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Craftsman 7.5 amp 4-1/8" Bench Top Planer/Jointer (21789)
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Craftsman 7.5 amp 4-1/8" Bench Top Planer/Jointer (21789)

Item# 00921789000P | Model# 21789 | Added on October 7, 2009
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7.5-Amp 4-1/8-Inch Bench Top Planer/Jointer Delivers Professional Cutting
People who are outfitting their work spaces can't go wrong with the Craftsman 7.5-amp 4-1/8-inch bench top planer/jointer. Whether you are a homeowner who likes to take on a few projects a year during your spare time or you have a full-time construction company, this bench top jointer/planer is a great option. Craftsman delivers only high-quality gear, ensuring that every job you do with their tools looks professional.
The 4-1/8-inch bench top planer/jointer features a granite table and fence system. The fence adjusts from 90 degrees to 45 degrees for chamfer and bevel cuts, offering job flexibility. With a flat, smooth, hard surface, you get accurate cuts every time. Users can surface the face or the edge of their boards up to 4-1/8-inch wide, while a 7.5-amp universal motor delivers more power, allowing you to tackle tough jobs with ease.

  • Surface boards like a pro with the Craftsman 7.5-amp 4-1/8 in. bench top planer/jointer
  • Cutterhead rotates at 9,250 RPM for precision milled edges
  • Granite table and fence offer a flat, smooth, hard surface for accurate cutting
  • 90-degree to 45-degree fence adjustment range for bevel and chamfer cuts
  • Two high-speed steel blades are reversible
  • Rear dust collection chute fits 2-1/2" wet /dry vac hose (not included)
  • Includes push blocks
  • 4.125 in. wide
  • Weighs 57 lbs.
  • Some assembly required
  • Comes with a general one-year warranty
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24 found this review helpful
by northwoodswoodwork
October 13th, 2013
works just fine!

I'm a 4th generation woodworker and make a living building furniture and cabinets and keep 6 people employed doing the same, so I would say i'm qualified to give a review. We have big jointer that cost 4 g's and needed two smaller ones in the fab shop for small projects. This tool for the money is GREAT! yes you have to make some adjustments, but event he most expensive power matic tools I have needed adjustments when I first received them. The fence is easily shimmed out by adding some washers BEHIND the fence, problem solved and the infeed table IS ADJUSTABLE. The tool does come with the allen wrench needed and if you have a woodshop that you need a jointer for you should have some allen wrenches anyway. I suspect that some of the bad reviews come from people that don't understand the money spent on a tool is for a TOOL not to have something that will do the work for you. If used properly this jointer works beautifully especially for the money, on sale around 160 bucks. FOR THE BAD REVIEWS, YOU PROBABLY ARE USING THE TOOL WRONG, THIS IS A JOINTER NOT A THICKNESS PLANER, IF YOU ARE TAKING 3/4 OR 5/4 STOCK DOWN TO SIZE YOU NEED A THICKNESS PLANER, EVEN IF IT IS ONLY 2" WIDE STOCK. You need to use the right tool for the right job. Remember, all tools need adjustments and maintenance and only do what they are designed to do, there are no "do all" tools. This tool is designed to smooth the EDGES of boards up to around 30", it's not a thickness planer and is not designed to edge boards that are 12' long. If you cannot make the adjustments to make this tool work well then you probably are trying to work well beyond your experience, start with a hammer and nail!

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by HrlVulcan
November 2nd, 2012
poor quality

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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7 days ago
medicineman48

Craftsman joiner/planer

I purchased this joiner about a year ago. It has preformed well. However, last week I broke the blade guard. I have tried to order a new one and found out the part I needed has been discontinued. A $11.06 part is preventing me from using a $250 machine. Avoid, Avoid, Avoid. I am finding out that the Craftsman name is not as honorable as it once was.

17 days ago via craftsman.com
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lornel

Jointer

Good value, workmanship is good as is the finish, not a high production machine, but very appropriate for home workshop. Just what I was looking for. Would not hesitate to recommend.

28 days ago via sears.com
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ArtBuk

Excellent Stability with a Simple Adjustment.

