Hands on With the Makita BKP180 LXT Planer - a Job Site Guide
Posted by Mark Hunter - March 29, 2012
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:
||Planing Width: 82mm - 3¼"
||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
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