Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 8
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Ryan Online order, shipped to home
Works great so far. Only used it a little bit. Arrived on time and reasonably priced.
May 31, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by fishmn a good buy
This was purchased for a single operation it ran for about an hour and saved me about 9 to 10 hours. So i am quite pleased.
February 23, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by FussierThanMost Needed a Little Dialing In
I bought this planer to replace another which had a severe defect, and was somewhat disappointed to find this one had issues as well. It would cut a swath on the left side only on a flat board when set to zero. After several attempts at adjusting the knives, I determined that the edge of one carbide knife would repeatedly stick out about .010" too far when the hold down bolts were tightened. I believe this is caused by a poorly manufactured clamp, as it was the same with different blades. I resolved it by installing single edge one-piece carbide blades (more money). It now cuts like a dream.
August 29, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by scubasteve If you want a planer that will do the job this is the one
Done a lot of research on this planer before I brought it. I just about pulled the trigger on a dewalt. Dewalt is cheaper but this one had a little more power and I also liked the guide which dewalt didnt have.
I have only used it once on 3/4 plywood and I was amazed how fast it cut a 1/4 x 3 inch wide groove( I only cut 1/8 at a time because I didnt know how well it would cut) .
As most of you already know tools are only made to last a few years not like older tools.
January 16, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by RoyfromNewYork this planer has the power to do the job.
I am very happy with this planer, it has enough power to plane oak planks that I milled last year; it gets the job done. My only complaint so far is that it does not zero out, the blade does not retract all the way, so I am always cutting. This 7.5 amp model was not available in the store. When delivered the box looked like it was through a war and the planer and parts were rattling around inside the box, and there was no manual (its available on the internet). It came with a guide, but I still haven't figured out what it is supposed to do. I have to wonder if the planer was knocked out of alignment when shipped, the box had definitely been opened. there's no directions on how to calibrate the depth gauge. Just a poor presentation, shame on someone.
January 17, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Handyman Easy to use.
After looking at several hand planers the Makita looked to be better made than others. I have used this planer for working down rough sawn white oak that is to big and heavy to go through my 12" floor planer. So far I love this hand planer and hope it gives me many years of service.
December 31, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Mark Cuts good, the fence tha come with the planer is a joke, the front know is also the depth adduxtment, not good
I wish I would have spent more to get a real planer. The fence is not solid and is a joke. One has to be careful when holding the front knob bucause it is also the depth adjustment. A grip should be just that.
July 19, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Islander Very impressed!
I am a hand-tool kind of guy. By that I mean powerless, good ol' hand tools. I have had my grandfather's hand planes for years and sharpen them by hand with waterstones. I always scoffed at power planers.
Well, then came the need to take years of paint off two 46' wood sailboat masts. I was going to use a belt sander, but those make a mess and are very invasive. (chew up the wood a lot). I decided to try a power planer set at low depth.
There were really three options available- Bosch, Ryobi, and Makita. Ryobi was out at the beginning because of their usual lack of quality. The Bosch I had read great things about and it was cheaper than the Makita. The reason I went with the Makita was twofold:
(1) The foot on the Makita is very thick machined aluminum, whereas the Bosch is stamped steel and did not look too precision. The Makita looked like a precision tool!
(2) The adjustment knob. This was the main reason. They both had a knob that clicked at each stop. The Bosch, however, was so poorly marked that I couldn't tell if I was on 1/64 or 1/32nd. There was no real pointer. You just kind of aimed the clicker up the center. The Makita had very clearly marked white recessed lines at 1/256th intervals. That is precision! You could very easily see and feel (solid click for each stop) where you were setting it. It also has a zero setting to park the blade, which I believe the Bosch also had.
The real difference between hand planers is not how MUCH they can take off at a time, but rather how LITTLE. If you need precision then get the Makita. You can shave tiny paper-thin strips off in each pass or go up to 5/32 if you need to hog something out quickly.
For the sailboat mast I was able to plane the paint off in about 15 minutes. It was insane. BZZZZZZZZIP four times down each side and it was clean except the rounded edges which I will hit with a sander. I am so glad I did not get the belt sander for this job!!!
I am going to start using this for other projects although I am still sort of a purist when it comes to planing. If I were hanging a door, however, I must say I would probably use this now instead of a hand plane. For furniture and for my wood surfboard building I will stick with manual hand planes. Anyway, this was WELL worth the money I spent just in the time it saved me on this project, and I was amazed that after planing all four sides of a 46' sailboat mast it was still cutting a clean smooth path. Sweet!
April 10, 2012