RIGID 13'' planer

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Blog entry by Marius posted 05-20-2010 07:19 PM 2769 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

im waiting for parts for my makita planer…. i bought a rigid 13’’ planer in the meantime…. NOT HAPPY .... sawdust coming back to wards the infeed is UNREAL … must clean off the table after every board… and YES there nothing blocking the outfeed chute

its going back to HomeDepot

not pleased with this product

does any one have THE BEST PLANER without vac needed ?? (my makita does NOT need it)

-- Marius PG_BC_CA

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#1 posted 05-20-2010 07:33 PM

The De Walt DW 735, has fan assisted chip ejection. They even sell a hose with a cinch top for a standard garbage can that you can use to funnel the chips directly into a trash can.


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#2 posted 05-20-2010 07:41 PM

I too have the problem of sawdust coming back toward the infeed table. I just live with it.
I like the planer though. It does a good job.
I do wax it more often than I would like but I figure that is the nature of the beast here.
If I am incorrect, I’d really like to know!

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#3 posted 05-20-2010 08:01 PM

Let me understand what the problem is. You are complaining that a planer that is designed to be used with a shop vac, or dust collector doesn’t vacuum itself out? It sounds to me like you are using the tool in a way not intended by the manufacturer… Kind of like using a large ratchet as a hammer you know?

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#4 posted 05-20-2010 08:10 PM

Actually, dbhost, I use mine with a shop vac and still get sawdust coming back.
We aren’t supposed to use a ratchet as a hammer? Since when??

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#5 posted 05-20-2010 08:51 PM

I used it with a shop vac, and still get shavings coming back, but like ellen, I just deal with it. However, I got a dust collector last night, and plan on doing some planing tonight, so I’ll let you know if that helps.

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#6 posted 05-20-2010 08:56 PM

FYI when using my DeWalt DW734 w/o a vac or dust collection I get some chips out the front, most shoot out the back. When using a shop-vac I get less but still a few chips coming out the front, especially once the shop vac filter starts to clog up and I lose suction, or the shop vac fills up (very quick when doing a lot of planing). Ever since I installed a real dust collector with a 4” rigid line run right up to the planer I basically only get a couple small chips if any out the front of the planer. If I close all blast gates except the planer I get nothing out the front. I suggest some dust collection and the best tool you can afford.

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#7 posted 05-20-2010 08:58 PM

Sorry if my post seemed a bit, aggressive. I am honestly trying to understand where the failure is…

And I am not saying don’t use a ratchet as a hammer, just don’t expect good results with it…

As far as I know, the Ridgid planers have a good reputation, which is why dust collection problems are a bit of a surprise to me. I don’t own one, so I am hard pressed to know for sure.

I have the Ryobi 13” that shares knives with the Ridgid, and dust collection from that is reasonable. Not great. I do get shavings that get spun out, and go around the stock and to the table and in turn to the floor. Every planer I have seen in use seems to do that though… We may be picking up 99% of the shavings, but 1% can end up being an annoyingly large pile on the floor…

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#8 posted 05-20-2010 09:34 PM

I have the Rigid 1300 and ha used it with both a shop vac and a dust collector. One of the beauties is that you can do either. There is always a little uncollected shavings but nothing compared to using it without. Certainly the dust collector does the best job but I still keep an air hose close at hand.

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#9 posted 05-20-2010 09:39 PM

+1 on Skarp’s comments, as well db’s – a planer of any kind needs a DC and the associated cfm’s to remove most of the chips from the cutterhead and associated areas. The handfull with fan-assist chip removers (DeWalt, Craftsman, others?) might do a bit better, but I agree – the Rigid is designed to be used with at least a shop vac, and preferably a dust collector.

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#10 posted 05-20-2010 09:52 PM

I thought you could open the trap door on the dust collector on the ridgid and it was supposed to be pretty good at shooting dust out the back? With that said I use a shop vac with my ridgid 13” planer and even with the vac there is a lot of dust coming out the front still. I just live with it but if the op don’t like it and he has used others he likes better I say take it back man.

Skarp, What are you talking about man? My jack plane gets chips every where! I need a shop vac attachment for that thing ;)

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#11 posted 05-20-2010 09:56 PM

My HFDC sucks most all of the shavings from my 4330 planer. I do get a few that collect off to the sides of the planer bed, but I would guess 95% plus go to the DC. That wasn’t even close to the case when I was using a shop vac. You really need to move some air to capture that much dust/shavings.

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#12 posted 05-20-2010 10:12 PM

I just picked up a Penn State Super 125 – 12.5” thickness planer. It looks almost like the new Rockwells (Red, stamped steel constuction). Any idea who made these, and which DC hoods will fit it?

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#13 posted 05-20-2010 10:26 PM

yes there is a lot of chip fly back on the ridgid with out a dust collector but for a smaller sized unit you cant beat the power i have taken 1/8th in cuts on 10 in pine and oak and the motor hardley boggs down.i should say the only reason i did this was to see how well it would hold up to that much for the the chip problem if hooked up to a dc there is none.

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#14 posted 05-20-2010 10:33 PM

I must admit, I really like the function of my Ryobi, but the DC is kind of lacking on it. I thought that was normal… I did see a HUGE improvement when I used a bell shaped 4” to 2.5” reducer instead of the step type to connect to my DC hose instead of a shop vac… I still get a tiny bit of stuff below the cutter head, but nothing major… Certainly not anything I am going to worry about… Every now and then I think about how to upgrade the dust hood, but I am not going to worry about it…

By all means, if you are unhappy with the Ridgid’s performance, take the thing back… Or better yet, give the thing to me and I will see if I can reproduce the problem :-D

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#15 posted 05-21-2010 03:02 AM

Well thank you all for the input, the beast is back at home depot.
my 5$ part should be here SOON
the nice thing about my makita is that the blades are easy to re/re
and it seems the only one that the head is fixed, and the base moves up/down.
99.9% of the shavings go right out the outfeed table
it is NOT the NB model

-- Marius PG_BC_CA

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