Makita has a long standing tradition of creating tools that work as their designed and provide value for the money that customers pay for them. That same tradition also extends to tools that aren’t handheld and includes the Makita 2012NB, a thickness planer that many woodworkers rely on.
This Makita thickness planer is one that many argue is perhaps one of the best portable planers on the market today and the many users that sing it’s praises attest to that fact. It offers lightweight portability and is one of the quietest tools of it’s kind.
It has many features that make it an easy to use tool. It has disposable planer blades that are extremely to access and swap out, which makes it nice for when you’re right in the middle of project that you need to get done. The power switch is of the large paddle variety that features quick access if you need to shut it off in a hurry and there is an L.E.D. light that comes on when the machine is plugged in (another powerful safety feature).
It runs on a 15AMP motor that hits 8500 rpms without a load on it and is supported by a four post design to keep it stable when you’re running your wood through. All this power and it still only ramps up the volume to around 83db, which is why they say it is one of the quietest out there. Additionally, it has a detachable tool box for you to keep all the tools you commonly use when you’re working with your planer.
For those of you who are worried about snipe, that’s not longer a worry with this planer. It features the Interna-Lok automated head clamp designed specifically to prevent just that. This helps set your mind at ease that your planing will result in improved planing performance.
After reading a pile of user reviews it was quick to figure out that finding any potential downsides to this product. Of course, like everything out there, not everybody likes the same thing and that’s about where the reviews differ on the few that had issues with this planer.
Makita Portable Thickness Planer
One of the overriding issues is dust collection. Some users are saying that it’s a bit dustier than counterparts they’ve used in the past. This issue is compounded by the fact that the dust hood is sold separately by Makita and a couple of users have found that once in awhile this dust hood seems to be on back order.
With that said, however, those that made comments about the dust collection and the issues related to that have stated they are quite happy with the planer and wouldn’t trade it for another. In fact, one tip that is often given out is that if you start seeing any issues with the planer and how well it’s doing it’s job. Simply make sure that there aren’t any wood chips or dust around the blade. Clean that out and more than likely it’ll start working just like when you first bought it.
A user who is a contractor said he took it out of the box, used it to plane some wood on the job he was on and it did so perfectly. He estimated that more than likely the planer paid for itself the very first day he used it. This is usually a common thing from many users. Take it out of the box, plug it in and plane wood nearly perfectly.
Another user who is a daily user says that for nearly two years he’s used it almost every day, running thousands of feet of wood through and it still runs and works just as good as the day he bought it. A testament to the durability of Makita made products and their usefullness. This is a common thing that many long time users of the planer have to say.
The more reviews and user testaments I get to read and hear about, the more I’m apt to recommend this for both the hobby worker and the professional who needs a daily workhorse. Sure, it has a couple of things here and there that could be improved on but the most important thing is it’s longevity and the fact that it plane’s wood beautifully.
Read more specs and reviews of this Makita thickness planer at: Makita 2012NB 12-Inch Planer with Interna-Lok Automated Head Clamp