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Hi

I'm planning to get a thickness planer for my projects. I'm a hobbyist and will be using it only a couple of times a year hence i don't want to invest a lot or upgrade to 20 Amp circuit breaker. I'm considering Wen, Bauer and Rigid. Wen and Bauer are less than $300 and I can find a used Rigid in the same price range.

Based on the head-to-head test by toolboxbuzz, the only planers that stay within 15 AMP limit are Triton TP125 and Porter Cable. However, both of them are in $400 range and a little more than what I'd like to spend.

I'm looking for some reviews on Wen and Bauer if you're running it on 15A circuit breaker. Or if you're able to run any planer on 15A Circuit to plane hardword, please recommend.

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Well, 15 amps means 14 gauge wire. You might get away with running a planer on that small of a wire but extended use is likely to burn it up. It might be cheaper in the long run to run a 12 gauge wire on a 20 amp breaker.

To save money you might check ebay or craigslist for a used planer.
 

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Yes, you ned a better supply line ...20 AMPs

You won't find many planers that run on 15 AMPs, and if you do they will be underpowered. You may save money in the sort term, but if you burn out the motor you are now further behind. It's just a fact of woodworking, the minimum breaker needs to be 20 AMPs.



A handpowered planer will be fine on a 15 AMP circuit, but they are difficult to master, AND will not make the wood a uniform thickness.
For very occasional times in your case, find a source to get the wood thickness planed like a school shop, a cabinet maker shop, a friend who does woodworking, try Craig's List or Facebook Market place to find a source.
 

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Yea, save your money for a better planer. Don't buy the cheap ones, or find a good deal on a better planer used. I wasted money on several cheap planers. Then I bought a DeWalt 735. For what I do it is a great planer, but my needs are small. If you will be planing a lot, especially rough sawn hard woods, you should be looking for a larger planer with a 2 or 3 hp induction type motor. You will thank me later.

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