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which planer to buy?

by dmoney
posted 12-20-2009 10:19 PM

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#1 posted 12-21-2009 02:17 AM

I love my spiral carbide header grizzly. but it’s outside your price range I’m guessing

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 12-21-2009 02:46 AM

for $500 u can get the dewalt potable planner that one saweeeeeet machine but as for the delta or ridgid i have a ridgid the one with the two blades though and it works great no snipe and i had a delta before this it was an old one though that’s why i sold it they both work real good me as personal refrance i would go with the delta especialy if it’s the newer model.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#3 posted 12-21-2009 02:50 AM

I have been using my Ridgid since 2001 without a single problem.

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#4 posted 12-21-2009 03:04 AM

A couple of features that I think are far more important than the number of blades are some sort of snipe reduction…either by having a cutterhead lock or a 4-post screw design to prevent movement of the head. Also dust collection of some sort is pretty important. Most of the very basic portables don’t have either.

I’ve owned the Delta 22-560 (now the TP400), Delta 22-580 (2-speed), and now have the Ridgid R4330. All have been good planers, no real clear winner of those….none are perfect. The 560 is a solid performer with just 2 knives and single speed, the 580 was a strong runner with 2 knives and 2 speeds, and the R4330 has 3 knives and single speed….once adjusted well, they all leave really nice finish when the knives are new, but that lasts about 10 passes, then they all need a little scraping or sanding before finishing. I felt that the 22-580 had a stronger motor than the R4330, but I did not like that the dust chute hangs down low enough to contact the wood while it exits…it also seemed that the rollers needed cleaning a lot. I’d also consider the two DeWalts, and the Makita.

I’d go with the best deal on the portables, but I’d seriously try to land that Jet 3hp stationary model at $500!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#5 posted 12-21-2009 03:06 AM

I would be very cautious about this Craigslist posting. I have seen that same one around here (Chicago) and in a few cities in Michigan. I have the feeling it is some type of scam. Especially because it’s supposedly brand new in the box for about $1,000 less than anywhere else.

-- Kyle Shipp,

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#6 posted 12-21-2009 03:42 AM

Try to find a reconditioned Ridgid, I got mine for $169.00 from Direct tools.

-- Alex

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#7 posted 12-21-2009 03:43 AM

I have the older ridgid model and couldn’t be happer with it.
I like the cutter head lock and adjustable height stop.
I would take that Jet over it in a heatbeat though.

-- ALS IK KAN “to the best of my ability,”

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#8 posted 12-21-2009 03:46 AM

Ridgid usually has good tools and it seems to have the best features in this price range of the group you asked about.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 12-21-2009 04:38 AM

I’d love to get a reconditioned ridgid for anywhere close to $169.00. where is the Direct tools store?

-- Derek, Iowa

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#10 posted 12-21-2009 06:57 AM

Be sure to get 1/8” thick blades as they can be sharpened. The 1/16” thick are only repaceable and will cost you about 50 bucks each time.

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#11 posted 12-22-2009 07:30 AM had a reconditioned ryobi for $159.99 w/ free shipping. There aren’t a lot of stores near me since I live in the sticks so the free shipping and no sales tax was too hard to pass up.

-- Derek, Iowa

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#12 posted 12-22-2009 07:51 AM

For the money I stick with Ridgid, plus the hunter orange color helps you find the tools under all the sawdust you create. I find it very useful

-- Joe Truehart - The Craftsmans Woodshop

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#13 posted 12-22-2009 08:34 AM

Ridgid, it has great features and is a leader in its price range.

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#14 posted 12-22-2009 05:47 PM

I have that Jet. It is great especially if that price is right. I had the 12 1/2” DeWalt, but I had to replace the rollers. The Jet is in another world. Takes up more space, but you won’t regret it.


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#15 posted 01-01-2010 01:25 AM

That Jet planer must be a scam as Kyle pointed out, It showed up now on the Milwaukee Craigslist

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#16 posted 01-01-2010 01:39 AM

iv’e had the dewalt 12.5 for about 5 years. never an issue. micro adjustments, material removal guage. and excelent dust collection. the z bar lockdown prevents any snipe. in my opinion tools are an investment. they cost u money but can also make you money. get the best u can afford. i bellieve ridgid and ryobi are consumer grade not proffesional. it all comes down to the old standard “you get what you pay for”

-- wooden imagine

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#17 posted 01-01-2010 05:39 PM

i bought the ryobi from for $159. It arrived and the box looked good but there should have been packed better, the plastic was cracked a bit in a couple places and some of the navy plastic was white where it had been flexed from being banged around. I called cporyobi and they sent a new one out right away. The new one came packed better and in great shape. It did however have a bunch of little plastic shavings in the dust collection part, looks like someone planed some PVC boards or something with it? Anyway unless fedex comes to get it in the next week (cporyobi put in a shipping claim) I’ll have 2 planers. I’m sure the first one works fine too. I would buy again from them just because although the quality isn’t like brand new like the other reconditioned tools I’ve bought, their service was great.

-- Derek, Iowa

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