"Bought this to plane some sticky doors in the house. At a previous house this took all day with a hand planer. This is easy to use, neat and really fast. Bought it for DIY use and it works brilliantly and is great value. Have no qualms about buying Screwfix's own brand because they are excellent."
"I've used plenty of electric planers over the years, and until now the only one I thought was really good was a £220+ Makita.
But, this little beauty is amazing for the price. I bought it to plane 14mm off each side of a hardwood door (yes, I know, but the customer bought the wrong door and just wanted it hung regardless) and it handled the job admirably. Easy to handle and gives a smooth finish.
The only real negatives are the small bag and, I'll be honest, at it's maximum 3mm cut, hardwood does give it slightly too much to do, but at 2mm or less it's excellent.
Reliabilty? Who knows, not me, yet. Although I'd be happy with a couple of years for this sort of money."
"Absolutely delighted with this superb tool. Has features you would expect to pay twice as much for. Precise cutter (carbide) adjustment combined with fully machined base plate results smooth operation and smooth finish. Moderate noise level. Only con - chip collector so small so as to be a joke. Almost glad the old B&D packed up!"
"Got one of these, bought it entirely on review reccomentdations and I`m very pleased with it. It is a substantial unit, robust and the cutting blade is infinitely adjustable. Lets face it, most of us just want to take half an inch off the bottom of a door or garden gate, well this is the tool for you. And for the price? Why pay £100 or £200 ? The saw dust collection bag is rather small but this tool really gets through some cutting. Emptying it gives you a break anyway. In short, buy it!"
"Based on my initial use this appears to be an extremely good value for money planer. It does what is required with very simple adjustment although I have not yet used it with the parallel or depth guides so cannot comment on that aspect . The only niggle is that the dust bag is small and seems to fill up very quickly even when making very light cuts but as long as you empty it frequently its not a problem. I can't comment on reliability as only used it for a short period so far but its a very simple device and comes complete with a spare drive belt."
"Fantastic piece of kit, set the blades before use. I planed 8 doors down - just taking .5mm cuts no problens and a great finish. The only down side is the size of the bag - if you need to use it. I made a larger one out of an old tee shirt which works great."
"I'm an electrician and only ever really buy Makita gear. However, I was replacing all the doors in my house, needed something to quickly shave the new ones down and wasn't prepared to pay Makita money for a tool which probably won't get used again for ages.
Performs very well for the task I needed it for, good long lead, no problems with the knob so far (like the first reviewer mentioned) so overall very happy.
Can't really comment on reliability for the moment as I haven't had it long enough, but seems sturdy enough and Screwfix have an excellent returns policy, hence why I took the chance on it."
"I have only had this planner for two weeks and already I have used it to plane over 18 doors in our rental property. It is quick and easy to use and has all the adjustments that you normally may need. I would rate it very highly for the DIY'er and very good tor the professional. At his cost you can't beat it. For me it has already paid for itself and then some."
"Easy to use and does the job required. Vacuum bag really does collect the shavings and dust unlike some other small tool dust bags. However, the bag is rather small and therefore frequent empting is needed. The ability to have the bag on either side is useful."
"This planer does what it says on the tin: no frills but solid and accurate enough for DIY use. No doubt it wouldn't stand up to the day-in day-out profrssional treatment but it's fine for the odd job.
You could go for a more pretigious brand name and end paying double or treble what you might pay for this one, but you'd only get one built to a similar standard from the next factory along the road in China.
"I needed to repair some windows and fit some new doors and after reading the reviews, went for this planner as I cannot see me using it much afterwards. I found that the safety button is very difficult to use and release if you are left handed. Also there is a tendancy to adjust the cutting depth without realising it as this is also the front grip to guide the planner. These are niggles but overall it is good value. Being able to switch the dust bag to either side works well and is useful."
"Got this to fit a few doors, and some general planing of bits of wood. I had to spend a little time adjusting the blade heights and making sure the base plates etc. were properly lined up, but once setup properly it does a good job."