Ratings & Reviews
Craftsman™ 4-1/8" Jointer/Planer is used to surface the face or edge of boards up to 4-1/8" wide. It features a granite table and fence system that gives you professional quality cuts.
- 7.5 Amp Universal motor, 120VAC, 60Hz
- Granite Table and fence provides a flat, smooth, hard surface for more accurate cuts
- Fence adjusts from 90° to 45° for chamfer and bevel cuts
- Cutterhead rotates at 9,250 RPM giving you precision milled edges
- 2-HSS blades are reversible which reduces downtime for blade changes, produces 18,500 CPM
- Rear dust collection chute fits 2-1/2" wet/dry vac hose (not included)
- Weight: 57lbs / 25.91 kgs
- Some Assembly Required
- 1 year general warranty
- Included Accessories: Push Blocks
Added on October 07, 2009
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Most Helpful Reviews
It has a granite bed so it 'rocks'...oh, forget it!
At $199 this was an average deal as there are so many bench top jointers out there. At $170 the deal got a lot sweeter when you consider this does have a marble bed and fence! What's the deal about marble, you ask? Well, the biggest advantage is that it will not warp or flex with changes in temperature like metal will do! The second greatest advantage is that it is slick and doesn't need waxing! Finally, I have never seen marble rust, not once! The motor on this thing is heavy enough to take care of even the hardest of woods and still quiet enough to not wake the neighbors when I used it! Down side to this unit has to be the bed width. I would really love to see this in a 6" size since that size is common in longer boards used in tables and such. Still, at 4" I can do a lot of work and save the blades on my 6" machine.
I knew this was an inexpensive tool when I bought it, so I wasn't expecting too much. I am a fairly unserious woodworker, mostly limited to outdoor furniture and such. I wanted a jointer to help with a couple tabletops and flat surfaces. At $200, this seemed like a nice fit. If it didn't provide the most accurate cuts-well now I had an excuse for those little gaps.
I picked it up and started assembling-mainly attaching the fence. There are 32 different ways to install the fence and brackets, 31 of them wrong. It took me 3 tries to get it right-and the directions and photo in the manual were no help. "Assemble as shown in figure 3". Figure 3 is a dark, blurry image in which you can't make out any details.
OK, no big deal. Its a hobby, it is supposed to kill time. I didn't even get upset with the missing lock washers-I have just sort of come to expect this of Craftsman. I guess when you ship as many tools as they do in a year, if you save a washer or two on every one, that probably adds up to a couple hundred bucks in savings.
When I got to attaching the brackets, I noticed that the holes in it which receive the mounting screws were drilled at an angle. It is pretty touch to drill and tap a hole in 1/8 inch metal at an angle, but they did it. It was a real struggle to get the fence attached and reasonably true.
The last straw- the guard spring would not keep the guard over the blade. Instead, it held the guard about 6" away from the fence, making it useless for any sort of protection.
At that point I gave up, put it back in the box, and returned it.
One last point-there are no mounting holes that will accept bolts to mount the jointer to a table. Instead there are 4 sheetmetal clips that you can screw down. Maybe not a big deal, but I like my tools well anchored and I wasn't thrilled with this.
No idea how the jointer performes-never even turned it on.
I've been shopping around for a bench-top jointer for my garage shop. What I saw at the local big name stores was either way too expensive or very cheaply made. I didn't even think about Sears at first so I was surprised when I found a bench-top model with a granite table and fence. I checked it out at our local store and was really impressed with the build and the weight of it. I read all the reviews and decided to take a chance on it and am I glad I did. I was lucky I guess that mine had no alignment problems and no shimming was required. I put it together, made sure the fence was 90 degrees to the table and it hasn't looked back. It joints edges perfectly and the small amount of planing that I've done came out great. Pros would be the granite and to me the heavy weight. Cons would be as mentioned that the depth of cut scale could be more accurate and better made. This is perfect for garage shop size projects.
I bought this puppy to replace a floor standing jointer that I had. I needed the room in my shop so I needed to downsize. This little tool is great. When edging longer boards be sure to use supports on the outfeed side and your risk of snipe will be minimal. Another nice tool from Craftsman. I think Craftsman is making a comeback guys!!
A word of caution. If you really need a floor standing 6" or 8" jointer and think this will get you by and save you some cash, it won't. It will cleanly joint about a 24" long board - maybe 30" if you are really careful. If you need to joint boards longer, don't even bother. This tool was not designed for that. Since I bought this specifically for making cutting boards and smaller items, it works fantastic. This is one of the best benchtop jointers on the market. The granite is flat, and unlike all of the others - the fence is STURDY. It isn't a flimsy aluminium extrusion. It does need to be shimmed as noted in other reviews. Save some grief. Before you even tighten the bolts, slip a washer between the back of the fence and the brackets, otherwise the edge closest to the fence will not cut clean as the fence is too far back. Other than that, it's a great product! Tables are co-planer, With a little adjustments (no hacking/tweaking), the fence is dead square and stays that way.
I encountered the same problem that others have commented on with the fence not aligning close enough to the blade, but it is easily fixed by placing the lock washer between the fence and the bracket that goes behind it...it works perfectly. I've made a bunch of hardwood flooring out of some pretty warped boards, and I've been able to edge them flawlessly. I've only had this jointer for a couple of weeks, but it's getting a workout. Really no complaints yet!
Just purchased this jointer, first one I've owned. I really like the granite feed tables and fence because they won't rust, warp or anything steel or wood will do. However, be VERY GENTLE with this tool. When I opened the box, the infeed table was broken but I called the manufacturer directly that day and a new one was shipped right out. Once I finally got my issues taken care of with the granite, getting it adjusted is not very difficult. Some shimming was necessary against the fence, but was not very difficult. Also, the assembly of the fence was a breeze. There are two brackets, one for each side, two bolts that mount the fence to each bracket and two bolts that mount each bracket to the tool. Very simple to put together, adjust, and use.
First off, understand what you're getting with this. You WILL have to tune it before using it but once you do, it'll work like a champ. Here's the list of things I had to do to mine: - Insert shims between the fence and the bracket b/c the fence was 1/32" off from the blades - Remove the out-feed table and grind down the 3 anchor points b/c the table was too high - Grind the front lip of the out-feed table b/c boards were catching This is an entry level tool. If you want to use it all the time and want it to be easily adjustable for lots of situations, buy a professional jointer. If you're like me and aren't willing to spend $500+ and don't mind taking 20 minutes to make adjustments though, you'll be happy with this one. Give Craftsman credit for being the only major company to even release an entry level jointer. My only real knock is that it doesn't come with a dust collector bag. Not the end of the world, but kinda annoying since my Kobalt shop-vac doesn't fit this
Grand Rapids, MI
A tad heavy but that is a good thing, not going to walk away while being used. Extreamly well packed with each item in it's own little foam cubby. Small enough to fit almost any size work shop.
there is a space between the cutter blades and the fence which causes the inability to plane the edge correctly. I returned it to the store and sent a replacement a week later to my home. this time the gap between blades and fence but still prevented the correct use of the planer. I was going to return it again but said to **** with it. I attached a 1/2" thick piece of wood to the fence which solved the problem. I needed the tool right away so this seemed like a solution but I am very disappointed in the product. I have purchased many craftman tools in the past but will not again in the future.
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