Castle updates its benchtop screw pocket machine

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Castle Inc. recently launched the TSM-11 benchtop screw pocket machine, an improved version of the company’s TSM-10 model that was licensed to Porter-Cable (model 552) for the last 10 years. The machine, which produces a low screw angle at six degrees to minimize joint shift, features an increased throat depth to allow access for thicker wood.

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“This machine addresses the need of the current economy, where people are looking to upgrade from hand-jigs to a more semi-automatic quick process of doing pockets, and it sells for about a third of our basic model,” says Castle president Anthony Lynn.

The bench-top machine is designed for cutting pocket screw holes in cabinetry and furniture, made from high-pressure laminate, particle board, MDF, melamine and solid wood from a 1/2" through 1-1/2” thick. It sells for $899, compared to Castle pneumatically-operated model that costs about $3,000.

The machine can be plugged into a standard outlet. It uses a Porter-Cable 1-3/4 hp router (model 6902) to route the pockets and laminate trimmer (model 7301) to drill the pilot holes. The machine weighs 59 lbs. and the necessary tooling is included.

Contact: Castle Inc. Tel: 800-282-8338. www.castleusa.com

— Jennifer Hicks

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