A few people are seriously complaining in reviews that the fence was too far back from the blade, and I had the same problem. Here's the solution: a washer. I used a washer in between the upright mounting brackt and the fence itself and the problem was solved. I know you shouldn't have to do this on a brand new product, but this was such a simple fix I can't believe anyone who operates machinery wouldn't think of that, let alone return it to the store because of it.

Aside from that, it was very smooth running; I didn't even have to clamp it to the table to use.

For the $200 or so dollars, it is well worth it!

I don't usually bother to review products but since I spent a lot of time searching for a good one, I thought I'd share and maybe take some guesswork out of it for others.

May 23rd via sears.com
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webguy

Disappointed in performance

I bought this hoping for the best, but no matter what I tried I could not get a straight edge. The wood kept getting caught between the blade the the metal plate it attaches to. At one point I set the infeed to the highest level which should have resulted in minimal contact with the blade but what happened was frightening. I suddenly saw a spark and the machine started to vibrate rigorously. What happened was that the blade actually flew off and the screws holding it in place were stripped away. As you might expect, I returned it. At one point Sears told me I hade to contact Craftsman for a refund. When I contacted Craftsman they told me i had to work through Sears. Luckily one of the Store managers agreed to refund my purchase.

April 22nd via sears.com
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Ravele

Movable, easy handling

I bought the planer/jointer for small objects with boards not longer than 3 feet that need joining. It serves the purpose. It's light enough to be moved around, but solid enough not to shake or wobble in operation. There is a very thin ridge though that remains on the edge of the boards where the blade does not extend all the way to the fence.

February 10th via sears.com
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Edsquare

Service is excellent

I have not had an opportunity to utilized my new purchase. However, after reading the reviews and my past experience with Craftsman, I am not concerned with the performance. I do want to say that Sears service is excellent. I had the tool within 3 days of ordering and confirmation. I've never had to worry about this. I am looking forward to getting in the shop and using it.

February 2nd via sears.com | The reviewer indicated they are affiliated with this product
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DocKazoo

Does The Job For Me

After a rocky start with a broken feed table in shipping and a fast resolution of the problem with great customer service I am very pleased with this tool. I use it primarily as a planer on a variety of woods that include pine, cedar, oak, cherry and teak in the milling process of folk instrument blanks and the lengths never exceed 26" and are normally 2"x3" thickness and width.

The one thing I do not like about it is the feed table height adjustment and the peel and stick height indicator label. At for straight edge and good metal ruler works best for accuracy. I also found it necessary to level the feed table with a metal washer under the table on the single screw close to the cutting blades. As well as on the two bolts on the adjustable fence to locate it over the feed table properly which .I read about in reviews before making the purchase. So this was no surprise.

It cuts beautifully and has plenty of power for my work. I did have to get a better shop vac and dedicate it to this tool. My small one could not keep up with the job. Since I will be keeping the table in one height position 99% of the time the height adjustment is of little concern to me but it may be to others.

The only reason I rated it good was because of the things I mentioned in paragraph two above. Had those problems had not existed I would have rated it excellent. On the positive side I was 100% satisfied with the customer service to resolve the damage problem. It was first rate and very fair. I needed this tool for a job immediately and elected to get a refund for the cost of a new feed table and keep the tool. I made a temporary replacement feed table from wood and got the job done in time.

January 28th via craftsman.com
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Cagaboy

Great starter jointer

I have had this jointer for about two months now, and I am very satisfied with its overall performance. Like many others, I have had to shim out the fence with a couple of washers placed behind the fence face in order to get it flush with the granite bed of the jointer, but no big deal. I love the granite bed, which tells me that it is made for Craftsman by Steel City, as they are the only ones I know of that offer granite surfaces on a lot of their equipment. This is a definite plus for this jointer, as I have seen many a jointer with cast iron surfaces that have started to rust up after a short period of time if they are not well maintained. I have run cherry, hard maple, and oak through this jointer, and have been very satisifed with the finish on the wood. I give this jointer four stars only because it has a four inch capacity instead of the rather standard 6 inch capacity of most jointers, and I wish Craftsman would offer it in a six inch version. For the price however, I don't know where you would find a better entry-level jointer.

January 20th via craftsman.com
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james584

Great little small shop joiner

Once I shimmed the fence with a couple of washers I loved it!

