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Posted on Question about the Ryobi AP1301 benchtop planer

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#1 posted 12-26-2012 03:17 PM

A few days ago someone mentioned the Ridgid was being dis-continued at their HD and was on clearance. That would be a deal I would jump all over if I had any money and needed a planer. My HD had a Dewalt 735 on sale. Also a deal.

I have the Ryobi you speak of, and I am satisfied with it, but would rather have a Dewalt or Ridgid. I got it off the clearance rack for around $120. It had been used less than a month and returned. The tool manager at my store said that happened sometimes when people buy a machine for a project, then return it before the 30 day refund period is out.

About the indicated cutting height. The specifications in most web listings are written by people who would not know which end of a screwdriver goes on the screw.

The motor and blade assembly of the Ryobi and several other planers, including Dewalt and Ridgid are virtually the same. Probably a sub assembly purchased by several manufacturers. Where they differ is in the raising and lowering and guide mechanisms. I personally like the design of the Ridgid for that part the best, but they all have about the same capacity for adjustment.

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