An electric planer, AKA power planer, is a hand-held woodworking tool used to shape, flatten, reduce the thickness of, and impart a smooth surface to a rough piece of lumber or timber. It is powered by electricity and equipped with blades mounted on a cutter head that spins at 20,000 rpm. Power planers do much the same work as manual planers, but more quickly and efficiently.
Electric planers come in corded and cordless models. Cordless electric planers offer much more convenience and maneuverability but are more expensive and require charging time. Unlike cordless electric planers, corded electric planers can be used without worrying about losing power in the middle of a task. They are also less expensive than cordless electric planers. However, they must have access to an outlet, which can be cumbersome when working on a project.
Just like any other power tool, an electric planer must be properly packed for shipping to avoid getting damaged. Here are tips on how to properly pack and ship an electric planer.
When shipping a cordless planer, it is a good idea to drain the battery. The power cable of a corded planer must be neatly rolled and secured with a twist tie or rubber band. Wrap the entire planer in several layers of bubble wrap. Make sure that all parts, corners, edges and protruding parts are well covered.
Place the wrapped planer in a box with packing materials on all sides, top and bottom. It should be well packed with no chance for the item to shift or move around. Close the box and seal with packaging tape. Address and label the package and bring to the post office or shipping company.