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the Makita kp0800 heavy duty planer comes complete with a socket wrench and blade gauge assembly.
as with all Makita products, it is well built and feels very sturdy when using as well as very well balanced.
it has a fine adjustment, perfect if you just need to plane off a tiny little bit. you control the depth with the large black knob at the front.
the grip is rubberized which really helps in terms of comfort when handling, especially if you are using for longer periods of time.
it is a brilliant machine, and not too noisy compared to some planers that I have used in the past. the finish it gives is excellent. overall it is a very good planer and I would definitely recommend it to others, especially at the price which is below £100 wherever you look. you need to make sure you set the blades up correctly when first using but once you do then it has a good smooth action and gives a good finish. it isn't too heavy and is fine to use one-handed.
the only downside I can find to this is that it doesn't come in one of your standard Makita plastic carry boxes, instead it comes in a cardboard box. this might not bother some people, but I like to buy my tools that come in plastic storage boxes as I find it much easier and neater to store. the box it comes in will eventually get wrecked so ill need to find a suitable sized plastic box for it.
On the top there is the grip handle at the rear, which has a black soft feel section of on the underside, together with the same feel on the very top, this is basically the areas where you are most likely to place your hands when using it. The trigger is just up from the black soft grip and is easy to touch with the first finger, which means no need to manoeuvre your hands in such a way that could cause damage to one of your phalanges. There is also a locking button, just above the trigger, that locks the trigger in the on position, deactivating with the retouch of the trigger.
At the front there is the control grip which is best for steering the plane in a way so that you can keep it in a straight line.
On one side there is the housing for the belt, which is covered by a plastic guard and is easy to unscrew in order to change the belt if and when needed.
On the other side there is a hole, or what looks like a whole, that is about the size of a vacuum pipe, which is exactly what it is. It is the vacuum cleaner pipe that sucks the shaving away so that you don't have to sweep up later.
The underside is of the footplate there is a section that looks like it's missing, this is where the blade comes through in order to do the shaving of the wood. This blades depth is controlled by turning the front knob, using the numbers around it to get the blades depth where you want it. It is best to keep the blade as shallow as possible as if the blade is set to 'deep' you'll likely rip the wood rather than plane it. This depth guide is great for when you're making grooves within the wood, as the footplate will stay on the surface as the blade goes deeper and deeper, using the attachable width guide, which consists of a couple of metal rods and a metal plate that runs along the wood.
There is also a little black bobble on the rear of the footpale, this is a sort of kick stand so that you can put the plane down without damaging the blade.
This is a cracking electric plane and takes the real stress out of planing that piece of wood. It is as good as my manual planers and is as easy to control. It is a bit noisy but not as bad as some i've used. Maybe it's on par with a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro with a crack in its manifold
And the cost.? This goes fro about £70, with a more up to date one selling for double that.
"The Makita KP0800 82mm Planer has the following specifications ; Cuts per minute: 34,000 cpm / Planing Depth: 2.0 mm / Planing Width: 82 mm / Rebate Depth: 9.0 mm / No load speed: 17,000 rpm / Vibration plaining softwood: 2.5 m/sec / Vibration K factor: 1.5 m/sec / Input wattage: 620 watt / Noise sound power: 100 dB(A) / Noise sound pressure: 89 dB(A) / Noise K factor: 3 dB(A) / Net weight: 2.6 kg / Supplied with ; Socket wrench / Blade gauge assembly."