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Planer vs. Sander: Which One is Right for You?

Planer vs. Sander: Which One is Right for You? jason brown wood floors

If your project involves removing layers of wood, here are some tips for deciding whether to use a sander or a planer.

Have you ever been working on a project without the proper tool, so you use another tool as a substitute? We have done this at least once, for instance, using a screwdriver instead of a chisel or using pliers when the project requires a wrench. When working with wood, the correct tool for the job is critical. While using a substitute might be convenient, it can make the job more difficult, time-consuming, and even unsafe in the long run. If your project involves removing layers of wood, here are some tips for deciding whether to use a sander or a planer.


A wood planer can be used on all types of wood, like softwood, and hardwood. There are different kinds of planers for more specific needs, but all wood planers can be used with various wood types. Planers are very efficient at removing thickness from a piece of wood. They can remove up to a quarter-inch per pass, making them quick at thinning boards and less time-consuming to use. With a planer, you can smooth rough lumber, clean up rough edges and restore old wood. 

Planers are used in many common projects, including cutting boards, carvings, custom spindles, and other craft items.  The Festool Planer HL 850 E-F-Plus is a top choice among woodworkers due to its smooth cutting capabilities and versatility.


While sanders are also good at removing thickness, they are more commonly used as finishing tools. Utilizing a sander to remove layers of wood can be expensive and time-consuming. Compared to planers, sanders are much slower, removing tiny amounts of wood with each pass. This results in multiple passes, which can cause heat buildup, resulting in burnt sandpaper, blown outlets, and damaged wood.

Sanders are better used for removing imperfections quickly and smoothly. The larger surface area also makes the tool easier to handle, thus saving time and money. Festool has an impressive line of orbital and linear sanders. Check out our showroom today for the latest Festool products!

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