|Forum topic by DannyBoy||posted 12-17-2007 06:34 PM||9099 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
12-17-2007 06:34 PM
I purchased my tool reconditioned (like I do most of my “new” tools) at Cummins Tools for about $50. It is the corded model and came with an edge guide, plastic case, dust/shavings bag, and manual (duh). Also, Ryobi guarantees there reconditioned tools for one year from purchase (90 days in store).
My use has been limited but effective so far. My first attempt was to smooth out the surface of a cutting board I’m making as a gift. The plate on the planer is only 3 ½” wide so planing a 11 inch cutting board (maple and purple heart) does take some thought. (Note: I do not have a thickness planer, otherwise I wouldn’t have needed this device.) A few passes made me realize how sensitive the tool is to pressure from the operator. The slightest weight to an outer edge and a groove would show up along the side of the cut. After a little thought and effort, I was able to finesse a good surface on the board. What little grooves did show up where easily removed by a bit of belt sanding.
I also used the planer to join edges of a shelf that I am working on. I started by clamping them together upright in my vice and attaching the edge guide to the planer. After just a few passes on a low cut setting, the boards (plywood by the way) where square and ready to go. No chipping was visible.
Overall, the planer has plenty of power and accuracy for the money. I would assume that higher dollar models may have some advantages over this one but like I said, this is the only one I have used. The worst issue I have with this is that the bag fills up very, very fast. I had to empty it (which itself was difficult) at least once every other pass. I should get myself a vacuum adapter for it. Overall, great for the price.
Let me know if you have this one and have had a similar or even different experience.
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