Makita needs no introduction when it comes to power tool manufacturers. If you’re looking for an electric planer, then I think you should check out the Makita KP0810 electric planer before you make your choice, because you don’t want to be cursing yourself in the aftermath realising you didn’t check it out first.
While doing so, you might also want to check out their 1806B electric planer if what you need a larger or heavier version of this planer.
Features of the Makita KP0810 electric planer
It’s undoubtedly one of the best planers you can get your hands on right now. It’s got all the features you need in any electric planer.
The Makita KP0810 electric planer comes equipped with a powerful 7.5 amp motor which delivers a 16000 RPM no load speed for increased stock removal.
The blades that come with it are double-edge carbide blades which stay sharp for long periods of working with the planer.
It has the capacity to plane up to 3-1/4 inches in width and 5/32 inches in depth just with a single pass of the planer on your work piece.
Weight-wise, it weighs 7.3 lbs, not too heavy not too light, which makes the power to weight ratio of the planer pretty high.
Ergonomics and ease of use is key when it comes to tools like this, thus the Makita KP0810 electric planer is fitted with both front and back rubberized handles to make handling very easy, and it’s well balanced in the center as well.
The planer is also equipped with a conveniently located lock-on button so you can work continuously with it without holding on to the button.
There is a spring loaded stand behind the planer that elevates the base of the planer from the work piece so the blades and the work piece are not damaged from accidental contact with each other.
Adjusting depth is very easy as the KP0810 is equipped with an easy to read depth adjustment dial with click stops at increments of 0.1.
Also, the front base of the planer features 3 chamfering grooves which are 1.4, 3, and 4 millimeters respectively.
Overall, the KP0810 is definitely one of the best electric planers you can get your hands on right now. It’s powerful, it’s ergonomic, easy to operate and the performance is top notch.
Lest I forget, the chip ejection system of the Makita KP0810 can be flipped to either side of the planer to depending on the direction you want the dust to go, which really makes it easy to work with the planer.
What I like about it
First of all, the KP0810 is very powerful. With a 7.5 amps motor producing a no load speed of 16000 RPM, there’s nothing that can stand in its way.
Also, the carbide blades it’s equipped with ensures that the blades remain sharp for a very long time while working with it.
Where it can be improved
It doesn’t come with a hard box for stowing it away when not in use.