|Item Weight (lbs.):||67|
|Weight in Box (lbs.):||72|
|Cuts per Minute:||1800|
|Depth Measurement System:||No|
|Feed Rate (FPM):||26|
|Integrated Chip Management:||Yes|
|Lock On Switch:||No|
|Switch Type:||Locking Paddle Switch|
|Cord Length (Feet):||6|
|Drive Motor System:||Universal|
|Depth of Cut Range:||0 to 3/32|
|Maximum Cut Depth:||3/32"|
|Maximum Thickness of Stock (in.):||6|
|Width Cutting Capacity:||12.5|
|Warranties & Coverage:|
|General Warranty:||12 Months|
|Housing Material:||Plastic Body with Machined Aluminum Base|
|Power and Performance:|
|Package Contents:||Planer, Crank handle, Chip Chute, Manual|
Ratings & Reviews
12 Amp Bench Planer Delivers Sheer Surfaces Fast
The perfect finish every time, this Craftsman 12-1/2'' bench planer brings the strength and accuracy of two HSS double-edged blades traveling on four precision machined steel posts to every work piece. Featuring a glass-smooth granite base, whether you’re passing soft or hardwoods through this planer, each piece will glide through while the 9,400 RPM motor powers the removal of imperfections at a rate of 18,000 cuts per minute, channeling dust and debris toward the dust collection chute that easily connects with any shop vac.
If you’re serious about wood working, this 12 amp bench planer is designed for you. Built with a smooth rolling 26 foot-per-minute auto feed function, it delivers consistent results while the max 12-½ inch width and versatile 1/8–6 inch work height takes care of boards, slabs and more. Solid and dependable, its 67 pound weight ensures stability during operation, while the adjustable feed/out feed tables ensure a clean start and finish for every piece that passes through this powerful machine. A shop essential for a job well done, set-up with planer and get results you can count on.
- Craftsman 12-1/2'' bench planer included accessories: Blade change tools, dust collection chute
- 12 Amp universal motor operates with any standard household outlet
- 2-HSS double edged blades with index pin alignment for quick easy blade changes
- Roller case and cutter head travel on 4 precision machined steel posts for accurate depth settings and a smooth, quality finish
- Cutter head rotates at 9,400 RPM producing 18,000 cuts per minute
- Automatically feeds wood through the planer at 26 FPM
- In-feed and out feed extension tables fold up for fast storage
- Reversible dust collection chute connects to a wet/dry vac to keep shop clean (vac not included)
- Max work piece height: 6 in., minimum work piece height: 1/8 in.
Added on May 13, 2010
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Most Helpful Reviews
I purchased this planer with the intent of planing rough sawn red oak lumber for a number of projects I am working on. As an ?after 5:00? craftsman with enough hours in the shop since I was a tot to know what to look for, I was able to identify enough features of this planer that were attractive to me; especially for the price (which was less than list). After bringing 5/4 (1.25?), 8? random width (average 6? width) red oak boards down to 4/4 (1?) I can now say I am quite satisfied with the purchase. Here are a few positive notes for those thinking of making this purchase.
1) The planer is very powerful and was not reluctant to pull in even a 10? wide board at a half-turn interval which planes exactly .03?. You cannot plane more than that as the feed tooth begins to scrape at the surface of the board and won?t allow it to pass through. Note: Many household circuits run at 15 amps over 14 gauge electrical wire. If you bog this down enough, while even having a few lights on, you may pop your breaker. Also be sure to mount this to a fixed surface.
2) The dust collection removes 95% (+/-) of dust when used with a shop vacuum. When you?re removing .25? of lumber over 8? you?re actually taking off a very large amount of wood. Prepare for frequent trips to the woods to dump your dust or consider a larger dust collection system. Note: Shop vacuums can run at 10+ amps. Be sure to verify your circuit?s breaker is enough to satisfy the requirements of 20+ amps before running a shop vaccum on the same circuit as your planer.
