If you’re reading this review right now, you’re probably at a point in a job where you are required to use a planar and you want nothing but the best planer available on a budget. Looking for a power tool like a planer on a budget is perfectly understandable, because no one wants to spend thousands of dollars on a planer.
You may be needing a planer because of your hobby or because you’re a part-time of full-time contractor. Out of all the planers on the market, we honestly believe the WEN 6550 12.5-inch 15A benchtop thickness planer would be the best product for you.
Starting out, some would claim that this planer is an entry-level benchtop planer. However, we don’t think there’s any such thing as an entry-level planer. Some of them just have more bells and whistles on them and that’s really the only difference. As far as entry-level goes, this one can do the same thing as any other benchtop planer can do.
There’s a 2-year warranty on this planer. 2-years is better than what some of the other companies offer on their planers, so this is a major bonus in our book.
It’s 12 and a half inch – this means that it can cut up to a 12 and a half inch wide board and up to a 6 inch thick board.
It weighs around 80 pounds and it has a cast iron base, so you can count on this thing being quite heavy, which is a good thing for a planer.
Looking at the product, you’ll see that there’s mounting holes around the unit. Some people choose not to use these mounting holes because they feel this is a solid planar and they may role it around on a cart.
The blades on the planer are very shop and that’s why they do such a great job. There’s a 12-amp motor that is responsible for powering those sharp blades. It has said that it is able to perform over 16,000 cuts per minute …that’s a big deal if you ask us.
26-feet Per Minute
We have never been in a race, but according to the manufacturer, this is capable of feeding 26 feet per minute.
Basic Feed Tables
This planer has the basic feed tables that you would find on any other planer like this. As long as you adjust them properly, they should work just fine.
Wen 6550, in our opinion, just so happens to be one of the best planers currently on the market. This planer comes with a nice smooth granite table so that it is capable of offering the required support to wood that is being worked within the machine. You can use it to transform uneven and rough wood into a flawlessly smooth surface. It’s pretty hefty and strong with the cast iron base – this base makes it so that it doesn’t wobble while you’re using it. This planer is well worth the money and works just as good as the more expensive models you’ll find.