Makita Cordless Planer Planer & Joiner Reviews

Makita XPK02Z Cordless Planer


Makita Advances Cordless Planing for Carpentry Projects

The Makita XPK02Z cordless planer improves significantly on the 3-1/4″ XPK01Z. The new tool seems more refined and adds many welcome features missing from the older model. The new tool seems much more suited for anyone looking for a cordless planing solution that frees you up on the job site. We could see this coming in handy for window installers, deck installation, and all kinds of remodeling work and on-site finish carpentry.

10-Second Summary

  • Model: Makita XPK02Z
  • Brushless motor
  • Speed: 15,000 RPM
  • Max planing: 3-1/4 in. wide x 1/8 in. depth
  • 2-blade cutter head w/double edge carbide blades
  • Spring-loaded stand
  • Depth adjustment: 0 – 7/64 in.
  • Aluminum base w/3 chamfering grooves
  • Selectable left/right chip ejection
  • Electric brake
  • AWS compatible
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Price: $249.99

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Key Makita XPK02Z Features

The Makita XPK02Z cordless planer features the expected brushless motor. It drives the 2-blade cutter head at up to 15,000 RPM for fast stock removal. They also implemented Automatic Speed Change electronics to better adjust cutting speed when the tool comes under load. Instead of bogging down, the motor will draw the required power to keep up the RPMs.

While the 3-1/4-inch wide cutting path doesn’t surprise us, the maximum 1/8-inch chip removal does. That’s an aggressive system in terms of capability.

Double-Edged Carbide Blades

Makita claims the double-edged carbide blades leave a smooth finish on your workpiece. We look forward to testing that out. Makita also designed the blade setting system for fast blade installation, and the electric brake stops blades fast when you let go of the trigger.

Makita Cordless Planer

Makita has precision machined the aluminum base for better accuracy, and offers three chamfering groove options. An easy-to-read click-depth adjustment knob can be set between 0″ to 7/64″ for precise depth adjustment.

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AWS Compatible

Makita has designed the XPK02Z cordless planer with AWS compatibility for use with its AWS dust extractors. That means you pair the tool to the vacuum and the suction engages when you pull the trigger. If you use a standard vacuum, the planer now features left/right adjustable chip ejection to direct to either side of the tool.

When you find yourself in between passes, a spring-loaded stand (which we see a lot on modern hand planers) keeps the blades off the work surface. We also like the weight of this tool—just 7.8 pounds with a battery installed.

Price and Warranty

The Makita 18V cordless planer retails for $249.99 as a bare tool. It comes with Makita’s 3-year warranty.

Makita Cordless Planer Specs

  • Model: Makita XPK02Z
  • Planing width: 3-1/4 in.
  • Planing depth: 1/8 in.
  • Speed (max): 12,000 RPM
  • Length: 13-1/8 in.
  • Weight (with battery): 7.8 lbs.
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Price: $249.99
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