We’re always unfailingly honest with our product reviews and we’ll say from the get-go that the DeWalt is not perfect but then few things in life are. If you are aware of the limitations of this planer and also take the price tag into account, you can choose to buy fully apprised of its shortcomings rather than potentially wasting your money.
For portability, the DW680K takes some beating. It weighs 12 pounds which might not be featherlight but it’s certainly easy enough to wield and also to carry around the home or jobsite single handed.
Since it’s a small, compact unit, the 7-amp motor kicks out more than enough power for most reasonable planing needs. It maxes out at 15,000RPM.
This planer is expressly designed to reduce the number of passes you’ll need to make. You can shave off 3/32 inch of wood in a single pass meaning you churn through projects without painstakingly going back and forth. Speed alone is useless if the end result is rough and inaccurate. This planer will serve up an incredibly smooth finish on a range of hardwoods meaning it’s a winning combination of pace and performance. This is rare with cheaper power tools so we applaud DeWalt for achieving this.
Depth setting on planers can be a tricky business. If you need to recalibrate to zero with each project, you’ll lose time and becoming frustrated. With a handy knob houses on top of the planer, there’s none of the usual nonsense involved and the settings are pretty accurate.
With planers, the blades are self-evidently of the utmost importance. The DeWalt takes reversible carbide blades which you can also sharpen to get more bang for your buck. These blades will give you an impeccable finish on a range of woods so they are not just cost-savers but highly effective into the bargain.
The lack of a dust collection system is a serious omission. This renders using the planer indoors a messy and unpleasant experience. The exhaust tends to blow chips back rather too close to your face as you work away, another pretty inexcusable design flaw. To salt the wound, it’s designed for right-handed use only so factor this in if you’re a southpaw.
The power cord is also poorly positioned. Again, we’d expect more attention to crucial details like this from a company of DeWalt’s standing.
The other noteworthy downsides are reports from a number of users about difficulty in obtaining consistent planing results. This is at variance to claims of the manufacturer but it’s something we feel duty bound to point out.
Although this might seem like a negative review, we endorse this planer since it’s a flexible and capable tool at a highly attractive price point. The advantages outweigh any downsides and it’s well worth popping on your shortlist.