New toy for the shop

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Blog entry by mark posted 02-21-2007 08:26 AM 1150 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I finally went out and bought a small bench-top planer for my workshop. I checked the FineWoodworking tool review site and decided to go with the Ryobi 13” planer. So far I have been able to make a lot of sawdust with it in a very short amount of time. All I need to do now is build a planer table to reduce or eliminate the snip. Overall it seems like a nice machine and I can’t wait till next month when I get to order the jointer. I have decided to go with the Yorkcraft 6” model.
Ryobi 13

-- Mark, Norfolk, VA

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 02-21-2007 12:43 PM

Congratulations Mark
I bought a Ryobi 13” a couple of years ago, I’ve been well satisfied with it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 02-21-2007 06:22 PM

Mark – Congrats on the new shop toy! Nothing more enjoyable than planning lumber!


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Mark A. DeCou

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#3 posted 02-21-2007 09:53 PM

Did you have a dust collector in your plan? I found that my DeWalt 12.5” planer really puts out the dust. If not, two suggestions:

Cheap: Harbor Freight’s, about $150 on sale
Much Better if you want to use 220V power: Grizzly’s, about $300 forget the exact amount now.

I have both of these, the Grizzly sucks much better, so I gave the Harbor Freight one to my dad to use on his Delta bench top 12” planer.

I know there are more brands and models, this is just two of the ones I have used.

Congrats on your purchases, welcome to the blogging and the group.

The Other Mark, not the Marc.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#4 posted 02-22-2007 12:00 AM

I wish I had the power to run a dust collector, as it is I only have a single 30A circuit to run the shop lights and a single machine.

If I power up more than one high current load the breaker will trip (Resawing with the bandsaw likes to trip the circuit).

Unfortunately, I will have to wait for a little while until I can have the service upgraded to the shop. I would like to bring in a 220V single phase circuit to power the tools and leave the lights on the 110V circuit.

At this point I am afraid to even add additional lighting to the shop as it is they sometimes flicker a second or two when I kick on the table saw.

-- Mark, Norfolk, VA

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#5 posted 02-25-2007 09:45 PM

Sounds like you have a nice new toy Mark.

I can relate to the electrical problems. I plan on having additional circuits added to my garage, but that will have to wait for now.

You might try adding a powerstrip between the bandsaw and the plug. It is a lot easier to reset that than the breaker.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#6 posted 02-25-2007 10:29 PM

That’s a great idea, I just might have to give that a try. It will also keep me from being left in a dark shop when the lights go out.

-- Mark, Norfolk, VA

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#7 posted 02-25-2007 10:37 PM

I like the ryobi planers
Does it have the quick blade change on it?

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#8 posted 02-26-2007 04:54 AM

Not sure, I have not had to change them yet. I will let you know when the time comes.

-- Mark, Norfolk, VA

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