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BOSCH Planer – A Better Mousetrap?

I like Jim Stevens. He’s a nice guy and genuinely loves what he does for a living. As a designer of fine woodworking tools for Bosch, he puts his heart and soul into everything he creates or helps create. He understands the tools and he understands how they’re going to be used in the field. That’s most certainly the case with the new Bosch PL1632 Wood Planer. It has some thoughtful new features that will improve the way you and I use the tool in the real world.

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The Bosch PL1632 3-1/4″ planer has some nice innovations that should make working with it a pleasure.

The other thing I really like about Jim is the fact that he can explain the tool in a way that you not only understand, but appreciate. Take a look and listen to our conversation with him at this year’s World of Concrete, as Jim explains the features and benefits of the PL1632.

PL1632 Planer @ World of Concrete

 

 

The Plane(r) Facts

Two different models are available. Both are 6.5 amp tools that run at 16,500 rpm. Think of the PL1632 as the base model sports car, with the ability to upgrade the blade. The PL2632 meanwhile, comes with all the bells and whistles they could install. Both have a 3-1/4″ capacity.

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The planers feature the first-ever combination of safety lock OFF button and a lock ON button. This allows you to use the tool without holding down the trigger.

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The longer, wider ‘dual-mount’ fence system on the planer gives you more control, especially in awkward situations like door-end planing.

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According to Bosch, the Dual-Mount fence allows you to more easily control the planer in situations like this.

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Bosch has included a plastic overshoe on the fence to help keep the tool from marring painted surfaces.

The PL1632 uses a single blade drum

The PL1632 uses a single blade drum with Bosch’s Wood Razor micrograin carbide blade. It’s extra-sharp compared to regular carbide steel, according to Bosch.

I like the addition of the plastic overshoe on the fence. Much like the overshoes on their jig saws, this should keep you from scratching up already-finished surfaces on doors and the like.

But Bosch didn’t stop there. As Jim puts it, there are some other “minor” improvements over previous models – lagniappe, as they say.

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Large inscribed metric and imperial scales on the adjustment dial make it easy to set the planer’s depth.

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The cord swivel should let you keep the power cord from becoming a nuisance.

The PL2632 will give you all that a little sumpin-sumpin extra…

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The PL2632 features a 2-blade drum. This gives you the ability to convert to high-speed steels blades.

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Where do you like your chips to fly? With the PL2632, you can choose either side.

Our bottom line – I can’t wait to get one and put it to work, right next to my favorite jig saw!

 

For more information on from BOSCH:

PL1632: CLICK HERE

PL2632K: CLICK HERE

Check price/availability on Amazon:

PL1632: CLICK HERE

PL2632K: CLICK HERE

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Brad Staggs

Contributing Writer/Producer at Tool Skool
Brad has worked in and around the home improvement and tool industry most of his life. He was host of Talk2DIY Home Improvement, Co-produced DIY Tools & Techniques and is the author of Spend a Little, Save a Lot Home Improvement.