13. Never stick your finger into the chip chute.
Chute may jam when cutting damp wood. Clean
out chips with a stick.
14. Do not leave the tool running. Operate the tool
only when hand-held.
15. When leaving the planer, switch off and set it
with the front base up on a wooden block, so
that the blades do not contact anything.
16. Always change both blades or covers on the
drum, otherwise the resulting imbalance will
cause vibration and shorten tool life.
17. Wait for complete run-down before putting the
18. Use only Makita blades specified in this manual.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS.
Installing or removing battery cartridge (Fig. 1)
• Always switch off the tool before insertion or removal of
the battery cartridge.
• To remove the battery cartridge, withdraw it from the
tool while pressing the buttons on both sides of the car-
• To insert the battery cartridge, align the tongue on the
battery cartridge with the groove in the housing and slip
it into place. Always insert it all the way until it locks in
place with a little click. If not, it may accidentally fall out
of the tool, causing injury to you or someone around
• Do not use force when inserting the battery cartridge. If
the cartridge does not slide in easily, it is not being
Adjusting depth of cut (Fig. 2 & 3)
The depth of cut can be adjusted in 0.1 mm increments
within a range of 0 – 0.5 mm. Turn the knob on the front
of the tool until the pointer is aligned with the desired cut-
ting depth on the scale.
The knob can be turned beyond the 0.5 mm graduation.
However, do not operate the tool with a depth of cut more
than 0.5 mm. The motor may be burned out or the battery
cartridge may be damaged.
Switch action (Fig. 4)
Before inserting the battery cartridge into the tool, always
check to see that the switch trigger actuates properly and
returns to the "OFF" position when released.
To prevent the switch trigger from being accidentally
pulled, a lock-off button is provided.
To start the tool, depress the lock-off button and pull the
switch trigger. Release the switch trigger to stop.
Planing operation (Fig. 5)
First, rest the tool front base flat upon the workpiece sur-
face without the blades making any contact. Switch on
and wait until the blades attain full speed. Then move the
tool gently forward. Apply pressure on the front of tool at
the start of planing, and at the back at the end of planing.
Planing will be easier if you incline the workpiece which
is suitably clamped, so that you can plane somewhat
The speed and depth of cut determine the kind of finish.
The power planer keeps cutting at a speed that ensures
that wood chips do not cause the planer to jam. For
rough cutting, the depth of cut can be increased, while for
a good finish you should reduce the depth of cut and
advance the tool more slowly.
Edge fence (Guide rule) (Fig. 6)
Use the edge fence when shiplapping (rabbeting) or cut-
ting workpieces nearly 50 mm wide. Install the edge
fence on the tool and secure it with the washer and
thumb screw (A). Loosen the thumb screw (B) and adjust
the edge fence until it comes in contact with the side of
the workpiece. Then tighten the thumb screw (B)
You may wish to add to the length of the fence by attach-
ing an extra piece of wood. Convenient holes are pro-
vided in the fence for this purpose. (Fig. 7)
To make a stepped cut as shown in Fig. 8, use the edge
fence (guide rule).
Draw a cutting line on the workpiece. Align the blade
edge with the cutting line. (Fig. 9)
Then adjust the edge fence as explained in the "Edge
fence" section. When planing, move the tool with the
edge fence flush with the side of the workpiece. Other-
wise uneven planing may result.
Max. shiplapping (rabbeting) depth is 15 mm.
Before shiplapping, adjust the blade so that the end pro-
trudes slightly from the side of the drum.
Chamfering (Fig. 10, 11 & 12)
To make a cut as shown in Fig. 10, align the "V" groove in
the front base with the edge of the workpiece and plane it
as shown in Fig. 12. It chamfers up to 5.6 mm in a single
Dust bag (Fig. 13 & 14)
Install the dust bag on the nozzle of the tool. When
installing it, push the bag's entry port toward the nozzle
as far as it will go to prevent it from comming off during
For the best results, empty the dust bag when it becomes
about half full. Remove the dust bag from the tool and
pull out the fastener.
If you connect a Makita vacuum cleaner Model 406 to
this tool, more efficient and cleaner operations can be