Power Tool Vs Hand Tool – Power Planer and Scrub Plane Which Tools are Better in a Woodworking Shop

Power Tool Vs Hand Tool – Power Planer and Scrub Plane Which Tools are Better in a Woodworking Shop

Does a Power Tool have any place in a Hand tool shop? In this video, I put the Triton TPL 180 up alongside a traditional scrub plane to see which will work better and if there is any place fro a power tool in a hand tool shop. this Power planer is a beast at 7″ wide it is bigger than most joiners but can be handheld and run like a traditional hand plane with the work secured to the bench. So let’s look at how to use a hand plane vs a Triton power plane.

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50 Comments

  1. Kimmons Hand Tools on December 21, 2022 at 1:13 am

    That’s a massive planer! Yeah I don’t have many power tools for woodworking. Thinking about getting a table saw only for speed and convenience. I came from the metal working world and that’s all power tools and loud and hot and painful haha. So I definitely appreciate the peaceful quiet of hand tool woodworking. It all works out too because with my metalworking equipment, I would never have the room in my shop for many dedicated areas for woodworking equipment. Something so peaceful about hand tool woodworking. I’ve only been into it seriously for a few months but at this point I know I kinda got bit by the bug and there’s no going back.



  2. OG Timbercraft on December 21, 2022 at 1:14 am

    Nice demo James, that is a beast. Thumbs up.



  3. Jeanne bréant on December 21, 2022 at 1:15 am

    Power tools is much better



  4. Cornel Masson on December 21, 2022 at 1:16 am

    You forget the time and money you save on gym fees with the manual plane.



  5. wanqiaoyi on December 21, 2022 at 1:20 am

    awesome video. i’d like to see a comparison against a smaller electric planer , makita / bosch etc and a larger hand plane like a #7 or 8. still think an electric planer would win in terms of speed, but would be a more far comparison. use my #7 a lot but also considering a hand planer in range i can afford (which is not much ha)



  6. Ferdy Hidayat on December 21, 2022 at 1:23 am

    Nice concept…having fun with woodworking..thanks



  7. TwoSheds Jackson on December 21, 2022 at 1:23 am

    Half the time but the blade is twice as wide on the power planer and did you mention it costs $300 + dust extraction + PPE + power + noise nuisance and vibration.



  8. Wickwynn on December 21, 2022 at 1:23 am

    This planer no longer seems to be available on Amazon. 🙁



  9. Cactus! workshop on December 21, 2022 at 1:24 am

    well, yeah! 🙂



  10. Dave Strain on December 21, 2022 at 1:25 am

    Welcome to the darkside Haha



  11. t 77 on December 21, 2022 at 1:28 am

    Plz mention that ear protection is also crucial, not just goggles 😅



  12. orbodman on December 21, 2022 at 1:29 am

    Be very, very careful James. You don’t want people calling you Norm Abram now do you????



  13. Heath Knuckles on December 21, 2022 at 1:31 am

    Excellent information James! 👍👌 Thanks for sharing!



  14. Opa Butterscotch on December 21, 2022 at 1:34 am

    Love the fact that you put this kind of info out there. I have always wanted to be a hand tool woodworker but my body is taking offense to some of the repetition. Professionals like you letting me know that it’s ok to be a hybrid is encouraging. Thanks



  15. David Bennett on December 21, 2022 at 1:36 am

    Great Video.



  16. S on December 21, 2022 at 1:37 am

    Every time I’ve tried using a power hand planer, I screw something up. I just use orbital/belt sanders now. I may still try to use my power hand plane but it scares me. So easy to gouge material, just a little too aggressive for me.



  17. Darkounet on December 21, 2022 at 1:37 am

    Wait, that’s not fair, is it ? Flatening the convex side of a board is a lot longer than the flatening the concave side. The powerplaner is faster then. Boards with 2 convex or concave faces seem to get scarcer theses days



  18. Thomas Tieffenbacher/DocSavage45 on December 21, 2022 at 1:38 am

    Thanks Have been planning on buying a 3 hp planer. Will check out Triton.



  19. CrazyMagicHomelesGuy on December 21, 2022 at 1:39 am

    It comes down to skill.

    I converted my jointer to a table top one for basic boards. Its pretty good



  20. warf 1955 on December 21, 2022 at 1:40 am

    Enjoyed the vid. But due to w wreck I am very limited on using hand tools. Busted right shoulder and crushed fingers. So I use power tools.



  21. Mickleblade on December 21, 2022 at 1:44 am

    I use a small power plane for the bulk removal and then move to hand planes to finish off. And if you don’t fit the vacuum there’s chips up the wall, stuck in the spider’s webs, in the toolchest, need I continue?



  22. Yang Ji on December 21, 2022 at 1:44 am

    The link you put to amazon is the blades only, no tool.
    Like the video BTW.



  23. natas0733 on December 21, 2022 at 1:45 am

    Power plane took half the time, thus it is twice as fast or 100% faster. Not 50%. Conversely, the hand plane IS 50% the speed of the Triton. FYI



  24. AllergicToSnow on December 21, 2022 at 1:46 am

    Dimensioning lumber is not fun. Building something with that lumber is fun.



