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Father’s day sale…I can get this planer for about $150. Anybody know anything about it? I will use it for cutting boards, boxes etc.


-- Nancy

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#1 posted 805 days ago

I’ve seen those in action and there was an incredible amount of snipe.
I’m not sure if it was due to improper set up or an inherent problem or some of both.

If cost is a factor there have been some great reviews on the HF planer.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 805 days ago

I’m seeing things in the reviews like- “only occasionally notched the wood” and “can only get about 1/128” sometimes a little more without the blades moving up on me.”
I wouldn’t be excited to see it.

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#3 posted 805 days ago

I have a Ryobi bandsaw and Ryobi router table… they’re both perfectly adequate for what you get. Not sure how I feel about a two-blade planer.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#4 posted 805 days ago

Nancy, I know lots of folks wish they could buy a decent planer for 150 bucks. Sad truth is You cant. If you have next to no expectations you may like it. THere is a reason it is only 150 bucks . And yes I understand that is the sale price but I mean even at the normal price.

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#5 posted 805 days ago

I went with the Ridgid. My thought was little more money lifetime warrenty. I love it.

-- Richard

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#6 posted 805 days ago

I have the Ryobi AP1301 planer (the one you show). It’s fine. Yes it snipes (cuts deeper on the first and last couple of inches) due to infeed and outfeed roller / support issues. Virtually all lunch box planers do this to some extent. I have found that lifting up on the back of the board slightly while starting the infeed, and pickup up on the front when the outfeed spits the board out virtually eliminates the snipe.

Mind you, it’s no DeWalt DW735 by any means, but I would stack it up against the Delta / Porter Cable planers, and that suggestion about the HF planer is downright laughable… I’m no Harbor Freight hater, but I have seen those planers in the store. They aren’t even close to the same level as the Ryobi…

My only real complaint with this planer is the 2.5” dust port. it works okay, but can be easily overwhelmed…

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#7 posted 805 days ago

Here are some experiences other LJ members. I would recommend PMing a couple of them and getting a break down on their general experience. Most of them would have had some long term experience by now.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#8 posted 805 days ago

dbhost, I was kidding about the HF planer. Sorry it didn’t come across that way.

There are quite a few planers in the same price range as the HF that are pretty adequate.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#9 posted 805 days ago

This planer is a replacement for the earlier Ryobi 1300 model, and from what I have seen by looking at it closely at Home Depot, it is considerably inferior to that earlier model – which I own. Cost cutting is probably the reason.

Some of the obvious cost cuts:

1. The 1301 does not have a depth-of-cut gauge. This entry-mounted gauge tells you on the quick just how much wood is about to be shaved off. I consider it a mandatory accessory.
2. The outfeed and infeed tables on the 1301 are smaller. This probably will not make the thing radically more snipe prone, but, on the other hand, maybe that is the reason some have said that the 1301 has a snipe problem. Properly set up tables (tedious work) have allowed my 1300 model to have minimum snipe, so I the bigger the outfeed and infeed tables, the better.
3. It does not have a cutter lock. (Some deluxe models may not need such a lock, but the 1300 needs it and I can assume the 1301 does, too.) Without the cutter being fully stablized the planing work may be erratic.

I own quite a few Ryobi tools, and Ridgid tools, as well, and so I have no axe to grind against the companies, but I would pass on getting this 1301 planer unless you just want it for rough and tumble work. I suppose it is an OK beginner’s tool.

A photo of my 1300 model is attached for comparison purposes. You can see the depth-of-cut gauge (yellow tag on it) right above the entry point of the tool, and if you look at the photo of the 1301 in the ad you noted you will see no such gauge. You can see the cutter lock handle of my 1300 (also with a yellow tag) higher up on the unit. No such item is on the 1301 in that ad photo.

Howard Ferstler

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#10 posted 805 days ago

With $150 and a little patience, you could probably find a really nice older machine in great condition that will run circles around that little Ryobi. Heck, considerably less if you are willing to do a little maintenance work/repair. One of the downsides to the Ryobi that I see is the disposable two sided blades. 13” blades aren’t cheap, so it’s a lot more cost effective to pay the ~$1 an inch to have them sharpened locally. Maybe it’s just me, but the only ‘disposable’ thing I like on my tools are the wood chips :)


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#11 posted 805 days ago

Father’s day sale… Hint : Give Dad a gift certificate and let him buy what he really wants or needs : )
Nothing worse than being stuck with an inferior product that you can’t EVER get rid of because your child , parents, other relative or close friend gave it to you.

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#12 posted 805 days ago

Thanks guys! You just saved me $150(not to mention the wood I would have wasted) and throwing a tool down the hill!!!! I will put the $$ in the fund for a Dewalt.
I am feelin the love!

-- Nancy

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#13 posted 805 days ago

I have that planer. I bought it a few years ago as an interum until my shop was done. I can’t wait to upgrade, but I have got my moneys worth out of it. I built an infeed and outfeed right through the planer to help with the snipe. I take the last pass with hand planes as well.

I haven’t decided if I will get the dewalt or sonmething bigger.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#14 posted 805 days ago

No Ryobi tools left in my shop! they seem like adequate bargain priced tools and they used to have a much better reputation than they do now and deservedly so. They have devolved into the black and decker quality items that they are. cheap means cheap

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#15 posted 804 days ago

Save your money.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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