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#1 posted 12-26-2012 03:06 PM

I also have the Ridgid planer and It has been flawless for me. The dust collection is great, it came with an extra set of knives and they are reversible so once one side dulls you flip them over. So essentially 4 sets of knives and I’ve so far only gone through two in over 5 years. As far as the minimum thickness issue I don’t know what they are referring to. On my ridgid the minimum depth STOP is 1/8” but you can work your way down in whatever increments you choose. Turn the wheel just a little and take off 1/128 if you like. It’s pretty accurate. Most people do an auxillary table inside the planer which all but eliminates the snipe. I’ve gotten pretty good using the fold down tables that came with mine and can pretty much eliminate it with a slight “pull” upwards as it exits the back of the planer. In my opinion Ryobi makes cheap crap that I would only consider buying if it was a one time tool type purchase. If you buy quality you will be MUCH happier in the long run. Look for the 10% off moving coupon from the post office. The Dewalt looks like a great tool as well but for double the price I don’t know. If the ridgid had a speed control it would be cool cause you could slow it down and really eliminate the scallops that planers make, BUT, if you scrape or finish sand or hand plane it afterwards it’s gone in a jiffy.

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