April 6, 2012

Makita LXPK01 18V LXT Li-Ion Cordless 3-1/4" Planer - Review

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So there's this crusty old bastard of a carpenter that we've been working with. (And don't get all offended, because we tell him that to his face. "You know, you're a crusty old bastard." "Grumble....grumble...") Like all crusty old bastards, this one is completely set in his patterns and nothing, and we mean nothing, is going to change the way he does things.

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So this COB (Crusty Old Bastard) has a few interesting quirks too. For one, he thinks that people who use orbital sanders are knuckleheads. What he does instead is make a rip on a table saw 1/16" too thick and then take off the kerf marks with a power planer giving him a nice flat straight edge. He has this old Makita planer that he loves and he'd use all day long if he could. A couple months ago, when Makita agreed to send us one of their new cordless planers to check out, we knew the perfect person to test it out.

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It's been a while now and we're confident in the verdict. The COB freaking loves the cordless planer. We asked him the other day and he just stood there muttering, "love, love, love." Strong words from a 68 year-old ex-infantryman.

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He loves it because it's so similar to his old Makita (3-1/4" wide cut), but with the added portability of cordless. He doesn't care so much for the spring loaded stand. His old one doesn't have that, but they're all made with them now, so he'll have to deal with that one. He reports that it has a nice cut depth gauge (up to 5/64"), it's easy to handle (weighs just over 7lbs) and it hooks up nicely to his vac.

We used it a bunch too and it's very nice to have the cordless thing going for doing door adjustments. Once a door is down on its side, it's nice not to have to deal with a cord as you're constantly switching sides.

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One thing we noticed is that it only ejects chips out of one side and can't toggle between both sides like our corded Bosch planer can. We've also noticed that the bag is the perfect size for the tool. Enough room for the tool, the charger, an extra battery, and a few other odds and ends.

And there you have it. Crusty old carpenter likes it. What else do you need to hear.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at April 6, 2012 5:10 AM

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