|Item Weight||61.9 pounds|
|Package Dimensions||23 x 17.25 x 15 inches|
|Item model number||CMEW320|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Included Components||(1) CMEW320 Benchtop Planer|
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CRAFTSMAN Benchtop Planer, 15-Amp (CMEW320)
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- 15 amp benchtop thickness Planer motor allows for superior stock removal as its 8, 000 RPM cutter head speed provides 16, 000 cuts per minute. The two-knife, quick-change, solid steel cutter head assures smooth operation and long life. Ideal for dimensioning lumber to a desired thickness, and even planes glued-up materials.
- Hard and soft wood material removal: 15 amp motor provides power for both hard and soft wood material removal
- Maximum stock removal: Poly-V Cutterhead drive for maximum stock removal
- Smooth operation: Two knife, quick change, solid steel cutter, head mounted on ball bearings, assures smooth operation and long life
- Longer cutting life: high carbon steel, double edged, Reversible knives for cutting life
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Create Flat Surfaces with Ease
With the CRAFTSMAN Benchtop Planer, you will be able to experience a powerful 15Amp motor that is capable of handling the most demanding jobs. The four column design of this tool provides excellent stability for smooth, accurate planning.
Simple to Use
The CRAFTSMAN Benchtop Planer includes a two knife setup, quick change, solid steel cutter, head mounted on ball bearings and other features that assures smooth operation.
Support for Longer Working Life
Made with high carbon steel, this double edged tool comes with reversible knives for a longer cutting life.
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This planer is pretty nice and fairly inexpensive. I was on the fence between this one and the DeWalt for a hundred bucks more. At the end of the day I'm not a professional woodworker, so I opted to get the craftsman. And I don't regret it. The dewalt has a few nicer features, like 3 blades and a depth of cut indicator (Which is different from a thickness indicator), which is the only real knock I have against this planer.
I had the chance to use the planer for the first time tonight, I was milling some rough cut walnut down from ~5/4" to 3/4". Setup was pretty easy, although the tables did not come completely level out of the box, and I needed to take apart the middle table to get the blue plastic film off (A little annoying). To set this planer up you should set it on a LEVEL bench top and use a level to get the outer tables level with the inner table by adjusting the 4 bolts under them. It took me a few minutes, but easy enough.
The dust collection works quite well, and it's very nice that you can put it together with the chute facing either way. With my shop vac the thing is practically dust free... I was astounded by that.
There is a bit of snipe in the last 2" if you do not set something for outfeeding the board to hold up the end as it slides out. Once I set up a piece of wood roughly level with the outfeed table on the planer the snipe was mostly gone. This is fairly typical with lunchbox planers that I've seen... But if you've set it up well from the start and you set something up to catch your piece as it comes out, this shouldn't be a big deal.
It also leaves a very nice smooth surface on the wood, which I was pleasantly surprised by. I'll still have to sand, but it looks pretty nice right out of the planer.
I did knock a star off because the Dewalt has some better features and the setup was a bit finicky at first. And also because the height adjustment handle has more play in it than the dewalt does (I tried both in the store, the dewalt has practically none). Overall I highly recommend this tool. I think it's better than the other options in the same price class.
By the way for anyone who is looking for planer knives, this planer is identical to the Porter Cable PC305TP (Also a Stanley-Black and Decker product). The knives are the same for this one and that one. But craftsman does not publish a part number for the knives. Which is also kind of a knock against the planer (Not publishing a part number for a consumable). That part number is PC22562
Update: the gauge drove me crazy since I was constantly converting measurements to 10ths of an inch. I covered the gauge with a masking tape ruler which has fixed the problem. However, Craftsman should have known to put a better ruler on there in the 1st place.
Update: snipe is easy to fix. Make sure the board is being inserted straight. Don't make deep cuts all that once, do smaller passes multiple times to help prevent snipe