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Forum topic by ptkaster posted 08-20-2012 01:15 AM 955 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-20-2012 01:15 AM

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Contemplating a decision and hoping my fellow LJ’S could help. Theres a $200 Ridgid 13” planer on craigslist that is lightly used and appears to be in very good condition. Theres also the ryobi planer thats 230 new at HD. The Ridgid is 400 new. the ryobi actually gets better reviews than the ridged on HD. any help?


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#1 posted 08-20-2012 01:35 AM

I had the Ryobi and it did a pretty good job. It doesn’t have infeed or outfeed tables so you get some snipe but that’s ok if you plan for it. The Ryobi has 2 blades and doesn’t produce quiet as good of finish as the 3 blade planers. I have the new Ridgid 4331 and like it. It has a locking feature for the cutter head and an improved chip removal port. I guess it comes down to deciding if 200 bucks is worth the warranty or not. You also have to back out the price of a new set of knives that you would most likely need to buy on the used one. Some posts have said the HD will honor the 20% HF coupon. If so that would be the way to go – $320 for the 4331 and the Ridgid LSA to boot. One more observation. The Ridgid weighs a lot more than the Ryobi.

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#2 posted 08-20-2012 01:51 AM

In my mind the ryobi gets high marks for being a good machine…....for the money.
The Ridgid gets high marks for being a good machine….period. It has better features, most important of which are the cutter head lock. And I think the Ryobi is also lacking infeed/outfeed tables.
Assuming its in good shape, I’d snag the Ridgid. Its $30 less than the Ryobi (more if sales tax applies). Which you can put toward the new blades it will likely need. But who knows, maybe the seller has an extra set he’ll throw in.

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#3 posted 08-20-2012 02:03 AM

I agree with Tedstor, the Rigid is a better machine.

Had I not gotten a REAL good deal on my Delta I would have bought the Rigid instead!

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#4 posted 08-20-2012 12:19 PM

ridgid. is it gray colored or orange? the older gray units are guaranteed for life against manufacturing defects REGARDLESSS of whether you are the original owner. and in every benchtop planer test in the last 5-7 years, ridgid has always beat out the ryobi, which, with no tables, produces snipe.

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#5 posted 08-20-2012 12:47 PM

I can’t speak for the Ryobi planer, as I have no experience with it. But I do own the Rigid 4331, and it is a very good planer. Snipe is almost nonexistent, it has decent power, and it produces an excellent surface finish. I did have a little trouble getting replacement blades, as they seemed to be out of stock for a long time last year, but I was only looking for them as a backup set. The original blades are holding up well. Chip ejection and dust control are pretty good.

One thing to look out for with a used planer; check the blades by running a board or two through. If they have nicks or are obviously dull, figure that into your offer.

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