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#1 posted 03-30-2010 11:24 PM

I’m with the guys above, the Ridgid is an honest and great machine. Again very very loud always use ear protection, the helical heads are much quieter, but still noisy. They also are forgiving when running a nail through by accident-you dont have to change the entire blade, only a portion. If i were to do it all again, i would go for the semi-industrial model such as a 15-20 inch Grizzly or Powermatic (PM used of course, they like their stuff). IF you want to take the warp out of material, a planer isnt the machine you need. You need a jointer. In the shop, its the jointer to flatten one side, then the planer to do the other side. Or, use a drum sander on the 2nd step to avoid tearout on most hardwoods. Shop craigslist for used stuff.

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