WEN 6534 2-Way Dust Ports Automatic Kickstand Planer, 8-Inch

Last updated: December 16, 2022

When it comes to handheld planers, this WEN planer is a top choice. It has a powerful 8-amp motor and a handy two-way dust port. You'll also find this model comes with a host of extras, such as two fully reversible HSS planer blades, two V-shaped chamfer grooves, a parallel fence bracket and an automatic kickstand.

We looked at the top WEN Planers and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best WEN Planer you should buy.

Product Details

Key Takeaway: Thanks to this WEN planer's two-way dust port, users will be able to select whether they want the shavings to shoot out the left or the right port.

In our analysis of 21 expert reviews, the WEN 2-Way Dust Ports Automatic Kickstand Planer, 8-Inch placed 4th when we looked at the top 6 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Powerful 8-amp motor provides up to 32,000 cuts per minute. Spacious 4-3/8-Inch cutting capacity perfect for planing 2x4s and 4x4s

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

This is a budget-friendly heavy-duty hand planer suitable for both commercial and light home projects. It has tremendous motor power at 8-Amps and 15,000RPM suitable for handling very rough pieces of lumber. It has a durable aluminum cast base
Perfect for the infrequent user who wants to do the occasional job.
This thing is pretty big and powerful for a hand planer, with an 8 amp motor and 4 and 3/8 inch cutting path, but its real claim to fame (like the other Wen products here) is how many different levels it has for its cutting depth, adjusting in 1/128 inch increments all the way down to 1/8 inch cuts.
It packs a strong motor and has a variety of features that will make woodworking much easier. With its chamfer grooves and 16 depth adjustment settings, it is equipped to deal with a variety of situations.

What reviewers didn't like

It is heavy, weighs 12lbs. It needs lots of extension cables when working outdoors.
Concerns were raised about the depth scale being inaccurate. Dust bag fills up very quickly.
The only big downside is its weight: at 11.5 lbs it’s a heavy duty hand planer.
One of its major downsides is the overall build quality
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