A highly acclaimed hand-planer delivers high power in a small package. It finds its purpose for both hobbyists’ woodworkers and finish carpenters. Here is our Makita KP0810 review.
It is not the lightest planer around, but with equitable weight distribution, it feels good in your hands. 7.5 AMP motor means more wood can be scraped out in a single pass. The adjustments scales are clear and with 0.1 mm increments precision is taken care off. It is a well-built machine and the drum housing is made of rigid die-cast aluminum.
TheMakita KP0810 operates with 16,000 RPM speed. The motor is also rated 7.5 AMP, and this results in more efficient consumption of power, unlike Bosch 1594K Review. With a 2-blade cutter head more wood is scraped off quickly.
Talking about capacity, in a single pass it can plane a maximum of 3-1/4 inches in width while the maximum depth of cut is 5/32 of an inch. This is quite high considering a hand-held planer and this helps you get the desired thickness in lesser no. of passes.
More accurate cut control is given to the user. The depth knob is calibrated with .1 mm movement, and this is used to get a smoother finish. Carpenters will find this extremely useful when there are working on doors or windows. The Guide Rule is average and requires some time to adjust.
Security features like spring at the bottom are present to protect the surface from the blades.
There are no major flaws with this and you get what you pay for. Using the guide will take some to get used to but once you get the hang of it, you can breeze through your planing tasks. If the cuts start getting dull or uneven, you can sharpen the blades.
A combination of powerful motor, precise adjustments, and durable design makes this our top recommendation for hobbyists and hand planers. Even if you are a professional, this can help you achieve small tasks and if you have to go to multiple job sites, this will be your go-to power tool.
The Makita 2012NB has been the leader when it comes to bench top wood planers for over a decade. So what makes this planer a standout? We find that out in our review.
With a no-load rating of 8500 RPM, the 2012NB is powered by a 15 AMP motor. It is a no-brainer that with a powerful motor like this, it will perform well with most woods (someone tested it with IPE and it handled that like a charm). Apart from that, the adjustment settings appear to be clear and the maximum width capacity is 12 inches. With regular maintenance, this will last for your years and will continue to churn out hundreds of feet of smooth wood.
Makita 2012NB uses a 4-post design which balances the entire setup. The weight is distributed evenly and the structure can support heavier woods without a hiccup. The base at the bottom helps to do this, while the extension tables, ensure that the entire weight of the wood doesn’t fall on the core machine itself.
We like to call the 2012NB a true powerlifter. It is designed and built to handle the toughest of woods. Pine, Oak, Maple and even plywood, it gives the same smooth finish. This is done through three ways. First, as discussed earlier, the weight of the machine is evenly distributed, so no single part of the machine has to bear the major brunt, and this ensures smooth passage of the wood through the planer.
Second, the 15 AMP motor is powerful and powers the cutter head with the right speed to scrape maximum wood.
And finally, the blades are well designed. With the machine, you get one single blade, but it will eventually wear it and you will need replacements. We recommend getting the Makita blades only, for best results.
It has a feed rate of 28 feet per minute, so you can have multiple passes, till the desired thickness is reached. Overall a completely smooth finish is attained. Just like a power lifter handles the weights flawlessly at every stage, the Makita 2012NB gives a clean cut right from the start till the end.
It has been more than 15 years since this machine was launched, and the adjustment settings are not as intuitive as some modern planers like the Dewalt DW735X but they are just as accurate. You can choose the depth of the cut, with the maximum being 1/8th of an inch. It has a depth capacity of 6 inches and if you have to make multiple passes of the wood you can use the depth stop. You can also use this to get multiple pieces of wood at the same thickness.
The Interna-Lok System works well the extension tables to reduce snipe, but it is not perfect.
A reason why Makita 2012NB wins praises from professionals and ranks better than planers like Dewalt DW734 is because of its durability. This one is ‘marathon runner’ when it comes to wood planers.
If you clean the rollers and the feed tables every 6 months, you can expect this machine to last, and last longer. John A. Martinsky, a buyer from Amazon, has been using this for 15 years now, and he puts it simply stating “It just keeps working”.
Overall, you get low-noise operation even after 10 years. Oh Yes, we completely forgot about noise. The Makita 2012NB has the lowest noise level at 83dB, so that is another commendable feature.
The machine falls behind in one area though, and it is the dreaded snipe. It isn’t that bad, but slightly deeper cuts near the edges, prevent a 100% smooth finish. You can try the common snipe protection technique of raising the wood while feeding it in and do the same while it’s coming out. But this takes a hit on the speed of your work and makes planing a two-man job.
However, if you are fine with this little flaw, you would absolutely love this.
This planer comes at a price close to 550 bucks. It ain’t cheap, but you get way more than what you pay for. Considering its durability, it will prove to be a very smart investment. We recommend this for woodworkers with dedicated shops and who work on projects on a daily basis. The quality is top-notch and just like hundreds of owners of Makita 2012NB, you won’t have any complaints.