ryobi ap1301 or ridgid tp4330?

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Forum topic by swampjack80 posted 02-05-2010 05:22 AM 1958 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-05-2010 05:22 AM

I’m looking into buying a planer soon and not sure which one to get. I’ve read the reviews on this site on both of these planers and there’s been good things said about both. I’ve been pleased with my ridgid r4511 table saw and I plan on buying their 14” bandsaw next month so I feel that the planer would be a quality tool. But it is 400 bucks as opposed to 200 for the ryobi. While I’m a firm believer in “you get what you pay for”, I also believe lower priced tools can also perform well. I have zero experience with planers but I’ve found a source of bargain priced roughstock woods so a planer will soon be a necessity. Any advice from you guys would be much appreciated. Especially from owners of either of these tools. Thanks!

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#1 posted 02-05-2010 05:56 AM

I have never used the Ryobi planer, or the rigid for that matter, however I do own a few ryobi power tools. I have a Ryobi miter saw, contracter table saw, router, and 1/4 sheet palm sander. In my humble opinion, the ryobi tools would probably get you by, but you would probably find yourself wanting to upgrade before too long. My palm sander broke about 6 months after I bought it, the table saw really isn’t much good for cutting clean lines, even with a quality blade, it just has way too much vibration. The miter saw is actually not too bad, and the router is okay. My point is, you might be better off saving and getting something that you know will last, because with the ryobi products, you may end up getting something else anyway.

Just my 2 cents.

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#2 posted 02-05-2010 06:14 AM

Ryobi pretty much stinks, but they are cheap. I own the Ridgid and it works fantastically. I have heard of people replacing motors on them but they were really using them a lot.

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#3 posted 02-05-2010 07:49 AM

Ridgid always over Ryobi.

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#4 posted 02-05-2010 02:05 PM

Milwaukee, Ridgid, and Ryobi are all made by TTI. In general, Ridgid is designed, built, and marketed as a higher quality tool than Ryobi.

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#5 posted 02-05-2010 04:13 PM

I had a Ryobi 13 inch planer that did me good for about 4 years. If you don’t try to force it to take too big a cut, I think you’ll like it just fine. The main reason I replaced mine was because I stripped out the screws changing the blades … and the Mrs, seeing my frustration, said, “Why don’t you just get another one?” Since they didn’t have any Ryobi on hand, I now have a Delta, which also work just fine.

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#6 posted 02-05-2010 04:39 PM

I have the Ridgid and I love it.
On the Ridgid forum there is a thread about DeWalt being on sale at HD.


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