Hands on With the Makita BKP180 LXT Planer - a Job Site Guide

This is another guest post by Tom Alfry. Keep up with Tom on Twitter via @gotwood83, and you can find his website Got Wood? here. Read Tom's previous article here:
Hands on With the Makita BJV180 LXT Cordless Jigsaw - a Job Site Guide

This tool is sexy and deadly.

How can I describe a power tool as being sexy and deadly? I'll explain.

It's sexy because it stops spinning in a nanosecond. It's sexy because it's solid and smooth.

 And it's deadly to all wood.

The Makita BKP180 LXT lithium ion planer, like other planers, has a simple turn dial at the front to easily select the depth of cut. The grip is comfortable and the planer can easily be controlled with one hand.

I like the "kickstand" at the back which drops down when the back is lifted from the wood, meaning you can place it straight down on a work surface without fear of cutting it.

I'm not sure how many DIY chaps and chapettes need an electric planer, but if you have a project working on doors or skirting then I'd buy this and save your arm. Perfect for all tradespeople doing a lot of second fix as it will zip along door edges and skirting in a flash.

The spec of the Makita BKP180LXT cordless planer is:

Planning Capabilities
Ergo handle
Planing Width: 82mm - 3"
18v li-ion, 3.0Ah
Aluminium base allows for planing accuracy and the cutter head makes 14000 cuts per minute
Planing Depth: 2mm
Charging Time: 22 min
Left and right handed use due to the buttons on either side of the handle
Max rebate depth: 9mm
Lithium-ion's 40% weight saving means 18 volt power can be obtained by a battery that weighs the same as a 12 volt Ni-MH battery

Check out Toolstop's video to see these features in action.

We'd love to know your experiences on the jobsite with your favourite power tools. Let us know in the comments and be sure to follow #DIYtradetips on Twitter.

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