The Best Benchtop Planer Reviews

Best Benchtop Planer

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.

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.

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.

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.​

Delta Power Tools 22-590 Portable Planer Review
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  • Three blades provide a finish that is much smoother than you would get from a two blade planer.
  • Cutter head jack is easy to adjust.
  • Durable and well built, a very reliable planner.


  • Although advertised as portable it is not exactly easy to move around, it can be done but it will take at least two people.

Video: 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.

Makita 2012NB 12-Inch Planer Review
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  • Provides an excellent finish.
  • Blades are easy to change.
  • Motor is smooth and has ample power for a portable planer, it also runs very quietly.
  • Like all Makita tools it is well put together and of excellent quality.
  • Easy to move around so it actually is portable.


  • Only two blades so the finish is not as smooth as you would get from a three blade planer

Video: 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.

DeWalt DW735X 13" Two-Speed Planer Review
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  • Three knife cutter head provides smooth finish.
  • One of the few portable planers that we have seen that comes with replacement blades included.
  • Two speed gearbox allows you to adjust the feed speed depending on the type of work you are doing and the quality of the finish that you need.
  • Ample power in the motor.


  • Not portable, at over a hundred pounds this is not a planer you will be moving around the job site.
  • Not the heaviest duty design, probably adequate for most home users but may not be up to the demands of a professional contractor.

Video: 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.

Steel City Tool Works 40300H 13-Inch Bench Top Portable Planer Review
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  • Uses 26 helical blades rather than one solid blade which means only a one of the blades gets damaged if you run a nail through it, greatly reducing the cost of replacing blades.
  • Snipe is minimal.
  • The motor has good power and boards feed through very quickly.
  • Lightweight making it truly portable.


  • The 26 blades do leave lines where they meet that need to be sanded off.
  • Lightweight construction means durability could be an issue.

Video: 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.

DEWALT DW734 Benchtop Planer Review

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  • Three cutter knifes provide an excellent finish.
  • The cutter knives are reversible and disposable, rather than resharpening them when they get dull you simply reverse them then dispose of them when that side gets dull.
  • Extra long in feed and out feed tables makes handling long materials easy.
  • A powerful smooth running motor.


  • The disposable blades dull really quickly.
  • Very loud.

Video: 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.

Jet JJP-10BTOS 10-Inch Bench-Top Jointer/Planer Review
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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.

Video: Jet JJP-10BTOS 10-Inch Bench-Top Jointer/Planer Review

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.

Morton Turner

Morton Turner is the Editor of Who is a orbital sander enthusiast and love to share what he know about this field. In personal life he is a father of two cute kids and loving husband of a beautiful wife. He love foods and nothing is more important than reading book in his spare time.

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