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12-20-2009 10:19 PM

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Hi all-
I’ve been enjoying the site and am looking for a planer. I’m just getting started in woodworking. Small budget so probably a portable planer. Any opinions on the Delta vs. the Ridgid? Delta only has 2 knives vs. 3 on the Ridgid…the Ryobi is only $199 at home depot but doesn’t have infeed/outfeed tables and that scares me. others i should look at?

there’s also a big jet nearby at the high end of my price range. I’d also have to do some wiring for that one since it’s not 110v. this one seems like a good deal?


-- Derek, Iowa

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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.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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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!

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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.

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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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