3 Girls & A Woodworker #6: Planer.... What should i do......????

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Blog entry by John_G posted 05-12-2011 06:26 PM 1002 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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ok i found on craiglist 2 Ryobi planers;

1: Ryobi 10” planer with homemade rollerbase (85.00)

2: Ryobi AP12 with new dual edge blade and blade binders, comes with table and dust port for 150.00

Is it woth it for me to seriously look into getting one of them….??? A nice DeWalt is just not in my future because of the cost. Does anyone have any experiece with any of these machine….

Please i could use your help/opinion LJ’s…...

Thanks Everyone,
John Gray
Spencerport NY

-- John Gray

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View WinterSun's profile


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#1 posted 05-12-2011 06:32 PM

Those are both very old models, and the prices aren’t spectacular. I’d keep watching… I had been looking for a planer for quite some time but no good deals were coming up. Suddenly, a couple weeks ago, a Delta 13” and two Ridgids popped up within the span of several days, all under $150. I managed to snag one of the Ridgids. Craigslist can be very unpredictable like that.

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

View dbhost's profile


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#2 posted 05-12-2011 06:42 PM

I would keep looking. Those are both relics, and knives are kind of tough to come by for either of them.

The current model, AP1301, is a 13” model, and is presently at $229.00. I own one of these (had for the last 3 years). A good basic machine, uses the same knives as the Ridgid 13” planer, decent dust collection port. No infeed or outfeed tables, but I found that by manually supporting the workpiece as it goes in, and comes off the feed rollers, snipe is very minimal.

I have seen several of the much more desireable AP1300s (cutter head lock, infeed / outfeed tables) on Craigslist over the last 6 months, and they were going for $125.00, and $100.00 in good shape…

If you can just keep chunking your change aside, save up a little bit more and get a new AP1301. Once you know how to use it right, you will never regret owning it…

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#3 posted 05-12-2011 07:59 PM

+1 to WinterSun and dbhost’s comments. Both are respectable machines, but the asking price isn’t really that great for their vintage.

-- Tim Taylor - GLT Woodworks

View John_G's profile


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#4 posted 05-12-2011 08:24 PM

thanks everyone for the input, there’s no need for the machine imediatly so i’m gonna wait…. thank you…

-- John Gray

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