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Ryobi AP 1301 13-inch portable planer: good basic planer for beginning woodworkers

Ryobi AP 1301 13-inch portable planer: good basic planer for beginning woodworkers

01-02-2010 02:42 AM by dmoney | 22 comments »

keep in mind:I’ve had this for about a week so here are my opinions so far.This is my first planer. I bought this one reconditioned. It was cheap, only $159 at cporyobi.com. free shipping and no sales tax. It does a good job planing. All I’ve ran thru it is oak and pine. The results are very good, probably because the blades are still new. It has no infeed/outfeed extension. In the pic you can see I made a crude one for myself using a leaf from an old dining room tabl...

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Ryobi Table Saw - Model RTS20

Ryobi Table Saw - Model RTS20

01-13-2012 04:15 AM by Trev_Batstone | 16 comments »

I was definately in need of a new table saw, and I looked at various brands at a few retailers before making my decision. Rigid, Dewalt, Laguna and other hi-priced makes were not in my price league, nor did I want a large size saw in my garage workshop. I finally settled for the Ryobi RTS20 model after seeing one on display at Home Depot. I bought one and assembled it yesterday and have already used it several times. My thoughts and comments on this saw are as follows: 1. First of al...

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Good saw if space is tight or you need portability

Good saw if space is tight or you need portability

12-04-2008 09:44 PM by ferstler | 6 comments »

I read a review of another Ryobi table saw elsewhere on this site and the owner was not happy with it at all. He basically criticized the small size of the saw and the lack of quality in the fence. Well, we have to remember that saws of that kind are low-priced items, built for use in tight spaces and for owners (or woodworking dabblers) on strict budgets. The reviewed saw was different from the BTS20 reviewed here, but it is possible that the fences for each unit were the same, or at leas...

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A nice joiner at a terrific price

A nice joiner at a terrific price

11-28-2008 10:04 PM by ferstler | 19 comments »

This is Ryobi’s second biscuit joiner that I know of. The first was similar to this one and cost the same $99 bucks, but had the stock number JM81. The earlier version was cheaply made, with a plastic base plate and rather clunky controls. This newer version has a metal base plate and the controls are more refined. The fence is adjustable from 0 to 135 degrees and the fence height can be set from 0 to 2 inches. It can easily handle number 0, 10, and 20 biscuits and comes with a detachable ...

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Ryobi 10 In. Miter Saw With Laser TS1342L

Ryobi 10 In. Miter Saw With Laser TS1342L

05-13-2010 01:19 AM by Steven H | 10 comments »

Bought one of these last year’s Black Friday sale for $60. —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————̵...

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Ryobi 18v Impact Driver

Ryobi 18v Impact Driver

07-14-2009 06:10 AM by JMG | 12 comments »

I bought this impact to replace an old DeWalt driver. I got the driver, a compact drill, 2 compact lithium batteries, and a charger for only $179 instead of a new DeWalt impact with no battery for $279. Sounded like a good deal so I jumped on it even though the Ryobi’s torque didn’t come close to the DeWalt(880 in/lbs for the Ryobi and 1,330 in/lbs for the DeWalt). The Ryobi struggled to drive lags into the old petrified wood of the house I was adding the deck on. It also bogg...

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Fine planer for the money

Fine planer for the money

12-04-2008 10:34 PM by ferstler | 14 comments »

Ryobi has recently replaced this discontinued AP1300 model with the AP1301. The new version has two deficiencies, compared to the older-design unit reviewed here. First, the new unit does not have a cutter lock. OK, with good planers a cutter lock may not be necessary, but with a budget model it is not a bad idea. One look at the operation of the lock on the AP1300 shows that it is a very good way, indeed, to make sure that the cutter assembly is not going to shift upward or downward durin...

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Excellent grinder for the money.

Excellent grinder for the money.

09-16-2010 06:36 PM by dbhost | 12 comments »

When I had decided on the Wolverine jig system for my tool sharpening needs, I more or less knew I needed an 8” grinder as the wheels on my 6” were pretty narrow… Upon reviewing the recommended grinder speed on the owners manual of the Wolverine Jig System (Page 1, lower right hand corner), and seeing that THEY recommended an 8” 3450 rpm grinder, I decided to do a little digging on what grinders I wanted. I see a LOT of folks going with the multi speed, and slow speed ...

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You need this if you sand inside curves

You need this if you sand inside curves

11-24-2008 09:38 PM by ferstler | 7 comments »

This device is no longer in production, but used models might show up here and there. It had a list price of $99 when it was available new, and I lucked out and got the last display model at my local Home Depot for sixty-seven bucks. The top is cast iron, the rotational speed is 2000 rpm, and the oscillating range is 5/8 inch. The motor draws 3.5 amps and the weight is 49 pounds. The metal spindle is 1/2 inches in size and while it will hold a sanding sleeve that diameter you also have fou...

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A good starter miter saw or second miter saw for fast work

A good starter miter saw or second miter saw for fast work

12-18-2008 12:31 AM by ferstler | 5 comments »

I am not sure if this saw is still available with the exact specifications and model number of this one, but they do have one in the same price class: $99.00 and it probably works just as well. As with all models in this size class, the saw can cut a 2×6 at 90 degrees and a 2×4 at 45. The miter-lock handle in right in front and the bevel release is in the back. It can bevel in one direction out to 45 degrees and the motor is a decently powerful 14-amp job. It comes with a decent ...

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