October 16th, 2013 via sears.com
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mechanical-sage

No doubt a good edge jointer but surface planer?

If a woodworker wanted to plane out surface areas on stock greater than the width limit of this machine then you'd have to do either bisquit or similar joins from piece to piece and then resurface the assembled stock on a larger surface planer. Never-the-less, most plane surface area are going to be limitrd from around 10 to 17 inches, and if you are trying to make a top for, say, a dinette table then at some point you are going to have to surface the the joined pieces with a portable surface planer to obtain a true surface aren't you? I'd much rather true out three piece by hand than say twenty pieces. Any thoughts on how to get a true surface on large joined stocks? Would power sanding handle the task? Many thanks!

October 14th, 2013 via craftsman.com
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northwoodswoodwork

works just fine!

I'm a 4th generation woodworker and make a living building furniture and cabinets and keep 6 people employed doing the same, so I would say i'm qualified to give a review. We have big jointer that cost 4 g's and needed two smaller ones in the fab shop for small projects. This tool for the money is GREAT! yes you have to make some adjustments, but event he most expensive power matic tools I have needed adjustments when I first received them. The fence is easily shimmed out by adding some washers BEHIND the fence, problem solved and the infeed table IS ADJUSTABLE. The tool does come with the allen wrench needed and if you have a woodshop that you need a jointer for you should have some allen wrenches anyway.
I suspect that some of the bad reviews come from people that don't understand the money spent on a tool is for a TOOL not to have something that will do the work for you. If used properly this jointer works beautifully especially for the money, on sale around 160 bucks.
FOR THE BAD REVIEWS, YOU PROBABLY ARE USING THE TOOL WRONG, THIS IS A JOINTER NOT A THICKNESS PLANER, IF YOU ARE TAKING 3/4 OR 5/4 STOCK DOWN TO SIZE YOU NEED A THICKNESS PLANER, EVEN IF IT IS ONLY 2" WIDE STOCK. You need to use the right tool for the right job. Remember, all tools need adjustments and maintenance and only do what they are designed to do, there are no "do all" tools. This tool is designed to smooth the EDGES of boards up to around 30", it's not a thickness planer and is not designed to edge boards that are 12' long. If you cannot make the adjustments to make this tool work well then you probably are trying to work well beyond your experience, start with a hammer and nail!

October 13th, 2013 via craftsman.com
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Mhfisher35

4" Jointer

excellent jointer for the small shop. Great for pieces 2' or shorter. Granite top and fence is superb for this size of jointer. Did have to place lock washers behind the fence to true up the fence to the feed table.

October 5th, 2013 via sears.com
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jointer

Fence issues

The fence does not align properly to the cutting head causing a small strip of material to go "un-jointed". After looking through the other reviews it appears this has been a common issue. Like others, I've had to add a piece of wood to the fence to bump it out. Im disappointed Sears has not addressed this issue. Regardless of the price point, your tool should function as advertised when purchased, not require modification to perform its basic function.

July 24th, 2013 via sears.com
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davidleh

great little jointer

runs good, leaves a sand free finish

June 28th, 2013 via sears.com
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LLG64

planer

Received the planer a couple days ago and have only had a chance to run a few test pieces. As others have said when putting the back fence on it i added one extra lock washer to take care of the problem of not quite finishing the edge. I have a few 1 x 2 boards that were supposed to be finished. After checking them with my square they were not. I set the planer at about 1/32 and ran the boards through on all four sides. Took two or three passes and after checking them with my square they were perfect. This is not a machine for production work, but for someone like myself who mainly does small home projects and some picture frames it is perfect. It is heavy enough not to vibrate or move around but easy to move around the shop when I need to. Completely satisfied.

June 8th, 2013 via sears.com | The reviewer indicated they are affiliated with this product
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KerryG

Great Jointer for the Price

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.

April 4th, 2013 via sears.com
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The_Woodcutter

Sweet!!!

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!!

April 3rd, 2013 via sears.com
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joelav

If you understand what benchtop jointers do and don't do, it's awesome

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.

February 24th, 2013 via sears.com
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db1017

Worth the money

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!

February 20th, 2013 via sears.com
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