The Best Benchtop Planer Reviews
If you are serious woodworker or a professional contractor, you need to have a benchtop planer in order to get a nice smooth finish on a piece of wood. The only other option would be to shell out for high priced pre-surfaced lumber.
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- Best Benchtop Planers Compared
- Best Benchtop Planer 2018 Reviews
If you can afford a full size jointer and have the space for one that can be a great option, since most people can't it usually makes sense for them to go with a benchtop planer instead. Finding the best benchtop planer to meet your needs can be a bit of a challenge. If you are going to buy a planer you have two options a large and very expensive stand planer or a portable benchtop planer.
Best Benchtop Planers Compared
There is no doubt about it, you will get a better finish with a stand planer, they just have so much more power. For a lot of people however this is not practical either because of cost or because they don't have space in their workshop. In addition, many contractors need a portable planer they can take to the job site, benchtop planers are ideal for this.
14 x 22 x 19.5 Inches
28 x 19 x 15.8 Inches
24 x 22 x 18.8 Inches
23 x 18 x 15 Inches
24 x 17 x 21 Inches
40.4 x 20 x 17 Inches
Finding the right benchtop planer will require that you know what your needs are. After all a home workshop probably has different demands than a job site. The following planers however are the best five on the market and one of them should meet your needs.
Best Benchtop Planer 2018 Reviews
1. Delta Power Tools 22-590 Portable Planer
This is an excellent bench top planer that is ideal for anybody who needs a planer but is not able to invest in or have the space for a stand planer. It is however not the most practical option if you need one that is actually portable.
2. Makita 2012NB 12-Inch Planer
There is a lot to like about the Makita it has everything that you would expect in a bench top planer. You will of course get a better finish with a larger planer that is not portable but if you need one that you can move around and still get a good quality finish this is definitely one to consider.
One of the best portable bench top planer I ever used. You definitely gonna love it, as I did. Another awesome feature is blades are too easy to change
3. DeWalt DW735X 13" Two-Speed Planer
In terms of the quality of the finish this machine is at the top of the list when it comes to portable planers. It's ideal for home users who don't have room in their shop for a full size planer.
Professionals who need a planer they can use on the job site may want to look at other options, as I don't recommend this to professionals.
4. Steel City Tool Works 40300H 13-Inch Bench Top Portable Planer
This planer is at the low end of the price range for portable planers however it does provide good value for the money. It is best suited for the home user as the professional may find its lightweight design to be a bit of an issue. That being said if you need a planer that is truly portable to take to the job site this one does meet that requirement.
5. DEWALT DW734 Benchtop Planer
This is a high quality machine that is well suited for the home workshop or for a contractor that needs a planer on the job site. We are not however sold on the disposable blades which are a good idea in theory but in practice dull far too quickly and are fairly expensive to replace.
6. Jet JJP-10BTOS 10-Inch Bench-Top Jointer/Planer
In truth this is a rather mediocre planer, its saving grace and the thing that gets it included on our list is that it can function as both a jointer and a planer. It does an adequate job of both but there are far better options for both planers and jointers if you need a quality one.
If on the other hand you have a limited budget and limited space and you have a need to be able to do both the Jet jointer/planer may be a good option. The main problem with this planer is that it is underpowered, you have to make really light cuts on each pass.
The result is that it takes longer to get the job done than better quality tools would require. That being said it does do a pretty good job of planning a piece of wood. I had no trouble getting the pieces that I put through it smooth and square.
I can really only recommend the Jet Jointer/Planer for people who really need to be able to do both but can't afford a better option, it will get the job done but you will likely wish that you had a more powerful tool if you use it a lot.