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Posted on Question about the Ryobi AP1301 benchtop planer

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#1 posted 12-26-2012 09:52 PM

Most people are not aware that Ryobi invented the lunchbox planer back in the early 80s. The shop teacher at the school where I taught bought one (10 inch capacity in those days) and set it up in the school shop on an 8 foot long table with rollers at each end. School shops typically buy rough cut lumber, as they want kids to go through the whole process from start to finish. Everybody stopped using the big industrial planer (about as big as a VW bug) and really put that little Ryobi to the test. Last I heard, it was still going after 2 or 3 years. Imagine the abuse to which the kids put that planer.
I have no idea how the current Ryobi holds up, so can’t advise you on this purchase. My own preference is for heavy duty planers (not necessarily larger) with induction motors (220 v.) I have owned a couple of lunchbox planers, including a DW735. On any such planer, the depth of cut is very limited because the little motors can’t handle the load, especially with wide material.

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