Makita has augmented its hand tool range with a new cordless planer and a cross line laser.
The new BKP180 cordless planer utilises Makita’s 18 v Lithium-ion battery technology is said to have the same performance as the company’s mains-powered equivalent. It has an 82 mm cutting width and can take cuts of up to 2 mm and rebates up to 9 mm deep. The cut depth can be adjusted in 0.01 mm increments using the fine adjustment knob at the front of the planer.
Its rotating drum spins at a 14,000 rpm and holds two double sided and interchangeable cutting blades. When not cutting the blades are protected because as the planer is lifted clear of the material, a small foot drops from the baseplate to keep the blades off the material or bench protecting both the surface and blades from damage.
With the 18 V battery pack attached, the plane weighs 3.4 kg. Its central top handgrip has a Softgrip covering and a large exhaust connector on the right hand side enables an independent dust extraction unit to collect the waste material as it is generated.
The planer is available as a body-only for those who already have a number of 18 v Makita Lithium-ion cells, or as a complete kit with charger and two 3.0 Ah Li-ion cells. Makita’s air cooled Makstar Optimum Charging System can recharge a battery pack in 22 minutes but it says there are too many variables (depth of cut, material and so on) to give a meaningful figure for the expected running time on a single charge.
Cross line laser
Also added to Makita’s product range is the new SK102Z cross line laser. This general-purpose unit has a range of up to 15 m - or 30 m when used in conjunction with a receiver - and is accurate to within 0.3 mm per metre in both the vertical and horizontal planes. It has a self-levelling function and a visible warning if it is out of level because there is more unevenness than the system can accommodate.
The unit has three laser mode options: continuous, pulse mode and lower light emission levels. Power for the unit is provided by three AA batteries which give a run time of about 11 hours and the unit has a magnetic base for mounting on steelwork. It is also equipped with a ‘keyhole’ for hanging it on a screwhead and a 1/4 inch thread with a 5/8 inch thread adaptor for mounting it on a tripod.
Protecting the finely tuned laser equipment is the SK102Z’s robust rubber cover and the unit also has IP54-standard protection against dust and water ingress.