32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2009
Planes boards to a perfectly smooth (nearly mirror) finish. Width of finished board is (as far as I can tell with my precision) dead on. I like the adjustments on the side for repetitive cuts (1/8,1/4, .. etc). The cut depth gague in the front is nice so I accidentally don't try to make it take too much board at once then it can handle. Powerful! This planer seemed to laugh at the 10 inch wide oak boards I sent through it. I cut the boards from a tree with a Alaskan chainsaw portable sawmill. Each board needed numerous passes to get it down to nice smooth usable lumber. The blades lasted quite a long time. Changed blades after 20 boards, 10' long, 10" wide, receiving around 5 (on average) passes per side, I just turned around the blades and continued planing. The double sided blades are nice. I had an old 12" delta and as I used to either have to get the blades re-sharpened or throw them out once the single side had dulled.
As always... love the lifetime warrenty
The hex wrench that came with it for changing the blades stripped and was unusable almost immediately. It was stripped before I changed the first blade. I actually find it easier to use a standard hex wrench for the leverage. Just have to be careful....
Dust collection is "ok", but I don't expect perfection from my 5.5hp big box store shopvac...
45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2010
If your going to buy one of these units make sure it's the newer version three blade. At some point in the last year or so the design changed slightly and they added a third blade. Home Depot carries these in both the new three blade version and two blade version. Same model number and SKU#. The older vs has a tool box located on the left side of unit, looking at it from the entry side. The newer version the tool box is located under the exit tray. (Heads up)
We have had one of these for about four years. Only used on a couple of projects. The unit works great as long as you use dry wood. We bought some Premium 2x6's at Home Depot and on the third to fourth pass the motor on this unit fried. The so called Premium wood was still to wet for the two blade version Turns out that Ridgid won't honor the lifetime warranty.
Also the dust collection on the older version clogs too easily, even when your using a commercial shop vac system.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2010
I bought Ridgid's newest model thickness planer after I had beat the older model to death with daily use for over a decade. The brushes on the motor finally gave on the old one so I got the new one with plans to have the old one refurbished when I have time.
This newest model has plenty of power for me. I make historic window replicas and use this machine almost daily. I bought both machines, my old one and this new one at Home Depot so I wouldn't ever be without replacement blades, even on a Sunday.
So blade change time came and I went to Home Depot only to find out that my Home Depot only carries the blades for the old machine, even though they haven't sold it for years, and only stock the new machine. That leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
But the part that makes this particular machine not worth the money isn't that. It's the blade changing design. These machines are designed to have the blades changed. No big deal. But you have to be able to get the blades out.
The old model used hex head bolts to fix the blades in place. That was a good idea. The new model uses allen head bolts that are rounded over on top. You use an allen wrench to get the blades out. That was a bad idea. Bad idea because if one of the bolts strip out, like four have done on mine, they are impossible to get out and change your blades. I can't get a wrench around it to turn it or anything, not even needle nose vise grips. Such a shame.
Now I have to remove it from the stand and take it in to get serviced, which means serious down time. Oh well. You live and learn. I guess next time I know what else to look for when I buy one of these machines.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2011
I did a pile of research. Like many, I decided on the Makita planer in my mind. But rather than buying it, I went down to my local rental house, and rented the Makita. Used it for a full day.
We are planing about 900 square feet of 'old world' mahogany that was pulled out of a house built in the early 1900's.
Day one went well. I was impressed with the Makita. It did not have a dust hood, so we made a huge mess though.
After about 15 boards, all under 8' long, we'd shut the machine off, clean the blades, clean the rollers and clean and lube the table. We did this for about 8 hours worth of work. Standard planer operating procedure.
Was happy with the planer, no complaints. Returned it the next morning, and ran to Home Depot prepared to buy it (at $80 a day, a one day trial was enough). Home Depot didn't have the Makita in stock.
So we opted to buy the Ridgid 3 blade model instead, with the option of returning it in 90 days if we really really wanted the Makita.
I don't want the Makita any more.
The Ridgid worked better, faster, gummed up less and had better results. I don't know if the Makita had a 'sharpened' blade or a brand new blade (as the rental shop claimed), but it lasted one day before we had the obvious 'dull blade' scenario. No, no nails were hit. It was just dull. We were chipping a load of paint and varnish, so a day isn't so bad for life of a blade IMHO. Expected.
The Ridgid's blades are $30 to replace vs. the Makita $50. Plust the Ridgid's are reversable, the Makita ones are not (that I can tell).
For $150 less, and double the blade life, we went with the Ridgid.
It's adjustment action is not as smooth vertically, but the results are without question better than the Makita when all is said and done.
Snipe? Not a problem. There is no way you're giving up 8" per board with this machine. We measured it out, and about half the stock we ran came out with zero snipe, the other half between an inch or two. And even that was minimal snipe depth. We, of course, calibrated the tables prior to starting so that helps. The plastic top doesn't seem like it will last very long passing stock back over it, so I docked it a star for not at least having a wear plate, or some metal up top.
