13″ Portable Planers

We test 7 premium machines to find out which one belongs in your shop.
By David Thiel
Pages: 57-61

From the February 2004 issue #139
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Since our last review of portable planers in 2001, several manufacturers have introduced 13″-wide machines, and a couple even have two feeding speeds. So it was clear that it was time to take another look.

The two most significant changes are from Craftsman and DeWalt. Craftsman has added powered height adjustment that raises or lowers the cutterhead with the push of a lever. Also, a new internal dust-collection fan pulls chips away from the cutterhead and into a garbage can without a dust collector.

From the February 2004 issue #139
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