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Makita 2012NB vs Solid Wood5/25
1) http://www.workshoppages.com/ws/misc/wood-hardness-chart.pdf. This link shows the hardness of different wood. I am processing ironwood. According to the number, the red fresh ironwood is about 3600 hardness.
2) Ironwood has two major different color. Yellow indicates the hardest and difficult to plane. Red Ironwood is much easier to plane
3) Fresh ironwood from tree is very easy to plane. Planed ironwood will form a very hard skin, about 3-5 times harder from inner side. The "skin" becomes harder and harder as time passes.
4) Usually wood are kept on soil. As the result, sands and oil on harden. My ironwood usually has some sand on it.
5) I use the Makita 6" electric hand planer. It planes fresh ironwood of no problem. It is about 1100watt, 6.6 A, 240 volt.
6) My friend old table plane 2200 watt with 3 knifes, plane 8" ironwood with newly sharpened knife, without much problem, except getting to hot, sometimes jam, and socket melt.
Question: Makita 12" table planer 2012NB, about 1660 watt (>1100watt), will that able to plane ironwood without problem?
Hmm... Let me ask another question:
a) It looks like that Makita 2012NB is more powerful then Makita electric Hand Planer 1805NB. if 1805NB can plane ironwood at full width with careful depth adjustment (based on produced sound), can 2012NB planes 12" ironwood of no problems?
Is 2012NB really much more powerful than 1805nb?
Please post the scientific name of what you are calling "ironwood". Hundreds of species worldwide are called that, it is a meaningless name.
Same names: Bornean ironwood, billian, or ulin.
nature of the wood: very Easy to cut when it is fresh cut from tree
Becomes harder and harder as time passes.
So machine it when it is easy to work - that's a no brainer.
The 2012 NB is a 110 volt planer, so it does not have a lot of horsepower to bring to bear. While it will plane 12" wide, even in a softwood the max depth of cut at that width will be on the order of 0.5mm. With a very hard wood, the planer will struggle with all but the slightest of cuts, so it is not an efficient machine for dimensioning wood that is both hard and wide.
As for planing when green, all woods plane more easily, however the surface will not likely remain flat and true as the wood dries out. So, planing when green is normally only a rough prep stage. The wood should be dried properly to a moisture content that matches the circumstances in which the wood will be used.
i bought one and i am waiting for its arrival. i believe planning 8" shall be no problem, i hope.