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Benchtop Planer CT-345

Geetech - Benchtop Planer CT-345

The Geetech 12-1/2-in. planer features reversible knives that can be resharpened.

$290 (As of 1/1/2003)

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Editor's Review: Tool Test: Benchtop Planers

by Lon Schleining

review date: January 1, 2003

Today's thickness planers vary in price from less than $300 to nearly $500. In an effort to learn whether the price differences reflect the quality and features of the machines, I put nine of them through a hands-on test. To begin with, it's important that the infeed and outfeed tables be flush with the bed, and I found that all of these machines made it easy to adjust the tables up and down. In addition, I tested how accurately and smoothly the planers cut (all produced amazingly smooth cuts). I also measured the noise level of the machines, checked to see how easy it was to change knives, and gauged the effectiveness of the dust collection.

The inexpensive Geetech had the worst score on the carriage parallelism test, and the cutterhead lock was cumbersome.  On the other hand, changing knives was fast and easy, and it tied for the smallest amount of snipe.
 

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Editor Test Results:

Parallel Test 0.007 in.
Average Snipe Less than 0.001 in.
Time to Change Knives 12 minutes
Knives Can Be Sharpened Yes
Noise Rating 98 dB (Load)

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Geetech
Manufacturer's Web Site http://
Manufacturer's Phone Number
Extra Set of Knives Included No
Price for Set of Knives $29
Reversible Knives Yes
Built-in Dust Collection Hood: Optional ($22)
Speed 8,000 rpm (no load)
Amps N/A
Maximum Thickness 6 in.
Maximum Width 12-1/2 in.

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