|Forum topic by Dabcan||posted 07-22-2013 01:30 AM||1055 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
07-22-2013 01:30 AM
So I have a Ridgid 4330 planer which has served me well. The other day, I had a board shoot across the room and sparks fly out of the machine. After taking off the dust hood, it has become apparent that two bolts on one of the blades came a bit loose, enabling the blade to dig very deep into the wood (hence it shooting across the room). This broke one blade, but also bent the metal piece which holds it down, and sheared off another piece of metal which aligns the blades.
Now before everyone starts telling me it has a lifetime warranty, I didn’t send in the card, so it doesn’t. I’ll need to replace both of these pieces of metal, plus labour to repair it (not sure I can figure out how to get it all apart). And finally I’ll need a new set of blades. I’m thinking I could easily be in for $300 in repairs (on a $500 planer in Canada).
While I’ve been very happy with the planer, it isn’t the best on figured woods, and I wouldn’t mind if the width was a bit wider, so any recommendations on an upgrade? I’m happy to buy used, and under $1000 please…
Thanks for the help.