ,


Among the best-selling economic models, the Femi planer and thicknesser also occupies a good position. The PF150 Job Line, in fact, is only slightly more expensive than the Einhell; although it is intended exclusively for non-intensive hobby use, however, some buyers prefer it as it is produced by an Italian company.

From the point of view of assembly, in fact, Femi offers slightly higher production standards than Einhell, so the PF150 is very solid, resistant and above all assembled with a certain care; consequently it generates less vibrations, and therefore is also less noisy.

WEN PL1252 15-Amp 12.5-Inch Two-Blade Benchtop Thickness Planer , Black
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WEN PL1252 15-Amp 12.5-Inch Two-Blade Benchtop Thickness Planer , Black
  • Plane boards up to 6 inches thick and 12.5 inches wide
  • 15A motor generates 20,000 cuts per minute at a 26 feet per minute feed rate

In any case, it still remains a hobby-level machine, therefore it is subject to limitations not only as regards the level of performance. The lateral guide, in fact, plays a little game; moreover, the connection to the vacuum cleaner is mandatory since the shavings easily clog the machine.

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Assembly: Between the Einhell examined previously and the Femi PF150, the latter is certainly the best planer and thicknesser as regards the care in assembly.

Low noise: The improved assembly also helps to reduce vibrations, which is why the Femi is less noisy than other planers in the same price range.

Affordable cost: The price is only slightly higher than the Einhell combination plane we compared it with, therefore easily accessible for hobbyists and amateurs.

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Shavings: The PF150 requires constant cleaning otherwise the shavings clog the machine; better to always keep it connected to a dust extraction system.

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Compa planer and thicknesser

4. WEN 6530 6-Amp Electric Hand Planer,


Discerning hobbyists who are looking for a new combination plane model and are willing to spend a little more for better performance, would do well to take a look at the Mini Kompacta 250/2, produced by the company Compa, which has a cutting width of 254 mm.

The latter, in fact, is precisely the characteristic that makes Mini Kompacta so sought-after, despite the much higher price than the hobbyist planers and thicknessers examined previously. Apart from this, the Compa planer and thicknesser is also equipped with automatic feed, a tilting table from 0 to 45 degrees and a 100 mm diameter nozzle for connection to the vacuum cleaner.

WEN 6530 6-Amp Electric Hand Planer, 3-1/4-Inch
  • 6-amp motor provides up to 34,000 cuts per minute
  • 16 positive stops adjust the cutting depth anywhere from 0 to 1/8 inches

The only limitation of this plane is the fine tuning; to obtain good results and a completely flawless cut, in fact, you need to know how to adjust it. For this reason it is mainly recommended for more experienced and demanding hobbyists.

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Medium-high quality: The Mini Kompacta belongs to the mid-price range and occupies a fairly high position within it, as evidenced by the price of the machine, but the quality and performance are just as superior.

Cutting width: While budget-grade hobby surface planers rarely exceed a cutting width of 200mm, the Mini Kompacta comes in at 254mm.

Precise: In spite of the economical models, the Mini Kompacta is clearly superior also in terms of the level of precision in cutting.

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Registration: Setting up the machine to offer maximum performance is not easy; for this reason, and for the price, it is only recommended for more experienced hobbyists.

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Fervi surface and thickness planer

5.CRAFTSMAN Benchtop Planer, 


With the Fervi planer and thicknesser we return to the category of high-end products, intended for intensive professional use. In fact, article 0749, like the DeWalt examined previously, is a stationary machine for workshops and carpentry and carpentry workshops.

Compared to the DeWalt, the Fervi combined plane has the advantage of costing almost a third less, but the price difference necessarily translates into more limited features; the cutting width, for example, is 250 millimeters compared to 260 for the DeWalt. The motor also has a power of 1,500 watts and a speed of 4,000 rpm, while the DeWalt offers 2,000 watts and 6,200 rpm.

CRAFTSMAN Benchtop Planer, 15-Amp (CMEW320)
  • HARD AND SOFT WOOD MATERIAL REMOVAL: 15 Amp motor of the woodworking planer provides power for both hard...
  • MAXIMUM STOCK REMOVAL: The thickness planer features Poly-V Cutterhead drive for maximum stock removal

This does not mean that the Fervi is still an excellent machine, however, ideal for professionals who do not have too high demands and therefore can afford to save something while maintaining a high level of quality and performance.

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Professional: The characteristics of the Fervi combined planer are excellent, as is expected from a professional stationary machine of this magnitude; it does not reach the performance of the DeWalt but on the other hand it costs less.

Cutting width: This is also second to DeWalt, but at 250 millimeters it is superior to all the others we have examined in our guide.

Solid and sturdy: The cabinet configuration, with the frame covered by removable bulkheads, makes it solid and robust, ideal for joinery and carpentry workshops; the worktop is also made of cast iron, to offer greater resistance and durability.

