Craftsman - 21759 Portable Thickness Planer - Fine Homebuilding Tool Review
  • Inside a Model Remodel
    Inside a Model Remodel
  • 9 Concrete Countertop Ideas
    9 Concrete Countertop Ideas
  • Design Inspiration
    Design Inspiration
  • All about Roofing
    All about Roofing
  • 7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
    7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
  • Ultimate Deck Build 2015
    Ultimate Deck Build 2015
  • Read FHB on Your iPad
    Read FHB on Your iPad
  • Tips & Techniques for Painting
    Tips & Techniques for Painting
  • Energy-Smart Details
    Energy-Smart Details
  • Remodeling Articles
    Remodeling Articles
  • Magazine Departments
    Magazine Departments
  • Deck Design & Construction
    Deck Design & Construction
  • 7 Small Bathroom Layouts
    7 Small Bathroom Layouts
  • Video Series: Tile a Bathroom
    Video Series: Tile a Bathroom
  • Basement Remodeling Tips
    Basement Remodeling Tips
  • Master Carpenter Videos
    Master Carpenter Videos
  • 7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
    7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
  • Install a Vinyl Privacy Fence
    Install a Vinyl Privacy Fence
  • Clever daily tip in your inbox
    Clever daily tip in your inbox
Pin It
21759 Portable Thickness Planer

Craftsman - 21759 Portable Thickness Planer

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

$530.00 (As of 5/1/2009)

Be the first to review this Tool

View all photos

Editor's Review: Tool Test: Portable Thickness Planers

review date: May 1, 2009

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.

read full review

Editor Test Results:

Overall Rating Good

Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Craftsman
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-697-3277
Weight 98 lb.
Dimensions N/A
Amps N/A
Cut N/A
Standard Blades N/A

Next Article
Next Article: