One Heckuva Tool, July 28, 2002
Reviewer: A home improvement enthusiast
Bought this planer the other day to do some doors. It was
all I expected and more. Very strong motor - never even
appeared to bog down. Good balance. Depth control is very
easy to use and accurate. I actually own a Dewalt and a
Makita. I bought the Bosch for the features (i.e. the
fully adjustable fence, the adjustable chip deflector that
actually comes with a WORKABLE shop vac adapter - THAT is
great!) and the reputation. I have not been disapointed.
The Bosch is the best of the three. Until I got the Bosch
I was pretty well satisfied with the Makita with the
Dewalt pulling up the rear, but the Bosch is the best of
the three by far. Strongest motor, Woodrazor carbide
blades, shop vac adapter, and that great fence. You will
use the fence. It can be set at 90 degrees or any other
angle you want - and there is an adjustagble rabbeting
stop that basically lets you take it about as deep and
wide as you want. By the way, USE a shop vac with this. It
will fill up your shop with shavings in a heartbeat - but
with a vac hooked up, not a one hit the floor. Overall,
this is a super tool at a very reasonable price. Oh yeah,
it's also relative quiet. This one's a keeper.
Great power, great performance, July 7, 2003
Reviewer: Jason Ledyard "jdl75"
I purchased this tool to square up some finishes on the
deck I'm building (I'm picky). The PT lumber is among the
most dense I've used - 16d nails are buckling in this
Once the decking dried, I took this powerhouse to the
mismatched edges that cropped up. NO PROBLEM! It was like
a hot knife slicing butter! The extras included in the kit
make this machine a top value! The depth adjustment is
easy and very accurate, and the dust chute's ability to
change discharge sides is a very nice feature when you
decent enough tool for the professional,
February 2, 2006
the planer is very light in weight, which has pros and
cons. i agree with one reviewer about the fence
i will own up to my own mistake, i over looked the shoe
size (I guess it does matter). going mainly by the pic,
and skimming some details i failed to note that the plate
is ONLY s little over 11" long. short is the plate is not
good in getting a nice level cut over a distance. my
friend had hand planer with a 24" plate, now that is what
i had in my mind and assumed...assumptions get me into
problems way too often.
i do wish the fence were more substantial, that there was
dust collector other than the small easily cloggeg bag,
and that the shoe-plate-sole-whatever was longer at least
18" would seem to me to be perfect.
Nice planer, October 1, 2005
Reviewer: K. Marsh
This planer is excellent, as the other reviews have
stated. However it no longer comes with the "VAC002"
attachement that the first Spotlight reviews mentions as
"actually comes with a WORKABLE shop vac adapter - THAT is
great!" Yes, that would be great. I got the tool and
needed it immediately, without the shopvac adapter, the
entire room was quickly covered in wood shavings. The
included bag is OK for mild cuts, for aggressive cuts the
longer, thicker shavings quickly clog the port.
nice planer., September 25, 2005
Reviewer: Bryan Belcheer
Nice planer, I wish the guide was better quality and I
wish I could leave the guide on the planer when I put it
in the case.
Great planer, cheesy fence, September 7, 2005
Reviewer: Bruce W. Thompson, Inc. "Brucet999"
I bought this planer several months ago, largely on the
strength of Bosch's reputation and my satisfaction with
the 4410 sliding compound miter saw. The planer works like
a dream, the plastic carrying case is well made and the
chip collector bag keeps your work area clean, but Bosch
should be ashamed to sell that cheesy stamped steel fence
with such a fine tool.
It is impossible to adjust the fence accurately because it
torques, allowing the two locking knobs to be tightened at
different settings. No matter, the markings are inaccurate
and hard to read anyway, and the mere act of tightening
the knobs causes their settings to change. It is supposed
to adjust from 135 to 90 degrees, but mine reaches only
about 92 degrees at the stops, making it worthless for
making a square cut.
Buy the planer if you will, but don't bother trying to use