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I'm looking to purchase either the makita 2012nb or the jet jwp12 thicknesser, any one got good or bad comments about either of them?
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They look enough alike that they may actually be the same machine Bob. I'm pretty sure that neither Jet nor Makita make them. They are made in a Taiwanese factory and Jet and Makita get their names put on them with a few possible minor variations in design. The motors and the basic frame wouldn't have much if any variation I would think.

I know that the clear winner in tool tests has been the DeWalt 735 and it is also the most expensive. The DeWalt 734 and a Rigid have come in second. The problem may be though that those are North American models designed for 120v circuits so I don't know if the equivalent of those are available to you.

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Charles, the 735 is off the list because of its weight of 95 kgs. I am so limited in space that this has to movable by me alone.
the 734 is not sold in europe, but the 733 is the EU version.

The 733 though is very noisy, spec sheet lists it at 108 db, which is heavy metal rock band loud. Ok for me with ear muffs, but the neighbours.....

The makita is rated at 85 db (quietest on the market, and HUGE drop from 108) which is is best selling point for me, as well as it only being around 30kgs. The jet though, is a GB£100 cheaper, so thats the reason for considering it. I'm trying to find out the noise level on the jet.
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I have a lunch box style Makita planer and it works great, not terribly noisy either. But my model has only two blades, although it produces good results. When I bought it several years ago, it had a pretty high rating, but the 735 was not available. I have to add a separate dust exhaust port for it, it is not built in. Jointer and planer produce enormous amounts of fluffy chips, so you'll want good dust collection. I'm still finding chips from the first time I used it.

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Tom, as far as i know, makita only make the one thicknesser, so yours must be the same as the one I'm looking at. i know they sell a dust hood as an accessory, which is really nasty, how can that be an accessory? good to know its quiet. Thanks
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Bob I bought a used DW735 and have it on a cart with my Ridgid spindle sander. The cart is cheap one I bought from Harbor Freight. I have to be careful when moving it because it will tip over. I am like you in that I have limited space and I don't want to be lifting it up and down.

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Don, I have to shop in the UK. The de walt europe stuff that I have had experience of has not been first rate. From whats available to me at a reasonable cost without going to the bottom end of the market, its either the makita or the jet
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