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What is a Planer

The planer is one of the oldest tools of carpenters and joiners For over 3,000 years used humanity planing to process wood material. Already in ancient Rome people did not want to do without smooth surfaces. By planing, a small layer of wood or plastic surfaces can be removed very cleanly and precisely. In the first place, chips are removed, which is why there is a general question of machining. The classic planers are made of main hardwood, mostly from very solid beach wood. Still, carpenters and woodworkers swear by the conventional planers, with which a very precise and careful work is possible. In the planing block, there is a large slit in which the sharp steel hoof is located. The traditional basic principle of a planer is, of course, reflected in electric planers. An electronic planing machine can be useful for hardwoods and larger surfaces if the manual planing of the classic planer becomes too long-lasting. Also, electric planers ensure a faster and more thorough chip removal on the surface.

Safety equipment

For optimum comfort and safety, we advise you to equip yourself:

    • Protective gloves
    • Of a dust mask
    • Protective eyewear
    • And a noise-canceling headphones

Please pay attention to the use of an electric battery

Also, apart from the usual safety precautions, there are some points that you should take into consideration when working with an electric planer. They are not just for your safety, but guarantee a clear result:

  • The first start then switches on – Switch on the planing machine only when you have already placed it on the workpiece. The cutting blades penetrate the wood cleanly and evenly. Turn on the electric planer first; the first cuts could penetrate the wood at an oblique angle and provoke ugly flaws.
  • Proceed step by step – you can adjust the planing depth for each wood planer. However, you should only wear a small amount of material at a time and perform several passes. The result is much cleaner in this way. This point applies to you in principle if you are still quite inexperienced in dealing with electric planes.
  • Do not press the planer – pressure is automatically applied when using the electric machine. If the electric planer is additionally pressed firmly on the workpiece, the speed of the planer shaft is reduced, which results in the effect.
  • Adjust the depth adjustment – If you are working with very hard wood, or if you notice that the speed is reduced, you should change the planing depth and reduce it considerably.
  • Check the blade sharpness – before use, check the sharpness of the planer blades. On most electric planers, you can only turn the knives in front of the final exchange.
  • Never work with dull knives – Forget the exchange, you will never get a clean result. Blunt knives damage the wood fibers and increase your risk of injury.
  • Empty the dust bag – Regularly check that the dust bag of the electrical fabric is already filled. Some electric planers can be connected to individual suction devices so that the dust bag is no longer needed.

Keep these points in mind, and you will enjoy working with your electric planer. However, we will give you a tip: Do not start with an elaborate work. First, practice your electric planer. Test how a fold can be done easily or with which pressure you have to guide the planer over workpieces.

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