1. The main features of an electric plane
Here is some general information about the characteristics of a conventional electric plane. First of all, you should know that the electric plane will weigh a maximum of 4 kg , which is a fairly light device that will be easily manipulated. Also, the type of engine that is equipped with the electric plane is an electric motor that will have an average power between 6 and 900 watts. I have not in any case for the moment tested model that exceeds 900 W, but if the opportunity arises I would be happy to be able to do so. Regarding the speed of the irons, that is to say blades on the electric plane, they turn at a speed between 11 000 and 20 000 revolutions per minute, which remains a rather interesting speed of execution. As forthe planing depth , you can find planing up to 3.5 mm , knowing that the smallest planing size will be around 0.5 m. The width of the soleplate that equips the electric plane is generally 82 or 270 mm.
2. The price
The problem of the price to spend to buy an electric plane will obviously depend on your budget. Overall, I advise against the use of an electric plane with a price less than 60 €, because often these devices do not last after a few months of use. Also, it obviously depends on the propensity with which you will use your electric plane. The more you will be a user who will tend to use the electric plane regularly, the more you will need a material that tends towards a professional use. For this category of people, a device around 80 to 150 € seems reasonable. For beginners and those who do not have much money and who would have occasional use of the electric plane, I invite them to see any way a budget between 50 and 80 euros history to be able to equip with an electric plane quality that does not remain in your hands after several uses. I speak to you knowingly, because I wanted to test several ranges of an electric plane to make a global opinion on the question.
3. The planing depth
Planing Depth will refer to the ability of the Planer to plan with specific units. Overall, most electric planes allow a depth that ranges from 0.2 mm to 2 mm. However, check the scale that is proposed by the electric plane but also how to adjust it. Most of the time, the electric plane has a wheel that can be adjusted to allow the use as fine as possible, sometimes that allows a micrometric adjustment.
4. The weight of the device
The weight of the device is an important criterion when choosing an electric plane. Indeed, when used, you must have the object firmly in the hands and planing is done with the greatest flexibility and simplicity possible. Also, opt for a fairly lightweight model will allow you an optimal grip is, therefore, a job more accurate and neat. Most of the time, the electric planers weight 3 kg, knowing that if you find below, it is always better but be careful that this lightness does not affect other parameters.
5. Chip recovery
The recovery of chips is an important criterion if you not only want to work clean but also do not have to interrupt during the use of your electric plane. Also, it is essential to check that the electric plane is equipped with a canvas bag that can be ideally reusable to recover the chips. If possible, the fact that it can allow connecting a vacuum cleaner workshop can be a great time saver to use his electric plane without putting all over.
6. The length of the power cable
The length of the power cable is one of the criteria we think least and yet once we have the electric plane in hand is fundamental. Indeed, there is nothing more annoying than having to take regular breaks because the electric wire of your electric plane is not adapted or is too short. Also, I recommend you to check this aspect before you start the purchase of an electric plane, so as not to be caught off guard and to do a clean job with the as little stop as possible.
7. The "next to" indispensable
Among the tips that I could give you according to my own consumer experience with electric planes is to pay attention to what comes with the electric plane you are going to buy. Indeed, there are some accessories that I will consider essential and must imperatively be in the package provided with your electric plane regardless of the brand or price you intend to pay to acquire it.
For example, the lateral guide is to me essential for optimal use of the electric plane. If possible, the presence of a 90 ° guide would be a plus just like a chamfered groove. If you have the possibility to be equipped with 2, then know that it is always positive even if a groove can be sufficient.
8. Practical accessories
The range of practical accessories that can be delivered with the electric plane, there is, for example, the presence of dust bags but also a vacuum outlet that can make your life easier for cleaning, following the use of your electric plane.
Me first, I must admit that I do a real job when I use my electric plane, that's why I always opted for models that are equipped with at least a dust bag. I was recently taken aback and surprised by the fact that some models of electric planer offer a working support to be able to use the electric plane on a fixed support.
This is obviously really interesting since you can enjoy a support that is fully adapted to the model of electric planes to buy, which can greatly facilitate the use of the device. The presence of a transport case also accessory turns out to be an accessory that can be very interesting to improve the life of your plane. Indeed, if you tend or need to carry your planer, it is better to do it with a transport bag that will allow you to limit accidents such as falls. Also, this can be a way to limit the access of your electric plane to the children and more generally to improve the life of this one.
9. And the planer jointer then?
The hand planer jointer is a combined device that offers the characteristics of an electric planer but also a device that will have the function of disassembling the wood. This is therefore very practical since you have a complete set to work the wood from all angles. You can consult our various guides in our menu on this type of planers very interesting for people with significant needs regarding work around the wood.
10. Tips for use
You should know that when you start with a new tool, it is important to respect certain rules for its safety but also that of others, obviously to achieve a clean and flawless work. It is for this reason that we have set up a file dedicated to the use of the electric plane to help you in this respect.
It must be known that the electric plane must be held firmly. Know that if you want to plan wood, the electric plane is a device recommended to do but again, you need to gain some experience to embark on this type of approach. Do not hesitate to train as much as possible to master the device as it should to save time but also in pragmatism.