Proxxon AH 80 – Surface Planer / Jointer – English review

Proxxon AH 80
Proxxon AH 80

Have been looking for a small surface planer and edge jointer for some time and although there a few things out there, some of the cheaper models (e.g,. Silverline) I was a bit suspicious of. If you’re trying to make things flat and square, then you really need the machine itself to be of a suitable quality in order to do that otherwise you’re probably better off not bothering. Many of the cheaper models looked a bit plastic-y and flimsy, until I stumbled across this one.

Sure, it’s not cheap… far from it… in fact it’s probably the most expensive thing in my workshop now, which is crazy considering its size… but something about the look of the Proxxon AH 80 looked like it meant business. Anything with a ridiculous name like Proxxon has to be good, right?

The main issue for me prior to buying it was finding a decent honest review out there of which there was essentially none (well, in English, anyway.) So I plopped for it on a whim. Fortunately – it’s OK. I created a video review which has since been removed from YouTube, though.

4 Comments

  1. Hi Rick. I’ll be honest, I’ve barely used it but that’s more to do with the sorts of things I do rather than an issue with the machine. I get the impression the Proxxon stuff in general is aimed at craft/hobbyist modellers as opposed to the larger diy / maker / workshop enthusiast market. At the moment it’s just gathering (a lot of) dust so either need to give it another go, do different things, or sell it on.

  2. Just stumbled across this review as I’m interested in grabbing this little unit. I’m the same in that I need a planer that’s compact but is of good quality. The only issues I’ve come across online with this thing is that the fence can be a little unstable and the motor may be a little underpowered at 200w. I guess it depends what your pushing through it but I was just wondering whether you still rate it? As you said, it’s a lot to drop on a tool (£350 currently) if it’s not quite right.

    Cheers

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