Makita DKP181Z 18v LXT Brushless Cordless Planer Li-ion Bare Tool 18 V Review 

Thanks for taking your time to read our review of the Makita DKP181Z LXT 82mm 18 V Li-ion Body Only Cordless Planer. Below we have included a full and detailed review of this highly popular choice for UK buyers.

How Buyers Rate the Makita DKP181Z?

Buyer Satisfaction

98% buyer satisfaction based on 100+ online buyer reviews

  • 91% of all online buyers gave this a full 5 star review
  • 1% of all buyers gave this a poor review

We see very few ratings as high as this. Over 90% 5 star reviews are pretty unheard of, so you can be sure this planer is of the highest quality and is most likely the best cordless planer you could find.

What Buyers Say about this Makita Planer


  • Buyers stated that this was a great quality tool and a joy to use  
  • Most buyers agreed that it was powerful enough for most jobs
  • The majority of buyers said they liked the 3 year warranty and that it was made in the UK
  • Buyers all loved the dust extraction facility
  • Overall, most buyers thought it was good value for money and a viable alternative to the corded version


  • A couple of buyers said that the corded model planes 4mm instead of the 3mm that this one can do
  • I could find no other complaints

A lot of tradesmen are changing all their tools to cordless over time and 98% of buyers would recommend this model of planer. They feel it is reasonably priced and powerful enough for any job they have to do.

It may not go as deep as the corded model but its getting close.

The Specifications at a Glance

  • 33.5 x 21 x 19.5 cm; 3.5 Kilograms
  • Comes with a brushless motor
  • Planning width 82 mm ,Voltage - 18 Volts
  • Planning depth 3.0 mm
  • Equipped with 2 blade cutter head with double edge carbide blade
  • The front base features 3 chamfering groove options
  • Maximum rebate depth 25 mm
  • No load speed 12,000 RPM 
  • Click depth adjustment knob
  • Settings from 0 to 3mm for precise depth
  • Connectable to Makita dust extraction systems
  • Equipped with Battery Protection Circuit
  • Blade cutter head with double carbide blades

Makita DKP181Z - Key Features


The DKP181Z is a very powerful 18V Li-ion Planer, delivering up to 12,000 rpm and is able to plane 3mm. Many corded versions can manage 4mm at a time but buyers dont see this as a problem and prefer to have the flexibilty of this cordless model to the extra depth provided by the corded counterpart.

Dust extraction

The dust bag catches 90% of the dust and is easy and clean to empty. The bag is a bit bulky to carry around but its totally worth the hassle as there is very little cleaning up to be done after.

The bag doesn't actually come with the tool, so you have to buy it too but I would highly advise you do that as it will save you a lot of time.


No lead, no extention cables, no trouble working outdoors. This planer is light to carry and use. It can be left in your tool box and is ready to go at any time. It's brilliant for awkward jobs and is surprisingly quiet.

A very quick video review

We have looked over all the video reviews and found this great short presentation on this Makita power tool. It gives you an instant idea of what to expect as well as telling you all the features and spec in and easy to understand format.

I hope you enjoy watching it as I always think its much better to see a tool in action rather than just reading about it or seeing pictures. This guy is particularly good at explaining the features of the cordless planer and he is well known for demonstrating Makita tools.

The Makita Brand

The Makita brand sell a wide range of cordless tools and tools for the construction and demolition industries. They also sell some garden machinery. They sell their tools through various stores in the UK including B&Q, Screwfix, Cromwell, Jewson, Buildbase, Bradfords, Wickes and more.

Their HQ is in Japan. Their Telford manufacturing plant is the only full-production facility for power tools in the UK and has been successfully running construction on many of our top line cordless power tools since 1991.

Makita believe that for a good tool you need a good motor, and Makita makes every effort to make sure their motors are of the best quality. They use premium grade steel to produce armature shafts and gears, and only steel of the highest grade is used.

They also complete quality control tests on each and every, machine that leaves their manufacturing plants.

Our Verdict on the Makita DKP181Z Cordless Planer

Absolutely brilliant tool that is getting some of the best reviews and ratings that I have ever seen. There have been thousands of buyers and this is really a 10 out of 10 tool for me.

It will do the job of any corded planer and is really a pleasure to work with. Light, flexible and has plenty of power.

This will fit in especially well if you already have a range of Makita tools and I have to say it is extremely well priced for what you are getting.

If you are not sure that this is the model for you then check out our article on the Best Cordless Planers for some more information.

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