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Forum topic by bold1 posted 01-02-2015 12:18 AM 1200 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-02-2015 12:18 AM

I’m thinking about buying a power hand plane. I’d like to hear from those of you that have one. Likes, dislikes, brands, what you’ve used them on, etc. I’ll consider new or used, so don’t worry if yours is no longer being made. What brought this on was my having to flatten a 30”x50” red oak panel today in my shop. I found that since my shoulder surgery I had quite a time of it working a 1/8” crown out with my hand plane.

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#1 posted 01-02-2015 12:31 AM

I’ve had a Dewalt for 30 years or so. It does what its suppose to, but its by far not the best tool for flattening panels. It leaves terrible marks that need planning out anyhow.

If hand planes are out of the question, think about a router with a jig. There are lots of examples on LJ’s.

That’s my advice.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#2 posted 01-02-2015 12:34 AM

At my job, we have this. It performs well.


After reading Don’s post I agree. My job is rough carpentry, and use this planer on 2 by material. I’d imagine any power planer would have similar results as Don describes in his post

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#3 posted 01-02-2015 12:37 AM

At my job, we have this. It performs well.

- kdc68

Link must be bad. All I get is a one pixel gif image.

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#4 posted 01-02-2015 12:40 AM

Link works just fine for me.

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#5 posted 01-02-2015 12:43 AM

At my job, we have this. It performs well.

- kdc68

Link must be bad. All I get is a one pixel gif image.

- Crank50

Try this one

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#6 posted 01-02-2015 12:47 AM

Power planes are not for finish work but for roughing
I have this one and it works well and it is quite bit cheaper at Lowes than on Amazon

-- Bert

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#7 posted 01-02-2015 01:12 AM

Mine is best used for planing door edges to fit. My attempts at flattening panels was not good!

However, it is very useful for planing a ‘flat’ on a log so you can run it through the bandsaw.

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#8 posted 01-02-2015 01:25 AM

I have a Makita that’s over 20 years old. Dont use it very often, but it’s never failed me when I needed it.

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#9 posted 01-02-2015 03:08 AM

Having never used one this is what I needed to know. Are there any that will work for finishing? Trueing large panels are about the only time I use my hand plane anymore. Edges I use my router or jointer and smaller panels go thru the planer. The router jig would work but be slow for a large panel. Somewhere I have a planing head for my radial arm saw. I could take the fence off and do 1 half at a time, but then I’d have to reset the fence.

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#10 posted 01-02-2015 08:02 AM

I have yet to find a power planer that worked for finishing. I don’t think one exists just because just like a regular handplane the corner of the blade can dig into the material, but instead of taking off a few thousands and electrical handplane will take off a lot more, leaving ridges all the way around. (My experience anyhow)

I would say that a router jig is quite fast and a better option, I have used it many times for large slabs of this size.

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#11 posted 01-02-2015 01:29 PM

I’ve never really used one, but the open ended sanders with course paper may be an option.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#12 posted 01-02-2015 01:57 PM

Are there any that will work for finishing?
- bold1

Short answer…No.

I’ve used Makita’s for the last 25 years. Have multiple 3” and 4” models in the shop, and one 6”. All work great for edge work, but still don’t produce an surface that’s finish ready.
For face work on a large panel, they would be suitable for ‘bulking out’ the material, but that’s it. The ends of the blades will gouge no matter how careful you are.

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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#13 posted 01-02-2015 02:04 PM

Ive owned a couple small Makitas, they both died : (

I own a big Makita, its got thousands of hours on it, and quite handy for a multitude of applications.

I bought the Festool and I like for a few reasons, .... its dust free when attached to vacum, the knives are easy breezy to change and it comes with shaper knives, enabling to mimic the look of hand hewn wood, which at times, is quite nice

As a rule, I reach for the Makita

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#14 posted 01-02-2015 02:08 PM

I have a Makita N1900B that has proven to be pretty reliable. Lightweight and powerful enough (with sharp blades). I’ve used mine for everything from trimming down doors, to long edges to flattening large panels. The finish is good if you go slowly, but on a large panel, hand planing and sanding are usually required after the initial power planing.

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#15 posted 01-03-2015 12:53 AM

What everyone else has said. They aren’t for fine or finish work. I’ve use mine only occasionally when a circular saw can’t get the job done.

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