Saturday, February 6, 2010

BestSeller Makita 2012NB 12-Inch Planer with Interna-Lok Automated Head Clamp

Makita 2012NB 12-Inch Planer with Interna-Lok Automated Head Clamp

Product Description
Compact and lightweight for easy transporting to the job-site. Fastest and easiest blade change system on the market; uses disposible double edge blades. Quietest (83dB) planer in its class. 4-post design and diagonal cross supports for stability. Cutting Width (in.): 12, Rated RPM: 8,500, Noise Level (dB): 83

  • Compact and lightweight for easy transporting to the job site
  • Fastest and easiest blade change system on the market; uses disposable double edge blades
  • Quietest (83dB) planer in its class
  • 4-post design and diagonal cross supports for stability
  • One-year manufacturer's warranty

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Steve WI.
I recently purchaced the Makita 2012NB planer and found it to be more than I expected. It is fairly light and easy to move around and it's operation is easy and it does a remarkable job, little or no snipe and requires very little sanding. I haven't had to change blades yet so I'm not sure if it's as easy as they say. For several years I thought Makita was just making high price junk but they definatly have once again are manufacturing quality equiptment.

Half as good, twice as good?
Unlike some other customers, I found this product to be really good right out of the box, easy to operate, and, once the $20 deflector was attached, easy to clean up after. It's given me many hours of excellent service. But finally came the day when I knew I had to change bladse.

Which was an adventure. To get at the drum, the side if the housing must be removed by undoing phillips screws and allen bolts. As I removed the last of these, a heretofore hidden part clanged to the bottom inside of the assembly. The role of the part wasn't hard to determine -- its size and shaps suggested it was a diagonal brace. But fitting it back in there (if it ever fitted before and wasn't made for some completely different contraption, like a nuclear device or a toaster) is still beyond me. But I have it in a drawer, just in case.

The blades themselves are held in place by the usual single metallic strip, fixed by six bolts (ratchet wrench this time) whose tightening pinches the blade against the drum. Exact fit is achieved by a pair of cleverly designed magnets that align the edge of the blade and allow the blade/strip assembly to be placed on the drum while screws are replaced. Little or no danger to fingers here, if handled according to instructions. These, unhappily, seem to have been written by someone with no working knowledge of either thickness planers or the English tongue. But the ordinary intuitive approach works pretty well here, and with little effort the whole system was restored.

I write all of this because, when I disassembled the system for the first time, I discovered that one of the blades had been set back so far from the edge of the metallic strip that it was completely hidden, and so had never once touched wood in all those months of service! The planer had been hobbling along on one foot, a single blade cutting nicely without help from the opposite side.

Makita knows better. Quality control should assure that both blades extend beyond their housing far enough to be of some use. So what did we learn? Was poor assembly a virtue, showing how well the machine could do on only half of its complement of bladss? Doubtful. Poorly made or badly assembled machinery can teach us only to be more careful ourselves, perhaps by disassembling the easy to reassemble parts before using the machine, to mske sure they're where they need to be.

Next time I do that, I may even discover where the diagonal brace goes.

Sweet planer
The planer was all I hoped for, smooth and powerful. I have no reservations in recomending it to anyone, as with all my Makita tools. The method of shipping was the only problem, though, as it was shipped in it's original box with no additional packing. I think that would have been OK if the crank had been removed for shipping as it was broken. I had one aggravating conversation with customer service in that it was suggested I send the whole planer back instead of getting a replacement handle. As we were talking on the phone I went to'[...] the computer and had a handle on the way while we were still talking. Then a second conversation with a much nicer, more knowledgable, rep gave me a 5% discount on my card that more than covered the part and shipping. So I had a little trouble with a very good end result.

All I have ran through so far has been red oak.The planer is so simple to use and the wood will be glass-smooth when you are done, I love it, lets me step up my quality on projects a lot, money well-spent!!!

Get it you will enjoy your woodworking more
I have been using this on and off for a year. I have planed Hard Maple, White Oak and also soft wood. It does a fantastic job. Recently I had an incident where the planer will not plane and the boards were getting stuck. I though it was a dull knife. What turned out was that I did not attach a dust collector and the chips were coming in the way. Once I cleansed the chips it worked like a champ with no problems whatsoever. Get this one and you will enjoy your woodworking a lot more. Most of the times the surfaces do not need to be sanded! It may be a little expensive but worth every penny. I have yet to change the blades. I am hoping that it will be an easy task.

Previously I had a Dewalt 733/34 and I did not like it.

Tools that I used most:

Makita Planer - 5 star

Festool Domino - 5 star

Bosch Table Saw - 4 star

Festool ATF 55 - 5 star

Bosch cordless drill/screw driver - 5 star

Excellent Machine!
I am a contractor and was surprised to unpack, turn on, and watch it plane perfectly. I could not be happier with this tool. As far as I am concerned, it paid for itself in the first trim out job.

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