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Ridgid 13" Planer

Ridgid 13" Planer

1973 days ago by Alan | 20 comments »

I bought this planer for my small basement workshop. It was fairly cheap, $299 Canadian on sale. It takes off alot of wood fast and is very easily adjusted. The only problem is snipe, even when I feel the boards are supported. The other observation is that after using it for a little while it creates alot of static electricity, shaving stick to it. Anyway I make sure my boards are longer then required then cut off the snipe. If I was to purchase another one I might spend more and get a ...

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First on the Block to Get the New Plane

First on the Block to Get the New Plane

1981 days ago by bobdurnell | 45 comments »

After seeing the advertisement in the latest Woodcraft magazine offering the new Wood River planes I couldn’t wait to see them. The article said that they resemble the LN planes and were more affordable. After calling my local Woodcraft store I was told that it would be a while before they would have the planes in the store. Yesterday 2/17/09 I went to check them out and I believe that they are what was said in the ad.I have a no.5, no.2, no.1, and a low angle adjustable block by LN....

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12-1/2" benctop planer

12-1/2" benctop planer

2022 days ago by rwyoung | 7 comments »

For the same reasons I wanted a benchtop jointer, I wanted a benchtop planer. There are a few reviews of the 13” model around and looking at their manals on line, the 12-1/2 is quite similar and somewhat cheaper. The unit came well packed with two pieces of form fit styrofoam and a nice heavy poly bag to protect the planer. Also in the box was a chip collection shroud with a 4” port in addition to the stock deflector. As near as I could tell, the collection shroud is a ̶...

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Simply the best I have used

Simply the best I have used

2035 days ago by KBC | 16 comments »

This planer/Molder/Sander/Gang saw machine was pricey ($2,350 or@ $90.00 per month) It came with a ‘pro pack’ which included:18-1/8 inch unit 5 hp motor.(220 single phase for blades/110 pinch rollers) Acc. shaft for mounting gang saws/molding knives(drum sander and planer shafts only require end sets)Knife holderDust chuteBed board(slick material which allows very smooth working of the material)Drum sanding kit(drum and 2 different grits of paper/with velcro backing)2 (700) Saw...

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 great little workhorse for the money

great little workhorse for the money

2037 days ago by teenagewoodworker | 6 comments »

I got this planer a few months ago and since i got it i have been giving it a lot of work. i have probably run close to 200 bf through this planer and i am still on my first set of knives. which is good considering some of the woods i’ve put through it including hickory which is a demon to any blade. its is a nice little powerhouse though. it works wonderfully and has the power to take the full 1/16” off of any board with ease. it is very heavy duty too. i have stood on it before ...

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Fine planer for the money

Fine planer for the money

2057 days ago 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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New Fence System For Williams and Hussey

New Fence System For Williams and Hussey

2122 days ago by bugs | 1 comment »

For those who own a Williams and Hussey molder, take a look at these new fence clamps (www.clampthis.com)These are innexpensive fence clamps that work great. They are fantastic for quickly changing over to different molding knives or making quick adjustments. It also works with the ShopFox molder/planerThe web site also features a videoThis fence system is in sharp contrast to the clumsey and expensive system that Williams and Hussey came out with just recently.

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Drill Press Planer

Drill Press Planer

2174 days ago by dmann | 11 comments »

As much as I’de love an excuse to get another piece of equipment for the shop I don’t use a planer enough to justify the expense or space. I saw this Drill Press Planer at the Woodworker’s Supply and figured for the price I would give it a shot. I was able to plane my first pieces of wood this week. I was preparing a section of a 3×3x9 block of maple to create a laminated bowl blank. The Planer worked well for my purposes. I secured the planer in the chuck and adj...

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DeWalt DW735 Heavy-Duty 13" Three Knife, Two Speed Thickness Planer

DeWalt DW735 Heavy-Duty 13" Three Knife, Two Speed Thickness Planer

2295 days ago by tooldad | 44 comments »

I have had the opportunity to use about 4 different planers. I owned a Ryobi 12.5” for about a year and returned it because rollers wouldn’t work, They bought a Ridgid and it lasted about 3 months, same problem (Ryobi, Ridgid, and Milwaukee are same corp) Finally I bucked up and bought Dewalt after seeing this at the wood show. However I am not the average weekend woodworker being a shop teacher so minimum duty tools just dont’ cut it for me. I also had a Delta 12.5”...

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My first planer... cheap, easy to use, and portable

My first planer... cheap, easy to use, and portable

2296 days ago by Shopsmithtom | 14 comments »

Well, for anyone who expects an in-depth review that has it’s foundation in a thorough understanding of wood planers, you’re going to be disappointed. This is my first planer and I’ve only actually been near an operating one once before, so all you’re going to get is a novice’s impression of a machine that’s probably meant for a novice. Maybe that makes me the perfect guy for the job, after all. This model sells locally for $239.00 and (of course) lis...

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