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Benchtop Planer CS6005

Pro-Tech - Benchtop Planer CS6005

Pro-Tech’s 13-in. planer features reversible knives that can be resharpened.

$330 (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.

A long cutterhead-locking lever on the moderately priced Pro-Tech took a lot of effort to engage, and it tied for longest time to change knives. On the other hand, there was minimal snipe and very good carriage parallelism.

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Editor Test Results:

Parallel Test 0.002 in.
Average Snipe 0.0020 in.
Time to Change Knives 25 minutes
Knives Can Be Sharpened Yes
Noise Rating 98 dB (load)

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Pro-Tech
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-888-6603
Extra Set of Knives Included Yes
Price for Set of Knives $30
Reversible Knives Yes
Built-in Dust Collection Hood: Optional ($20)
Speed 9,900 rpm (no load)
Amps N/A
Maximum Thickness 6 in.
Maximum Width 13 in.

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