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12-13-2011 6:40 pm

During the prep work for a new wood floor Idiscover a sharp ridge in the subfloor of one area of my house.About 1//4" of material had to be removed over a large area toflatten the subfloor. The prefect, and probably only, tool for thisjob is a power plane. After doing some research I decided to getthe Bosch PL1682, a powerful and affordable power plane. Let's takea look at how well it performed.

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Hand Planer Guide


Hand planers are powered handplanes. They are used to flatten surfaces and to remove small amounts of material.

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Power planes remove a lot of stock with each pass. Good hand planers have a strong motor that is up to the task.

The width of the plane determines how much material can be removed per pass. For finish carpentry and construction a ~3" wide plane works best.

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"The PL1682 has a good motor It cuts very fast and clean. The knives wear quickly and shatter easily. The dust port clogs without a filter attached."