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Forum topic by Don Newton posted 09-05-2009 05:22 PM 2424 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-05-2009 05:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tools planer dewalt ryobi

Quite simply, The orange big box has it’s tool sale going on on offers the Dewalt 12 1/2” planer or Ryobi 13” planer for the same price $399 less sale discounts. Which is better? For years I have had a 10” Ryobi and am moderately pleased with it.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#1 posted 09-05-2009 05:34 PM

I started with the Ryobi 10 myself. My 2nd planer is the Dewalt. Must say, the Dewalt is very nice and do not hesitate in recommending it to you. Works great, with NO flaws.

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#2 posted 09-05-2009 05:40 PM

13’’ Delta Planer, that does a great job.

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#3 posted 09-05-2009 05:46 PM

I think I’d go Delta

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#4 posted 09-05-2009 06:24 PM

So far the Delta seems to be the one!

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#5 posted 09-06-2009 12:56 AM

I’d bet heavily on the DW. The DW733 and DW734 have a cutterhead lock to reduce snipe…the current Ryobi doesn’t. The DW735 has a 4-post thread system that supposedly negates the need for a cutterhead lock…the current Ryobi doesn’t. So, to snipe or not to snipe is the question! :D

The Delta TP400 (fomerly the 22-560) and 22-580 are good too…both have cutterhead locks, but the TP305 does not.

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#6 posted 09-06-2009 01:35 AM

Something is terribly wrong if the Ryobi and the DeWalt planers are going for the same price. Regular price for the Ryobi AP1301 13” planer SHOULD be $199.00. And while I own one, and am happy with it for the $$, it is NOT worth double the normal cost under any circumstances…

Now the Home Depot site that gets presented to me shows the Ridgid R4330 13” which uses the same knives as the AP1301, and reports / reviews on it show its performance to be similar to the AP1301, good clean cuts, with a little bit of snipe to put up with. They are showing it for $369.99 less the discounts.

And the DeWalt they show is the DW734 which also has snipe problems mentioned in several reviews that I can find, but unlike the Ridgid and Ryobi planers, the DeWalt is also noted for having screws and whatnot in the cutter head assembly loosening themselves out, and general build quality problems. The DW734 lists at $429.99 less discounts.

I don’t know either of these planers through personal experience, but I do know the Ryobi for a year and a half of exceptional service, and easy knife changes. My only complaint with the Ryobi is the shop vac sized 2.5” dust collection port does not work well if your machine is on the other side of the shop from your vac… And honestly, it’s heavy! So moving the planer gets to be a matter of mounting it to a stand, then to a mobile base and rolling it to the vac, or the other way around with the vac… Of course dust collector users won’t have that problem so much…

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#7 posted 09-06-2009 03:10 PM

I don’t know how set you are about choosing between just these 2 planers. If you have others to choose from you may want to look at the following review of the top 5 planers

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#8 posted 09-06-2009 04:07 PM

Great site Drbob

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#9 posted 09-06-2009 11:12 PM

DeWalt vs: Ryobi? I don’t see an equal comparison unless Ryobi has re-thought their power tool quality issues. My DeWalt 733 has been a real trooper. I keep a second set of blades sharpened and ready to change out at all times.


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