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For Professionals Only: The price is definitely cheaper than the DeWalt, but still too high for a hobbyist. It is intended for professionals only.

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Holzmann planer and thicknesser

6. DEWALT DCP580B 20V MAX Brushless Planer


The HOB 260ABS is produced by the Austrian company Holzmann, and is a modern stationary machine, equipped with sound-absorbing slots in the planing tables, to ensure sound insulation, and an integrated suction system complete with dust collector.

It is driven by a single-phase electric motor that can work in continuous service, with an absorption of 1,500 Watt, and in periodic uninterrupted service with an absorption of 2,100 Watt; as regards the cut, however, the maximum width is 260 mm and the height 160 mm. Its features are very complex and the machine is undoubtedly professional in all respects, but it is also an entry level product in its category.

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DEWALT DCP580B 20V MAX Brushless Planer (Tool Only)
  • Brushless motor of the electric hand planner provides power and runtime
  • The hand planer featuring 30,000 cuts per minute achieves a fast removal rate

The price is very advantageous, therefore, but the worktops are made of aluminum instead of cast iron, and the instruction manual does not contain the Italian translation.

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Price: Among the various professional models examined in the guide, the Holzmann planer and thicknesser is the one characterized by the most affordable price, both compared to Fervi and DeWalt.

Integrated vacuum cleaner: There is no need to connect it to external systems, the Holzmann has a suction system with integrated dust collector, and thanks to the bags it is easy to empty it if necessary.

Acoustically insulated: The lower part of the worktops has sound-absorbing slats that drastically reduce noise, which by the way is not excessive since the motor is induction.

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Worktop: The worktop is made of aluminum, so the sliding of the pieces is less fluid than a cast iron worktop. Given the professional nature of the machine, this is an important detail.

Planer and thickness Scheppach

7.Bosch PL1632 6.5 Amp Hand Planer,


The HMS850, produced by the German company Scheppach, is mainly intended for hobbyists who have space problems and cannot have too large equipment; it is in fact a surface and thicknessing planer for the bench, which occupies a footprint of just 465 x 445 x 805 millimeters.

The maximum width of the surface planer is 204 millimeters, while the maximum height in thickness mode is 355 millimeters, consequently it is a model suitable above all for working small pieces; it is driven by a 1,500 Watt motor and is designed for connection to a dust extraction system.

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Bosch PL1632 6.5 Amp Hand Planer, 3-1/4"
  • Powerful planer with 6.5 Amp rating and 16,500 RPM speed for fast stock removal and smooth finish in soft...
  • Spring-loaded stand elevates tool to protect blade and tool resting spot; special shape allows easy entry...

The Scheppach planer and thicknesser is a good machine for amateur use, but it suffers from a poorly maintained assembly which affects its accuracy; therefore it is advisable to subject it to a general rectification before putting it to work.

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Compact: The Scheppach is specially designed to take up the smallest possible footprint, whether placed on a workbench or on a specific support, so it is ideal for those with space problems.

Powerful: Despite its compact size, the HMS850 is powered by a 1,500 Watt motor capable of moving the knife shaft at a speed of 8,000 meters per second.

Suction: The integrated system is already efficient enough, but if that weren’t enough, it is prepared for connection to an external suction system.

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Assembly: Careless and due to many small games between the different components, so you have to arm yourself with patience and proceed with a complete rectification of the machine.

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How to choose the best edge and thickness planers

The importance of the intended use

Deciding which planer and thickness to buy, among all the models currently on the market, may not be an easy thing; Furthermore, in the eyes of those with little experience in the field, and therefore beginner DIY enthusiasts, the machines available in the various market segments seem to all look a bit alike.

Consequently, to understand how to choose a good planer and thicknesser you must first start from the frequency of use and the type of work it is intended for, the same is true if it is a gift to give to a loved one. The machines intended for hobby or amateur use, in fact, cost less than those intended for professional use, but they are also less performing and less precise.

Taking into account the different categories and price ranges, therefore, in general terms the cost of a surface and thickness planer can vary from approximately 250-300 euros up to 2,000 euros and more, depending on the differences in the case and the manufacturer.

The low-medium range models

As we mentioned in the previous paragraph, the planers and thicknessers that are placed in the medium-low range of the market are those characterized by the cheapest prices, always in relation to the type of power tool and the relative prices in proportion to the quality and performance.

These machines are obviously limited, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t functional; they are simply intended for a range of users who will make a limited and non-intensive use of them, and which for this reason does not have the absolute need to spend large sums for a performing and more precise machine, but oversized to the real needs of work.

In this range you can find excellent combined planes, but it is important to establish some stakes as far as spending is concerned; the cheaper models, in fact, are recommended exclusively for DIY enthusiasts, as they would not withstand the strain of intensive or excessively prolonged use.

