|Review by ca8920||posted 02-28-2014 07:55 PM||4435 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
I have a garage shop and a limited amount of space. I needed a jointer/planer for some upcoming projects so I chose the Craftsman 4-18” Bench Top Jointer/Planer.
Not the best tool out there but not the worst. The little jointer works well and does a decent job once set up and shimmed. My complaint, the setup.
While researching this tool I found multiple comments/complaints that the fence is too far from the blades, causing a small protrusion of wood on the work piece when you run it through the blades. Upon reading all the reviews I felt that Craftsman would surely have fixed the problem by now so I went ahead and bought one.
Upon setting up the jointer/planer I found the problem still exists and Craftsman has done nothing to fix the issue. Knowing this to be a consistent problem and needing the tool, I decided to shim the fence rather than return the tool. I took 4 small washers and installed them between the fence and the fence positioning brackets. See the second and third photos above. Once shimmed the fence aligns properly and the little jointer/planer works really well.
-- Chris, Sparks Nevada, https://www.facebook.com/ArmstrongTouch