Porter-Cable is not a prolific brand by any measure, at least when it comes to planers. 

They only have two models: one small hand planer, and a portable benchtop model (not just on Amazon, anywhere), leaving their selection limited.

Still, for the design space they fill (great low performance, very inexpensive “learner models” for amateur woodworkers and those who need something quick and cheap for a single job before they never touch it again) they are excellent.

Of the two, my suggestion for first pick is listed just below, in case you aren’t interested in looking at both:


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PORTER-CABLE PC305TP 12"

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PORTER-CABLE PC305TP 12" Thickness Planer

While it won’t blow the socks off some competitors, this Porter-Cable is cheap and lightweight (only 65 lbs! One of the lightest benchtop planers on the market) and still manages good performance.

With a 12 inch width capacity it can cut those boards up to 1/16 inches deep, and its 15 amp motor puts out 8000 RPKM (16, 000 cuts per minute from its two straight blades).

It’s no powerhouse by any means, but it makes a great starter planer for an amateur woodworker that just needs something simple and cheap for their weekend hobby projects that can be put away without any real hassle, since it’s compact enough to store on a sturdy shelf when not in use and light enough to be moved by hand by one person.

As a bonus, it will only run you a bit over $250, making it one of the cheapest benchtop planers around. Not bad for this kind of performance and portability.


PORTER-CABLE PC60THP 6-Amp Hand Planer

Like the portable benchtop model above, this one isn’t going to be winning any awards for performance, but does well enough you can justify spending the well-under $100 for your weekend projects.

It spins at 16, 500 RPM (no load) and will significantly slow once you get going. The 3 inch wide swathe it can cut at once is serviceable, but noticeably smaller than other similar models from other brands.

The .47 inch rabbet length and mere 5/64 inch depth on a  single pass leave this hand planer feeling very slow compared to other options…which could actually be taken as an upside for someone trying to feel their way through their first few minor projects.

All in all this is a good starting planer for someone not sure how much time and money they want to invest into woodworking as a hobby, but one you’ll be sure to “graduate” from if you decide to get a bit more serious.


Conclusion

PORTER-CABLE PC395TP

Neither of these planers is going to be the highest performance model you’ll ever own, but they get the job done for most small jobs like rounding off the edges of doors or planning smaller boards for cabinets and deck repairs, things of that nature.

Their low expense and solid warranties (three years) make them very SAFE buys, even if they aren’t likely to impress you once you move on from them (if you ever do).