21758 Benchtop Planer - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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21758 Benchtop Planer

21758 Benchtop Planer

Craftsman’s model 21758 planer has a motor rated at 12 amps and uses two 12-1/2-in. blades

$250 (As of )

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Editor's Review:

by Kelly J. Dunton

review date: January 1, 1900

The knives on this planer were easy to access, and springs underneath the gib lift it up so that you can remove the knife without removing the screws. The 21⁄2-in.-dia. dust port can be oriented to exit on either side of the machine. This planer’s cutterhead was significantly out of parallel and the snipe was bad. The top of the machine has a single stock roller, so you can’t rest boards there between passes. Because of a little tab molded into the cutterhead’s housing, you cannot take off more than 1⁄64 in. with a single pass unless your stock is narrow enough to pass through on either side of the tab. The Craftsman also is one of four planers without a gauge that indicates how much material is about to be removed.

Editor Test Results:

Overall Rating n/a

Editor's Review: Tool Test: Benchtop Thickness Planers

by Roland Johnson

review date: December 1, 2007

This is a lightweight, entry-level, no-frills planer. No cutterhead lock and short tables are most likely the reasons for some exit snipe. Dust collection is fair on this machine. The planer leaves a good surface.

Photo: Anissa Kapsales

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Editor Test Results:

Parallel Test 0.005 out of parallel
Average snipe 0.006 infeed snipe; 0.001 outfeed snipe
Time to change knives 8:16
Knives can be sharpened No
Noise Rating N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Extra set of knives included No
Price for Set of Knives $25.99
Reversible Knives Yes
Built-in Dust Collection No
Speed 9,400 rpm
Amps 12 amps
Maximum Thickness 6 in.
Maximum Width 12-1/2 in.

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