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Your Guide to Buying a Planer Thicknesser

August 11, 2018 2 min read

Woodworking is more fun and productive if you use the right tools. A good thicknesser, for instance, can help you trim board quickly and achieve even thickness throughout the length of your workpiece. It will also make your wood seamlessly flat on both surfaces.

When shopping for a planer thicknesser there are multiple factors to consider.

Power Requirements

Check the motor size. If you have a 240v power supply, you’ll have to choose a motor that will work efficiently using the same voltage. For faster speeds, nonetheless, you’ll want to use more voltage and a large motor. Most planer thicknessers with big motors have automatic starters that help reduce start-up loads.


Thicknessers come in various widths, ranging from 260mm and 620mm wide. The majority of these machines have working depths of 100, 230, or 300mm. Old versions of planer thicknessers are available in 10, 12, 16, 18, and 24 inches.

Your Production Capacity

It’s almost impossible to use a planer and thicknesser at the same time when using a combination planer thicknesser. This machine, therefore, is suitable for lower production situations where you have enough time to use each function separately.

If you have high production needs, you may want to buy an independent thicknesser. This type comes with a long table that allows the woodworker to have an easier time straightening timber. To make your machine more productive, you may want to purchase feed rollers to use with your thicknesser.

The Thicknessing Sides

Both independent and combine planer thicknessers have various thicknessing side functions. These additional features can help feed the timber better, speed up the machine as well as increase its accuracy.

Some thicknessers, for example, have programmable rise and fall and LED readouts. You can use these features to quickly position workpieces of different sizes. You won’t have to manual set sizes using a pointer and rule.


This is an important feature to consider because it helps make the sides of workpieces perpendicular. It would be advisable to go for a planer thicknesser with a fence that tilts so that you can bevel the edges of wood easily.

What’s the use of a Planer Thicknesser?

This machine is used to straighten out cupping, twisting, and bowing on timber.

To use it, you’ll have to place two pieces of wood over the jointer piece, with a right angle between the wood stocks. The planer thicknesser will level off the sides of the workpieces to create a rectangular cross-sectional profile.

Get in touch with us if you need further information or advice on the planer thicknessers available in the market.