Bosch PLH181B Review

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The 18-volt lithium ion cordless planer by Bosch presents optimized performance during everyday use. The Bosch Bare-Tool PLH181B is known for presenting an ultra-fast cutting speed while boasting a long battery life. This cordless planer is extremely lightweight and easy to use, making it one of the best planers available on the market.

When it comes to finding the perfect planer, this planer may be the power tool for you.

What’s In The Box?

Since this is from Bosch’s “Bare-Tool” line, the only thing you get with this unit is the power tool itself. You’ll need to purchase the battery (Bosch SKC181-101) separate.


  • Weight: 5.9 lbs.
  • Dimensions:11.2” x 7.5” x 7.2”
  • Voltage: 18V

Pros & Cons

This cordless planer presents both positive and negative features that set it apart from other models. Let’s take a closer look.


Powerful & Lightweight
Surprisingly powerful for a cordless planer, the PLH181B packs a punch and worked through even harder woods without much trouble. Bosch claims that the cordless model is just as powerful as the nearest corded counterpart thanks to their high-performance four-pole motor. Another great benefit is the low weight of this planer which weighs in at only 5.9 pounds making it possible to work longer without worrying about hand or arm fatigue.

Quick Stock Removal
Employing a counterbalanced design along with a single blade helps ensure that no uneven planing occurs due to misaligned or improperly maintained blades. The counterbalance design allows you to easily angle and the position the unit for smooth cuts. The PLH181B comes equipped with an easy-to-turn knob that makes setting the depth a breeze.

Chip Ejection Switch
One feature that you didn’t know you couldn’t live without until you’ve experienced it is the “Chip Ejection Switch”. Simply press the flip the switch to choose which side of the planer you would like your workpiece chips to eject from.


Flimsy Guide
A common complaint with this planer is the flimsy guide, you may need to fashion your own guide or make some improvements to the included guide in order to get the best out of it.


The PLH181B comes with a 1-year limited warranty that covers both parts and labor for repairs. Additionally, a 30-day satisfaction guarantee ensures your product works how you expect it to or you can choose to return it for a full refund with no questions asked.


Overall, customers find the Bosch Bare-Tool PLH181B cordless planer to be one extremely reliable product. Customers are initially thrown off by the lightweight and compact size of the planer, but quickly find that it packs quite a bit of power in a small and convenient size. The innovative design makes this planer unique and reliable. The ultra-small size ensures quick and easy movement while making precise cuts during every use. This is one of the best planers available on the market, so do not let the size mislead you.

The cordless option ensures nothing gets in the way while cutting, and the battery life does not disappoint. Users are unable to tell the working difference between the corded and cordless model as they perform virtually the same. For the price, this is a planer that is well worth the money.

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