Power planers and sanders are smoothing tools. Planers are designed for use only with wood, but some sanders can also be used on metal or masonry surfaces.
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Planers remove sections of wood that are too small to be cut easily and accurately with a saw, but are also too thick to be smoothed down with a power sander. Blades have a reasonably long life span, depending on usage, and replacing them is straightforward for most models. The most common reason for blade failure or reduction in the tool's lifespan, is accidentally planing a nail or screw embedded in a wood. Inspect wood carefully before planing it.
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