Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 33
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by PawPaw Works fine easy to use.
Very good for those small jobs, especially when you do not have access to a bench planer.
August 23, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Candygyal Too expensive
This item is a great tool but the price is a bit too expensive.
June 24, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Gregg Awesome Planer
I really wanted a DeWalt planer but nobody carried the two blade planer in stock. So I was forced to go with this Makita planer and I could not be happier. I am literally planning 6x8x12 timbers from rough to smooth and the planner works like a charm. I use the fence to make to cuts on the sides and then free hand the middle of the beam. Every couple of passes I spray the bottom with car wax and the planner just glides. It would be nice if it had a dust bag but the reality is that I am planing off so much material that I would be changing the bag every couple passes. If I go through some sap it sticks to the bottom of the planer but a little acetone takes it right off. Blades last forever and are inexpensive to buy. I probably could go 500 LF without changing unless of course you hit a staple. 6-stars!!!
May 18, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jim Having Fun with New Makita Planer
Am still practicing with the new planer to eliminate mismatches from multiple passes over the old wood but like it a lot. The neighbors even came over to check it out.
October 20, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mamajane1234 Great small planer
The Makita KP0800 corded planer is an excellent power tool. Makita has done a good design and manufacturing job on this product. The kit includes 3-1/4 in. planer, blade gauge assembly, wrench, guide rule, blade set and tool case. The carrying case is very high quality. I love the ease of the depth adjustment knob. The depth adjustment is super easy to read, using 0.1mm increments from 0 to 2.4mm or 3/32 in. The edge fence is easy to install and use. The chamfering V-groove is effective. I like that the lock on button is easy to engage so I don’t have to hold the button to keep it running. The motor is adequate and relatively quiet. Blade sharpening requires a sharpening holder and a dressing stone. These are not included in the basic purchase. Looks like the brushes can be replaced fairly easily. Not sure how hard it is to align a new blade set. From the instructions, it does not seem like a piece of cake. It would be nice if the instruction manual would start with “what’s in the box”. The manual does not list that there is a bevel guide that will work on the unit. . Not sure, but during operation I felt I got a little hang up on some cuts. Other models may be a little smoother. Wish they had make the blade width ¼” longer so that you could plane the face side of a 2X4.
It is quite messy but there are attachments that can be added to solve this. The size and weight are good for me unlike some heavier tools that I just can’t use. I will use it a lot with my wood crafting.
September 10, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by RJJ21 Plenty of power
The Makita KP0800K Corded Planer is an outstanding product. The deck is machined well and very smooth. It has a notch in the front deck to perform chamfering. It also includes an adapter for shiplapping (rabbeting). With 6.5 amps of power this tool powered through my boards with ease. The depth dial has click points for each setting ensuring you are cutting to the right depth. This tool will throw a lot of wood chips out and it does not include a bag. I highly recommend you purchase the dust extracting nozzle so it can be connected to your shop vacuum. It comes with an outstanding blow mold case that holds all the parts securely and has excellent latches and hinges. It should last the life of the tool. It would be nice if the manual included part numbers for each of the accessories.
June 28, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by TrimTim Good Buy
Good buy out of the box. Solid case if very helpful.
April 27, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Doresoom Excellent Planer, Poor Dust Collection
This is a great 3-1/4" corded planer that's accurate, powerful, and easy to use. The only downside is that it doesn't ship with a dust bag or a nozzle that can be readily attached to a shop-vac.
The kit comes with a sturdy blow molded case that's a bit bulky, but has great positive retention storage for all the accessories. Also included is a T wrench for blade removal, a blade holder for use when sharpening, and an edge guide for rabbeting. Everything snaps into place and holds really well, although I usually have to mess around with the cord quite a bit to get it stowed so I can close the case.
The depth adjustment knob for the planer has 1/256" resolution, and allows for depths ranging from 0" to 3/32". I was surprised to find that there weren't any stops at the extremes, and could keep turning the knob past the max depth marking. The front shoe continued to move, so I decided to push the planer past its limits and try a full 1/8" pass on the edge of a 2x4. It managed to do it, but I could tell it was struggling to keep up.
When used at its specified max depth setting, this planer doesn't bog down at all, thanks to the 6.5A motor. It even leaves a really smooth finish without any discernible scalloping. Running it over knots and voids didn't cause any tear out either. Sharpening the knives periodically should keep them factory sharp for such clean cuts.
The edge guide works pretty well, although you can't really set the planer down easily while it's installed. I cut a few rabbets with it without any problems. It would have been nice if it included a bevel jig as well, but most of the competition don't have that feature either. The front shoe does have a 45° chamfer guide though, and I found it pretty easy to keep on track. The lock on trigger is easy to engage too, so you won't have to spend time fumbling with it while the blades are spinning.
The biggest downside to this planer kit is that it doesn't ship with any means for connecting it to a dust collector. I understand why it didn't include a dust bag, which could fill up after just one or two passes, but I'm mystified as to why it doesn't come with a circular nozzle. The chip ejection chute is an odd oval shape, and Makita sells an optional accessory for another $15 that replaces it and allows for attachment of a dust collector hose. However, the adapter is for a 37mm hose, not the standard 1-7/8" or 2-1/2" hose diameters. So most users will have to buy TWO adapters for connecting to a vacuum. It seems like Makita could remedy the biggest source of complaints from users of this planer by simply swapping out the cheap plastic dust collection adapter that comes with this kit.
Overall, this is a great accurate planer. Just know that if you plan on using it somewhere you'll have to clean up after yourself that you'll have to spend at least another $20 on adapters.
August 3, 2015