21759 Portable Thickness Planer Review
The Craftsman 21759 is among the heaviest and largest of the portable thickness planers. It has an accurate digital depth readout and features an oversized paddle switch, removable lock, and nice dust-collection system
This two-speed, three-knife machine is the largest and heaviest of the group. The depth gauge has presets ranging from 1/8 in. to 1 1/4in., but as on most of the machines, the stops are a bit spongy. Unlike the other planers, however, the Craftsman has a digital depth readout, which increases its accuracy. The 12 1/2-in. extension tables have rollers on the ends, but they have quite a bit of flex. I really like the oversize paddle switch and removable lock, and the dust-collection system that allows the planer to be attached directly to a 30-gal. trash can for chip disposal. The tool left visible chatter marks when cutting at the faster speed, but they were easily removed with a light sanding. A hinged cutterhead cover makes blade changes straightforward, and a spare set of blades is included in the box. The return rollers drop into slots and can be knocked out easily, which is not great for portability. Still, this machine would be a fine addition to a small shop.