The new Bosch 12V Cordless Planer is the first 12V Max Planer on the market. There is a lot to like about this compact, versatile planer, but we want to know if and when we can use this one instead of our trusted old corded planers.
Bosch 12V Cordless Planer Overview
Bosch continues to add to its 12V Power Tool line-up. This cordless planer is compact (H 4.33” x L 10.04” x W 3.94”) and lightweight (just under 4 lbs. with the battery). And going cordless with your planer means you don’t have to worry about running out of cord on a long planing pass like a door.
Bosch 12V Cordless Planer Features
The brushless motor provides 14,500 RPM (vs. 16,500 for similar corded Bosch planers). The motor’s constant speed circuitry did well to monitor and maintain speed under load; delivering performance consistency.
This is the first 12V Max planer on the market. When utilizing their newest 12V battery technology, you can expect long run times of around 33 ft. of planing per battery Amp hour. The battery fits on the back of the tool and Bosch incorporated a battery status gauge in the tool housing.
You can adjust the depth with the large knob on the front. Using this as a grip point provided good tool control.
Designed with the comfortable, traditional Bosch 12V handle.
Because tool control is so important when using any planer, I really appreciated the single finger trigger operation and the ambidextrous lock-off release button.
There is blade storage for your extra reversible Bosch micrograin carbide blades.
As with most planers, this Bosch features a groove on the bottom of the plate to assist when planing edges to help round them.
The switchable shavings ejection feature can use the provided dust collection bag or hook up to a dust collection system. This gives you more versatility and better efficiency.
Bosch 12V Cordless Planer Performance
This is one of those tools I wish I knew was out a while ago. You wouldn’t think a 12V planer would do much but this is awesome. We built jam extensions for the new windows we put in my house. We couldn’t believe how powerful, easy to use, and precise this tool was.
Take a look at the video below and you hear from Chris directly.
Bosch 12V Cordless Planer Value
You can pick this up on Amazon for $180 as a bare tool. If you are in the trades and working with cabinets, trim or other projects that require a planer, this is a no-brainer, especially if you already own a 12V battery.
Bosch 12V Cordless Planer Wrap Up
The bottom line, this is what you would expect from Bosch. No gimmicks, just a high-quality power tool that makes your job easier. The Planer is powerful and will be an asset to you out in the field. Not having to deal with a cord but still having plenty of run time makes this a must-have.