Very happy, and I have no intention on buying the Makita.
Obviously I can't speak to longevity yet, but if your're in the market, this planer (the three blade version) is a great deal AND perfoms really well. Even head-to-head on identical material as the Makita. In fact, we ended up re-running about 25% of the stuff we planed on the Makita to smooth out the tearing and level out some of the snipe.
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2010
I purchased one of these about 3 1/2 years ago and can't stop emphasizing how good the peformance has been, especially at the price. I am a woodworker that builds just about everything I'm asked to. I've been using this planer consitantly, at least 3-4 hours a week for the last year...I cut my own lumber, joint it, resaw it, and plane it with this item.
I too have never changed the blades...not to say that they can't give better cuts if I did, but the fact that they have performed so well (for so long) to this point amazes me. I plane all kinds of woods...pine, douglas fir, oak, gum, persimmons (white ebony), hickory, and alot of cherry and black walnut. Alot of hardwoods listed!
Other reviews don't speak as high as they should due to processes they shouldn't be doing...wet wood is a no-no on any planer. When properly hooked up to a 4" dust collector system, it works great. Maybe a wrench that arrives to change the blades out is junk...but the planer itself is what this review is on. It may not be as powerful as some may have predicted, but for the cost it's awesome, just take lighter cuts.
Best Bang-for-Buck...and FYI, I'm not an employee of Rigid...I am a constant customer of Home Depot.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2010
I've had my Ridgid 13" planer for several months now.. Run a lot of wood through and it works great. However, blade changing time comes along.. Most of the screws that hold the blades have welded in place.. Apparently, the cutter head is aluminum and the screws ( metric ) are steel. Dis-similar metals corrode and seize.. After ruining the cheap tool they send to remove the screws as well as another hardened wrench, slotting the top of the screw, chilling the screw with dry ice and several other methods, I'm probably going to have to grind the screw heads off, remove the blades and then attempt to get the threaded stud out of the hole.. If that doens't work, you replace the $140 cutterhead. From reading reviews, this seems to be a recurring problem..
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2010
I've had this planner now for nearly two years. I was lucky enough to get the display model from HD at a 30% discount. So it turns out I have the older 2 blade model. With that in mind I guess I should be happy with what I have, and I am, but not entirely. I don't use this machine on a regular basis. I only use it if a project requires that I have to use stock that is not the standard 3/4 or 1/2" that you normally buy at your local home center. Most recently however I have found some excellent boards (white oak) that were inside an old barn that would be perfect for a project so I decided to clean them up on my planner. One of my main complaints is that I get chip out in portions along the board getting planned. The blades are nearly new so I don't think thats the problem. It also could be that I am on the same circuit as my dust collector and the planner is not running at full potential. To hard to tell. But it has happened since day one. I have installed a dedicated 20amp circuit for the dust collector and I still have chip out. The other problem is that the boards will stop feeding into the machine unless I push or pull the stock through. I was able to overcome this by waxing the feeder tables with Johnson's paste wax. The locking mechanism on the side has lost it's locking capability somehow and I will have to find a fix for that. The planner came with a stand that I assembled and found was missing two crossbars. Ridgid immediately sent me the parts I was missing (in a mismatched color...oh well). Overall, I never know what to expect when I go to use it. Sometimes I get great results, other times I get chip out as mentioned above. Sometimes I get snipe and other times I don't. I wouldn't call myself an experienced woodworker. I'm more of a weekend warrior in my wood shop. I have a ridgid table saw which I am very happy with as well as some other ridgid products. It just seems that this planner does not perform as I would expect. I would be hesitant to recommend this to a friend. Hope this helps.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2010
I had actually purchased this unit back in October 2010. I have used it several times (would have used it more but life comes first...hobby second). I made the decision to purchase this unit based on the reviews here and a good review it received in Wood Magazine. I am just starting to fit out a wood working shop in my garage. Like everyone else these days I needed my tool budget to go as far as it could go so I went with the Ridgid. I have not been disappointed with the performance of the tool. I do get a little bit of snipe but nothing too drastic. Truth be told, I could probably adjust the feed tables and get some of it to go away. So far it has not been a big issue in my projects as I generally have to trim the stock to a shorter length anyway. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to post a tool review!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2014
Works great, but now I am unable to get parts. I contacted Ridgid and their response was (in my words), so sad to bad. I have many Ridgid tools, so I am not putting Ridgid down, just not very happy that I have to trash my planer. I rate this as I hate it because of not being able to get parts, otherwise the rating would be I love it, - sorry Ridgid.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2010
I was please to find my Ridgid planer for $369 and free shipping. It was easy to set up and it has the right features to ensure quality work. I reviewed quite a few brands and I believe this one had the right features and price to be the best value.