Tool Review: Makita 1806B 6-3/4-Inch Planer

makita-1806b-reviewDon’t let the simple look of the powerful Makita 1806B 10.9 amp, 6-3/4-inch planer fool you. It’s a rugged and powerful tool that’s ideal for timber framing. You can easily dress timbers and use this tool to square up timbers before layout.  Here are some of the most important things to know before you buy it.

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Precision

how-to-adjust-a-makita-1806-planerOne of the best things about this planer is its precision. You can adjust the depth easily for consistent and razor-sharp accuracy on each beam. The cut quality is excellent for tougher woods like oak and makes quick work of softwoods.

Control

You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy this tool is to control when you use it. Since it’s so stable and heavy, you won’t notice much difference between cutting soft or hard woods. There’s minimal vibration because of the weight and sturdiness of the tool. The result is a much smoother surface the first time around and in a much shorter amount of time.

Features And Specs

These are the main specs and features:

  • 15,000 RPMs
  • 30,000 cuts per minute
  • Multiple depth adjustments
  • Lock-on button for continuous operation
  • Sturdy sole plate
  • Double insulation
  • Comfort handle
  • Swing-down blade protector
  • Two-blade cutter head
  • Aligned grips for added control
  • Maximum cut size of 6.75 inches

If you buy the tool new, it also comes with a blade set, multiple rule guides, a wrench, a sharpening holder assembly and a really nice wooden case.

Weight

For some people, one of the minor disadvantages of this tool may be its weight. If you’re expecting a light tool, you’ll be disappointed. However, you’d be even more disappointed if you bought a cheap lightweight planer. Part of what makes this tool so precise and easy to control is its solid construction.

If you want to avoid arm fatigue, the best way to use it is to make small cuts.  Also, don’t forget to wax the base and keep it clean.

Cost

makita-1806b-planer-kit-itemsThis planer is definitely not the cheapest and may not be immediately affordable for shoppers with tight budgets. Even if you need to postpone a little while to make a purchase, this tool is definitely worth the wait. .

With the long-lasting durability of a Makita and the overall usefulness of this power-packed planer, your investment is worth every penny. You could buy a different smaller planer for one-half of the price. However, the performance and quality you’d get from it would be about one-third of what you get from this planer. Also, Makita offers a great year-long warranty if you buy the tool new.

Should I Buy It?

If you’re considering buying it, if you need an above-average planer and if you have the funds, you absolutely should buy it. This tool does everything it’s supposed to and will probably even exceed your expectations. Also, it’s built to be resilient enough to last a long time whether it spends most of its time on your tool shelf or on the work table.

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7 Responses to Tool Review: Makita 1806B 6-3/4-Inch Planer

  1. Robert woelk January 9, 2017 at 12:26 am #

    I bought this one last year for our log cabin build, very happy with it. One does get a work out with it.lol

  2. timber January 11, 2017 at 8:54 am #

    The biggest drawback to this tool is that it does not have a carbide blade. Disassembly for sharpening is a multi-step process, and getting the tool back in running order will take about 40 minutes. For this reason alone, I have used it less and less in my timber-framing. When rough sandpaper on an 8″ circular wheel won’t cut it fast enough, I just use a 4″ electric planer with reversible carbide blades. Overall, a better and cheaper solution. I have used an 1806B for 18 years now–this is not an unconsidered post. This is a quality tool, but it has its shortcomings, which were not (other than the weight) noted in the review above.

    • Brice Cochran January 11, 2017 at 10:52 am #

      Thanks for your feedback and great point. I have not found that I needed to change the blades out that frequently to be a hassle however, it has mostly been used on softwoods and not a hardwood. I have my tried and true 3 1/2″ planer as well, it is a workhorse, but it is handy that you can clean up something that is 12″ wide in two passes especially, when tiring to square something up.

      • timber February 1, 2017 at 8:57 am #

        Good point about hard woods and soft woods. I do quite a bit of oak, as it turns out, and even the pine I work with is pretty knotty..

  3. David Gendron January 24, 2017 at 1:00 pm #

    This one or the 12″ Makita… I have access and worked with eh 12″ model, but I sometime think it is over kill on 5 to 10 inch timbers, what would you buy if you could buy only one?

    Cheer

    • Brice Cochran January 24, 2017 at 4:11 pm #

      The 12″ is an overkill beast of a tool but well worth the money if you can swing it. It weighs in close to 50 lbs but make quick work of cleaning up timbers. Planning on reviewing the Makita and Mafell in a future article.

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