  25. Clive Clapham on December 21, 2022 at 1:49 am

    Wood By Wright, how about a follow-up video?
    Are you still using the beast?
    🤔😎



  26. Jean Baptiste Dupas on December 21, 2022 at 1:50 am

    I just like your intro 🙂



  27. bighand69 on December 21, 2022 at 1:51 am

    I use a Festool hand planer to get the twists out of boards and then finish with a number 3 plane. It is just as quick as use a manual hand plane.

    Now on larger boards I will use a scrub plane. A thickness planer while handy is not that much quicker and you will need to finish with a hand plane anyway.



  28. João Teixeira on December 21, 2022 at 1:51 am

    Hi James I’m from Brazil. I’d like to know if in your opinion both planers have the same capacity with respect to precision?



  29. Yawar Ansari on December 21, 2022 at 1:52 am

    Bhai jaan is machine ke rate kitne hai



  30. vince King on December 21, 2022 at 1:52 am

    Power tools aren’t all just about speed they are also to decrease the labour to the user. Good for repetitive jobs. A pain for small jobs sometimes. Sometimes it can take longer buying the stuff than the job takes. They are useful



  31. TWC on December 21, 2022 at 1:52 am

    Good video James. I actually just bought an electric hand plane for this exact reason. It’s only a 4 3/8 wide blade but it’s nice to have for the larger stuff. I don’t own a scrub plane but would still like to own one for smaller boards. What size is your scrub plane? Is it a 5 1/2? Oh, one more question, can you use the electric hand plane at an angle like you would a scrub plane?



  32. gainmelk on December 21, 2022 at 1:53 am

    I learned something new today. Hand planers are more fun.



  33. Civilized Savage on December 21, 2022 at 1:54 am

    How much does the power planer cost?



  34. Leafy Greens on December 21, 2022 at 1:56 am

    "nice and flat, perfectly good and ready to us"… well no, it wasn’t :))



  35. Sinclair Bowman on December 21, 2022 at 1:58 am

    I’m new to your channel so forgive me if I just Didn’t see it, but do you have a book? I want to get into woodworking, love your channel and don’t want to get too into power tools if I don’t have to.



  36. Jim Bo on December 21, 2022 at 1:58 am

    When I was younger I became wealthy enough to buy a planer thicknesser and later a small table saw. My work got more accurate and easier and faster but I put on at least half a stone. Now I’m old I am going in the opposite direction. Hand tools are healthier and don’t affect your hearing, and usually leave your anatomy intact 😀 Most of all though, they are more fun than work.



  37. jeff on December 21, 2022 at 1:58 am

    I use the jointer and planer to get to use my hand tools sooner!!!



  38. photozack81 on December 21, 2022 at 1:58 am

    One neat thing about a planer like that is you can flip it upside down, mount it on a stand and have a little mini jointer. Two tools in one, make it really worth considering if you do a lot of big builds. I may end up with one at some point.



  39. Javier Portillo on December 21, 2022 at 1:59 am

    Could you attach this upside down to a table and make yourself a little jointer?



  40. Money Mills on December 21, 2022 at 2:01 am

    I love my power tools for sure. I’m getting more into hand tools now but I’ll never give up my power tools. When I’m building things for someone or have a lot to do then power tools are like you said the way to go. I do really want to learn more about hand tools tho. I am finding out that I’m learning a lot more using hand tools. Also I like the idea that the some of the things I’ll build for my daughters will be made by hand with the time and care that it takes. Another great video.



  41. Jim McClain on December 21, 2022 at 2:02 am

    It’s not easy to find objective reviews of electric hand planers. I’ve been considering one because I have lung disease that makes real hand tools, especially planers, nearly impossible to use. Yeah, I know, people with lung disease shouldn’t be woodworkers anyway, but I just can’t help myself after a 35 year career installing flooring before I found out I had COPD. So, thanks for your rational thought. I really enjoy my new hobby and want to get into more challenging projects. My next one is a new workbench, so I knew I couldn’t do that without a good electric hand planer.



  42. Liam Carey on December 21, 2022 at 2:02 am

    Playing with power tools is all fun and games until you get a cnc router. Don’t be a sell out.



  43. DAVID NDAHURA on December 21, 2022 at 2:03 am

    Your Triton is good for the work money, combines tasks of a thicknessor, jointer and scrub plane, I have the makita 1805N beam planer king of my shop.



  44. CUM2america on December 21, 2022 at 2:04 am

    Could this replace a jointer?



  45. kr James on December 21, 2022 at 2:04 am

    Don’t forget to use hearing protection. Once you have ruined your hearing it stays ruined. Cheers.



  46. Brantley Tyndall on December 21, 2022 at 2:05 am

    This is super helpful!



  47. Guy H. on December 21, 2022 at 2:07 am

    Sorry sir, but I really have fun using power tools. (Insert Tim "The Toolman" Taylor grunts here 😂🤣😂). Was hoping to see more of a comparison to the smaller models tho. But its a very good video sir! 😊😊😊



  48. ken c on December 21, 2022 at 2:07 am

    A real scrub like a 40 or 40-1/2 Stanley rather than a slightly modified #5 or #6 might save a minute or two?



  49. Tyler Fitch on December 21, 2022 at 2:07 am

    On your spare time, can you make a video or two on scrap wood projects? Would love to see what you come up with.



  50. robin alexander on December 21, 2022 at 2:08 am

    Electric hand planer is only good for creating noise and dust. Mine is still in the box, started up once and put back in box, it’s a nice Makita 18v. Cheers from Tasmania