Rated 4.8 out of 5Â by 20
Rated 5 out of 5Â by 808woodshop Very well made machine
-Included folding in feed/out feed tables.
-Very little snipe. 2-1/2 inches on the in feed, zero on the out feed for mine. Took about 15 seconds with 80 grit to clean it off.
-Very smooth finish
-Compact, and ready to go out of the box.
The not so good:
-The 3 inch, hard to find dust hood needs to be included. Finding adapters to fit it to your vacuum or D.E. will take some hunting.
Overall I am very pleased with the performance of this machine and at about $60.00 less than the other top rated planer that begins with a 'D' and colored yellow, it's also a better buy.
August 8, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Frog An excellent product
I purchased one of these as a factory reconditioned product several years age from my local Hardware store for under $300.00. It looked like a brand new machine, and worked as a new machine as well. I too think the discharge hood should have either a 2 1/2" or 4" discharge, or at least have Makita make an adapter available. I found that if I give a slight lift to the piece being planed, it eliminates snipe.
An excellent product and even at retail a very good buy
November 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by kypjim Great
I've owned and used a Delta 12" Planer for over 15 years. I considered getting another Delta but when I did an extensive search from the big boy Jet 15" stationary to the best portable that Dewalt makes- I decided the reviews favored a Makita. I'm not disappointed. I ran my rough cherry through and it didn't grunt, burn or need a lot of sanding. There was a bit of snipe on long boards but not the amount I was getting with the Delta. I am a bit perplexed that a unit @ 10 years old still sells for over $500. This unit is new, yes as far as never used but it wasn't manufactured after 2010 like many of the portable units on the market today. Apparently Makita DOES sell a more updated unit but this one sold by Home Depot is the older model. I say that as a means of clarification but please don't misunderstand the unit itself IS great and a TWO blade not a three blade unit (which in the long run is cheaper as far as upkeep). Some blades on the portable units are only one sided or they cost over $50 a set. These blades are two sided so when (in the middle of a project) you see that the blades need changed, all you have to do is flip them over. It's good to have an extra set on hand for when you've already used both sides. Bottomline- I recommend this unit. It's sturdier than my Delta, gives a better finish, less snipe, more features especially for volume projects that require several boards at the same thickness (takes away the guess work).
December 27, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Dave worth the money
This is by far the nicest planer I've ever had!! It's relatively light weight, small, surprisingly quiet, and easily handles a full 12 inch wide board up to 6 inches thick. I have not run any hardwoods through it yet, but based on how nicely it finished fir, pine, redwood, and cedar, I suspect it will have no trouble with harder materials. If you don't have a chip removal system I recommend either using it outside or hooking a large shop vac to it, but be carefull, the vac fills up quickly.
October 23, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by stovie Excellent machine
So far so good. The machine was shipped very quickly and arrived in excellent condition. I do NOT have a lot of experience with planers (so take my comments with the appropriate grain of salt), but the machine works well, and does the job with virtually no pitting and a surprisingly acceptable noise level. There were several less expensive options, but I read several online reviews that recommended this model based on quality, noise and blade life, and I didn't want to try to go cheap only to be disappointed. The attached fold out feed shelves (for the lack of an appropriate technical term) are a nice built in add on that would have been a separate purchase on other machines. They make the work much easier. I mounted the machine on a spare stand, and would recommend others consider doing the same or building a sturdy stand.
May 15, 2012