Makita 2012NB 12″ Planer with Interna-Lok Head Clamp

Last updated date: March 28, 2019

Review Melt Score
9.0

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 49 expert reviews, the Makita Makita 2012NB 12" Planer with Interna-Lok Head Clamp placed 2nd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.5
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
306 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
distances itself from competitors with an easy blade change system and quiet operation
- BestReviews
Compact with less weight for easy transporting to the jobsite, Engineered for faster, easier blade changes
- Chainsaw Journal
4-post design with a diagonal cross for an improved stability
- Cut The Wood
Interna-Lok clamp system. Light enough to move from place to place. Sturdy cast-aluminum build.
- Cozzy
e Makita 2012NB 12-inch planer is small but powerful enough to easily take with you to any job site no matter what type of materials you may be working with.
- Best Planers
What experts didn't like
several customers wished it came with a dust collection shroud
- BestReviews
No sensor to let you know it’s too hot
- Cut The Wood
Overheating can be a problem. Snipe isn’t eliminated completely.
- Cozzy

From The Manufacturer

The Makita 2012NB 12 in. Portable Planer delivers portability and productivity with a compact design, quieter operation, and faster, easier blade changes. It features Makita's exclusive Interna-Lok automated head clamp to eliminate snipe for improved planing performance. The 15 Amp motor delivers a no-load speed of 8,500 RPM and lower noise (only 83dB). The Makita 12 in. planer is engineered for finish woodworking and is ideal for cabinets, closets, staircase, furniture, and more.

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