GMC Unlimited Rebate Planer archive

Friday 14 May 2010

Matt Long gets into the groove with the GMC Carbon Fibre Unlimited Rebate Planer


GMC's return to the market has seen them put out this unlimited rebate planer in their carbon fibre series.

First impressions

Straight out of the box, GMC's idiosyncratic design features in this series of tools are noticeable. And no bad thing, as we found out with their random orbital sander last issue.

The front and rear handles are nicely positioned, giving you a feeling of control. The extendable front shoe also adds to this feeling.

There is a lever under the front handle for lifting the planer side guard for the unlimited depth cut.

The clickable depth dial feels sturdy and easy to use, and goes in 0.2mm steps. The trigger has a lock-on switch easily accessible by the thumb, which makes for ease of use.

In use

In use, the planer feels nice and sturdy, and the three blade cutter block gives a nice smooth cut. With its accompanying fence, the planer's rebating abilities are fully realised, leaving a satisfactory finish.

The verdict

A sturdy, easy to use bit of kit that should hold up well to continued use. Good value for the money.

Woodworkers Institute

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At A Glance

Planes to the edge of the workpiece
Patented 3-blade design for faster, smoother cutting
Clickable depth control
Planer block spindle lock
Lock on trigger
Extendable front shoe
Parking stand to protect the blades and workpiece
Left or right dust extraction
Optional sanding drum
[B]Pros & cons:
Nice build quality
Nice spec

The Numbers

Power input: 750W
Voltage: 240v
No Load Speed: 15,000rpm
Cuts Per Minute: 45,000
Depth of cut per pass: 0-3mm
Planing Width: 82mm
Parking stand to protect the blades and workpiece
Optional sanding drum
Weight: 2.7kg
Price: £96.70 inc VAT
Contact: Toolstation