Craftsman 12 Amp Benchtop Planer

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
3.8
out of 5
Brand:
Craftsman
Model:
21758
Price:
$280

Description

• 12-amp universal motor operates at 120 V
• Max workpiece width: 12.5"
• Max workpiece height: 6"
• Minimum workpiece height: 1/8"
• 2-HSS double edged blades with index pin alignment for easy blade changes
• Rollercase and cutterhead travel on 4 precision machined steel posts for accurate depth settings and smooth quality finish
• Cutterhead rotates at 9,400 RPM producing 18,000 cuts per minute
• Automatically feeds wood through the planer at 26 FPM
• Infeed and outfeed extension tables fold up for storage
• Reversible dust collection chute connects to a wet/dry vac to keep shop clean (vac not included)
• Weight: 67 lbs.
• 1 year warranty

WOOD magazine review

Good-value, no-frills planer

Review Summary

High Points: ↑ Auto-locking two-knife cutterhead and magnetic tool make knife changes easy. ↑ The smooth, flat granite table won’t warp. Low Points: ↓ Short infeed and outfeed tables (7") provide less support for long workpieces. ↓ No preset thickness stops and no depth-of-cut gauge. ↓ It comes only with a 2" dust port. ↓ At 99 dB running without load, it’s the loudest in our test of 11 benchtop planers.

Detailed Ratings

3.3
out of 5

Performance

3

Features

3

Ease of Use

3

Value

4

Reader Reviews

Nice for the Price

Review Summary

This little planer did a very good job with only 2 cutting blades. The blades could be turned and would give a new edge, for very little cost. It was build for light duty use and some of the parts would fail under heavy work. I have to carry extra fans and other plastic parts that would wear or break, and extra blades to keep them super sharp. That gave it the ability to really make a smooth surface.
I did upgrade to a moulder planer from Jet which did not give as smooth as the Craftsman, and the blades (3) cost about 8 time as much given the fact that the Craftsman were double edged, but not able to be resharpened. Sharpening the Jet blades cost almost as much as the a new set of Craftsman blades.

Detailed Ratings

3.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

3

Ease of Use

4

Value

3

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