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Prices from

$349 – $399

  • Craftsman CMEW320 15 amp benchtop planer
  • Craftsman CMEW320 15 amp benchtop planer Right
  • Craftsman CMEW320 Benchtop Planer Back
  • Craftsman CMEW320 Benchtop Planer Front
Planer width: 317.6 mm Power: 1800 W
Max depth of cut: 3 mm
Max workpiece height: 152.4 mm Feed rate(s): 8m/min
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The Craftsman CMEW320 is a 15-amp 12.5″ benchtop planer. It is one of the most affordable benchtop planers currently on the market.

Design and Size

The Craftsman uses a classic lunchbox planer design, with a tall but thin design with a moving cutterhead and folding infeed and outfeed tables. It is relatively light for a planer at 30 kgs (64 lbs), and thanks to its small size it can easily be stored under a workbench or taken to a jobsite. It has a 12.5″ cutting width capacity and a 6″ height capacity.

Blades and Motor

The Craftsman CMEW320 has two blades rotating at 8000 RPM, resulting in 16000 cuts per minute. This is comparable to most other machines in this price range and leaves a reasonably good finish. It has an 1800 Watt (15 amps) motor, which is quite powerful and similar to that of more expensive machines like the DW735. It will be able to handle pretty much any type of wood.

In terms of features, the Craftsman is lacking a little as it does not have a depth of cut indicator, nor a depth stop or spindle lock. All in all, it is a decent machine, but as a result of the low price it lacks build quality and features.

Machine Atlas Verdict

Decent benchtop planer that does the job, but lacks several features. Main selling point is the low price.

Value for money




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What we don't like

  • Lacks depth of cut indicator
  • Only two blades
  • Cheap build quality

What we like

  • One of the cheapest benchtop planers
  • Reasonable quality
  • Powerful motor

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Detailed Specifications

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Weight (standard configuration)30 kg
Total height584 mm
Total width381 mm
Motor Voltage1x 120V
Planer Width317.6 mm
Max depth of cut3 mm
Max workpiece height152.4 mm
Feed rate(s)8m/min

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