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Forum topic by lansinwd posted 07-30-2014 01:17 PM 2533 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-30-2014 01:17 PM

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I am looking at getting a bigger planer to speed up the process a bit. One option available to me (2 hour drive to get) is a very lightly used RBI 820. This has a 15” planer capacity and has a 5 HP motor. The person is asking $1000, but seems willing to go lower. There seems to be very little on the web in regards to reviews, and of the few sparse reviews, they seem to range from terrible to fantastic. I would probably just hold off for a cheaper planer, but I like the idea of being able to use the sanding feature for end grain cutting boards. Not sure I would use the molder or gang cutting options at all.

Does anyone here have any experience with this particular model or RBI in general?

-- Broken promises don't upset me. I just think, why did they believe me

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#1 posted 07-30-2014 01:25 PM

For that kind of money, I’d hold off unless you really want the sanding feature. In my experience planers with the ability to switch out the cutter head for a sanding drum or moulding head are great from a versatility standpoint but leave a little to be desired when compared to a dedicated machine. You can get a brand new Grizzly for close to the asking price of this used machine. Personally, I’m holding out for a good deal on a 20” planer in decent shape and not too far away. Right now there’s a JET 15” for $500 and a Powermatic 15” for $700, each less than an hour from me.

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#2 posted 08-21-2014 02:10 PM

I am starting to understand that there has been little experience with the RBI combo machine, however, I thought I would give this one more shot as I think I am going to pull the trigger on a planer this weekend. A guy pretty close to me has a 15” Delta (22-780X) good shape (dull blades) and is pretty firm at $700. The RBI that mentioned before has dropped down to $850 and I have a feeling he will go to $750.

Any thoughts on what I should do? The RBI has a 5HP motor and 20” cut, but I only build small projects for the most part (but would like to buy rough lumber) so the extra width and power would not be a huge factor, I am more concerned with longevity (quality) of the tool. The molder head would be nice for some picture frames that I would like to make though. Only other difference is the drive 15 minutes for the Delta 4 hours round trip for the RBI,

Or should I continue to wait for a better deal. I still need to get a BS and a Jointer, so the better I do with saving money on buying the right planer, the quicker I can move on the other tools.

@bigblockyeti, I saw the Jet and Powermatic that you were talking about as well, but I have never heard back from either seller on them so there wasn’t much of an option there, hopefully you were able to get a hold of them.

Thanks for any advice.

-- Broken promises don't upset me. I just think, why did they believe me

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#3 posted 08-21-2016 03:46 AM

What did you end up doing? I’m 2 years late, but having been a dealer for RBI in times past I have a lot of experience with their machines. They are not particularly cleverly made, but they are durable, and many parts are off the shelf stuff. I have an old 612 model I bought new in 1980 (?) and it’s still running strong. I’ve replaced one feed roller and another needs replacing now. Thousands of bd ft of hardwood lumber have gone through it and it has made many hundreds of linear feet of custom molding.
At $750 dollars, I would not have hesitated and would have walked past your other choices to get it.


-- Dan Krager, Olney IL If you take something apart and put it back together enough times, eventually you will have two of them.

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