Hitachi P20SB Planer archive
Tuesday 30 October 2012
Anthony Bailey looks at this new planer from Hitachi
In recent years Hitachi have given a lot of their range the 'jungle stripes makeover' but not, it seems, this latest model of hand planer. It is a trade machine but undeniably an entry-level version. Stylistically it is almost identical to the Editor's own 25+ years vintage Hitachi model. So it is indeed plain and straightforward. Its 1mm maximum depth of cut places it as a lightweight model indeed, for trimming work rather than heavy stock removal.
There is a raised mould line on the handgrip which isn't very noticeable, no rubber overmould present at all. The drive belt is not exposed underneath, unlike many hand planers, and the casing generally is very simple in design, unlike the bigger P20SF machine which looks much more in keeping with their modern styling.
A plain flat knob adjusts the cut depth, the soleplate being a very plain piece of milling, the front section sitting on thick foam, there is also one V groove for removing the arris - corner - on timber.
A fence is supplied but no rebating foot, there is also no dustbag provision. A lengthy flex is provided.