Furthermore, their cost is “economic” only in a relative way, because the cost for one of these machines is in any case around 250 to 650 euros, depending on the characteristics of the model and the manufacturer.

Starting from 650 up to 1,500 euros and above, on the other hand, there are the mid-range models which are also intended for hobby use, but are designed to ensure a large amount of craftsmanship and therefore offer significantly higher performance than those of surface planers. and cheaper thickness, both in terms of work and precision and for noise and comfort of use.

The planer and thicknesser for professional use

In the medium-high range, on the other hand, there are both the top-of-the-range models of the hobby range and those intended for professional use, from the basic models to the top-of-the-range ones. In this case, the price of the machine has a starting point of no less than 1,250 euros approximately, and can go up to 2,000 euros and even more, depending on the model chosen.

It is not surprising that the prices are so consistent already starting from the basic segment, the planer and thicknesser, in fact, is a combined stationary machine that combines the functions of two different types of planer in one, with a consequent saving of space. in the laboratory and an increase in efficiency and working times.

The professional models, therefore, rank high not only for their excellent performance, but also for the cost. This type of combined planing machines, of course, are intended for workshops and carpentry and carpentry workshops, or for professionals in general.

Frequent questions

What is the thickness and surface planer used for?

The surface planer consists of three sections: the two work surfaces and the central shaft that divides them, on which the knives are mounted. The surface planer can work a single face at a time, therefore, and if the piece needs to be planed on both sides, the machine is not able to ensure that these are perfectly parallel to each other.

Furthermore, the surface planer does not suffer from any limitations regarding the thickness of the pieces to be machined, but you have to exert pressure on the piece during the passage on the work surface, obviously paying attention to keep your hands away from the area where the knives are located. .

The thickness planer, on the other hand, has a knife holder shaft similar to that of the surface planer, but is equipped with only one work surface instead of two. The top can be adjusted in height so as to be brought closer to or further away from the knife holder shaft, and the distance between the top and the knives can vary from a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 300 millimeters, depending on the adjustments allowed by the machine.

Also in this case the processing takes place one side at a time but the characteristic of the surface that is raised (by bringing the piece closer to the rollers and to the shaft with the knives) allows to obtain a precise and perfectly parallel planing if the piece is placed on the side that has already undergone planing.

The surface planer and thicknesser, on the other hand, combines the characteristics of both types described above, therefore it is mainly used in carpentry and carpentry workshops, where both types of processing are usually performed very frequently and the machines are subjected to a more intensive.

Furthermore, the level of precision in planing plays an equally important role, as we have seen previously, in fact, the surface planer alone is not able to guarantee perfect parallelism of the facades. Since precision in work is a need felt not only in the professional field, but also in the amateur field, on the market you can also find surface planers and thicknessers with a more accessible price, therefore intended for the user group made up of hobbyists and lovers. do it yourself.

How to use a thickness and surface planer

How the planer and thicknesser works

As we mentioned earlier, the piece of wood being worked on on a surface planer must be pressed against the work surface and pushed against the knives, while continuing to exert pressure on the part of the piece that is on the exit plane as well. In the thickness planer, on the other hand, it is sufficient to slowly push the piece on the surface until it is “hooked” by the infeed roller, which pushes it against the knife shaft.

The surface planer alone, therefore, cannot guarantee that the sides of the piece are perfectly parallel and at an angle of 90 ° with respect to the edges, which is why, after having planed one and a flush edge, a plane is needed. thickness to finish the work on the opposite facade and edge, in a clean and above all precise way.

Consequently, the planer and thicknesser is a stationary machine that combines both processing methods, therefore in the upper part it is structured like a normal surface planer: that is, it has two support surfaces, the entry and outlet, separated from the knife holder shaft.

Both planes can be adjusted independently, the output one must always be parallel to the maximum height reached by the knives, while the input one is adjusted for a lower height, which can be two-three millimeters or even more, to depending on the case.

In the lower part of the machine, then, there are a third work surface and two rotating rollers, placed at a certain distance from each other so as to be in front of and behind the knife holder shaft. The infeed roller is equipped with transversal grooves, so as to “cling” to the piece of wood and hold it firmly while pushing it towards the knives, while the exit roller is in turn grooved, or coated with a rubber layer, in so as to adhere to the piece just planed without damaging the surface, but with such pressure as to continue to push it towards the exit.

The lower worktop is adjustable in height, in order to adapt to the size of the piece of wood to be planed; the maximum thickness allowed, however, usually does not exceed 300 millimeters, except for specific machinery made for industrial use and in particular for metal planing.

The planer and thicknesser, therefore, is a dual function machine, but this does not mean that it can work two pieces of wood at the same time, nor can it plan a single piece on both sides at the same time.

The need to combine the two types of machines into one is given only by the saving of space and by the frequency with which planings must be carried out that require a high degree of precision, to obtain which it is necessary to use the thickness planing.

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