3) I was able to plane 25 8? random width (average 6? width) red oak boards from 5/4 (1.25?) down to 4/4 (1?) before I began to notice the need to give the board a bit of assistance to feed through the machine. If you read the instructions (and I suggest you read them twice!) the troubleshooting section suggests you clean wood chips from the roller chains or from the out feed roller if this is to happen. But what it doesn?t mention is that a more logical reason for the board not feeing is because the blades have become dull and it takes more time for the wood to be planed than the rollers can feed. What it also doesn?t describe in more thorough detail, is that the blades can be flipped once dull and the other side is sharp as new. You basically get a free set of blades with the machine. So use the amount that I just described as a starting point to keep an eye on the feeding lag.
4) Blades are inexpensive and quite easy to both reverse and replace. Other brands can charge a much more aggressive premium for replacement blades. I saved enough money buying rough sawn lumber and planing them myself over finished lumber than I was able to buy this planer and an extra set of blades and still have money left over.
Here are a few less than positive thoughts.
1) The blade access tray is tough to remove. It requires some muscle so don?t be afraid of pushing on it a bit to get it to pop out.
2) The two top screws fastening the top return roller on the power switch side worked their way out while in use and the machine nearly collapsed on itself. I also almost passed the screw right the planer. Be sure they?re tight.
3) One full turn in either direction of the elevation lever does not equal 1/16? as posted. Again, one-half turn is equal to exactly .03? so a full turn will give you .06?.
4) This planer uses brushes and they need to be checked frequently and replaced when worn. Most around-the-house craftsman will not be used to this feature.
5) It is very powerful therefore it is LOUD. Wear ear protection.
The only reason I bought this particular planer is the fact that it has a granite table. There were less expensive planers out there but they had metal tables. It does not perform as well as some comparable planers I have operated. I probably will not buy another.
Osceola Mills, PA
I have used this to plane down every thing from pine to hickory and locust, not 1 problem. the box was a bit squashed when it arrived and the top of the planer was pushed over. just had to loosen the top screw and move it back in place. as long as it's used they way it's supposed to it should last a good long time. I do get some snipe, but it may be user error. easy to take apart and clean, with the thumb screws.
Sipe is a little more than I would like , but I don't have a lot of experience with bench top planers , but can be dealt with .Does a good job for the price . Blade nicked a little to easy , in my opinion .
San Antonio, TX
I should have added this unit to my "STABLE OF TOOLS" years ago. I make potting benches and outdoor planters out of reclaimed fencing. I used to clean up the wood, for hours, with a plane and then a combination of belt sanding and orbital sanding. No more! Two passes, most times, and the wood is done. Sometimes I finish up with 320 grit on the orbital sander, if I want the wood extra smooth.
Decent planer for small projects. Not made for planing 8 foot boards but as long as you keep your boards smaller than five feet, the planer will do the job.
I've had this planer for about 3 months. I am very satisfied with this planer. I've have been planning 8/4 x 8? 8 foot long of red oak down to 1 3/8? for some interior doors that I?m making. It takes total of 8 boards to make one door so that?s a lot of planning and it has the power to pull that heavy stock thru. I even made a planer sled so I don?t have it rip the boards to 6? to fit on my jointer. The knifes will last for about two doors than they can be flipped around one time. When the knifes are starting to get dull the boards will not feed as easy. As the manual says lift the boards at the end to help with the snipe which works great. You can?t beat the price. The only thing I would like it to have would be a thickness stop. Overall I?m very satisfied with this planer.
I tear down and reuse wooden pallets. I have used a planer before but this is the first one I owned. It works really well and I have ran probably about 200 ft through it now. The things That I don't like about it are that the handle that raises the deck up and down doesn't lock and can move if you don't watch it. Also one of the small magnetic handles used to remove and replace the blades had the magnet come out the first time I used it. Other than that it works great and I have had it for about 18 months now.
Works like a champ. The depth of cut scale was off slightly & I had a screw come of top while using it for the first time. The yellow key that you need to start planer is too loose & falls out easily, do not lose this key. Keep your cuts 1/32" to 1/16" deep and wood looks great.
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