Walkthrough on Planer Thicknesser

A Planer Thicknesser is a machine tool used primarily in workshops and household inventories to cut wood or re-shape and re-size a given piece of timber into a required or the desired size. These thicknessers can be used in massive mechanical shops or can even be added to the collection of the home inventory collection.

Typically, a planer thicknesser comprises of three different parts:

  • Drum cutting blades
  • Feed-in and feed out rollers
  • Adjustable table levels to hold the timber or the wood in place, significant for accurate trimming.

Sometimes, DIY planer thicknessers are also the small models that have a table or a platform that is generally fixed to a constant drum or a blade with an adjustable machine part. This creates a level of thickness, which otherwise had to be operated by the machines.

Planer Thicknesser

Drum Cutting blade

A drum cutting blade is a metal cylinder (some thicknessers comprise of two cylinders) that rotate at speeds directed by the user to cut plane wood. These types of cutting blades are also used in power planes and power mills.

Feed-in and out rollers

These are used to change the thickness of long sections of timber. The rollers support the placement of the wood or the wood on the planer and also during its departure to make sure the process runs smooth and safe.

Planer and a thicknesser use the following:

  • Smoothening: One of the main advantages and uses of using a planer thicknesser is the ability to smoothen a wooden surface, without putting in extensive labour.
  • Levelling:Planers are frequently used in households and workshops to get rid of the extra wooden chaps or particles from the sides of doors, worktops etc. Thicknessers are also used to level the floors, jots and even the supporting beams of the device
  • Chamfering:This is referred to as the process that involves removal of sharp edges from a wooden piece or a material, generally performed by a planer and thicknesser together.

Ensuring safety while using planer thicknessers

  • Ensure that the device is switched off or rather unplugged before using it
  • Do not skim through the manual, but rather pay attention to the minute details mentioned in them to guarantee utmost safety.
  • Always wear protective gears and tight clothing to prevent any damage to clothes.
  • Keep loose clothing or any kind of cloth materials at bay

Key considerations before buying planer thicknesser

  • The planer width is of utmost importance to get the right finish on the wood. Consider a blade with 82mm to 56mm.
  • Planning depth should be around 4mm.
  • Higher wattage planers to generate more power
  • Cordless planer thicknessers provide enhanced maneuverability


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