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Snipe is the extra amount of wood that is taken off by the planer blades when you insert the wood into the machine and when you take it out.  The blades cause almost a cup or slight gouge in the wood. When consumer planers were first introduced not too many years ago, snipe was an accepted part of planning wood.  You almost had to make your board longer than needed and cut off the parts that were affected by snipe. Today’s machines have stronger motors with longer feed tables and sharper blades.   Yes there is a learning curve with all planers and I would certainly suggest that you plan on practicing a bit before you try and plane your expensive wood, but just rest assured, the snipe issues you have heard about have been eliminated.

We cover horse power and motor specifics in each review but most of the planers here have motors in that will be similar.  Most planers measure RPM’s of the motor which is a measure of torque and then cutting RPS which should help you determine how clean of a cut you’ll get. Most of the blades on these planers are also easily removable and disposable after lots and lots of board feet of cutting.  Think several football fields of cutting before you need new blades. The planer has become one of my favorite tools and has allowed me to expand my woodworking tremendously.  Once you get your thickness planer, yours will, too!

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