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A00013 - Benchtop Pocket Cutter Machine TSM-12

Product Description


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The TSM-12 pocket cutter machine is one of Castle's bench top models. This screw pocket cutter routs the 6 degree Castle Pocket with no tear out in less than 2 seconds. The superior low screw angle minimizes joint shift and provides extra joint strength. Designed for job-site use, small shops or the weekend woodworker, the TSM-12 delivers quality with every Castle pocket it cuts.

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  • Bosch 1617 Router

  • Bosch Colt Router

  • 9/64” premium drill bit

  • 3/8” three-flute solid carbide router bit

Technical Specifications:

  • Router: Bosch 2.0hp #1617 Router Motor

  • Router Bit: Premium 3/8” Solid Carbide, Rough Mill

  • Drill: Bosch Colt 1.0hp #PR20EVS trimmer motor

  • Drill bit: 9/64” Brad and Spur Premium TiN-Coated Bit

  • Power req:110 VAC, 15 amps

  • Shipping weight: 60 lbs

  • Footprint: 13.5W x 20L x 20H

Enhanced Features:

  • Castle's patented low angle pocket

  • Wider throat opening for thicker stock

  • Dust collection ports

  • Openings for shop vacs

  • Solid surface work top

  • Improved clamping 


Product Videos

Castle TSM-12 Professional Pocket Cutter 11:56

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Product Reviews

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  1. TSM-12

    Posted by Mike on 3rd Jun 2019

    I had a similar one made by Porter Cable years ago. Porter Cable had discontinued theirs so I was using a Kreg jig. I wasnt happy with the results and began to research pocket hole machines. Castle is the only brand I found that actually uses a router and drill motor separately. This produces the best and cleanest pocket hole. I received my machine promptly, it was packaged neatly and the setup wasnt difficult. The simplicity is its best feature. It is built almost completely of steel. The routers are easily replaced and found almost at any boxstore. The pockets are clean and the hole for the screw precise and clean. Very happy all around. Mike

  2. Awesome machine!!!

    Posted by Judd on 22nd Mar 2019

    I recently purchased a tsm-12 pocket hole machine and can honestly say that this machine is far superior to any other pocket machine on the market. The 2 router setup makes for a perfectly clean cut and the fact that the drill bit enters through the edge of the board is a game changer..not my first Castle purchase...and definently not my last..awesome customer service and made in the USA..absolutely phenomenal products!

  3. Must have

    Posted by Tom Hobbs, Hobbs Cabinets on 5th Jun 2018

    This tool does the exact same job just as the larger tool. The low angle of the pocket makes near perfect face frame joints with minimal slipping. Light enough to set out of the way for limited space shops.