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Does anyone have any input on the Ridgid 13" three bladed planer ? H D has a 10% off and I am interested if it works well. Thanks In advance, Frank Lee ,Kingman Az
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hi Frank,

ive seen lately that hd has had good prices on the dewalt planers. if you can find a dewalt, id get one! i have nothing bad to say about the ridgid, but know dewalts planers to be great!

i have ridgid tools, but my dewalt planer is excellant!

i honestly think you would be better satisfied with the dewalt!

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HD is closing out on the DW 735 planers. I've seen in other forums where guys have picked them up for under 150!!!!! that is huge! Problem, is, very limited numbers out there, and it appears that they are not all stores are closing this thing out at the same time. I did hear tell that if you call HD's customer service line, they can let you know the nearest location of a store that has em. Lowes isn't touching the pricing with a 40 foot pole *L*..

as for the planer itself, with the optional infeed/outfeed tables, it is probably by far the best planer for the money out there, sale or no sale...With the tables, snipe is practially eliminated. Everything I've read pretty much backs that claim up....
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I have the ridgid planer and I really like it. I use a lot of rough lumber and put it through its paces and it does every thing I ask of it. For the price you can't go wrong.
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Frank,

I just got one a little bit ago, and so far it has been great.

great machine for the money.

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Thanks guys for the quick responce ! ! ! Sounds like a deal to me. Everyone has their favorites, I have had excellent luck with Rigid, and the price is rite with a 10%discount. Next challenge is my accountant (wife ) We are in the process of selling a timeshare unit so hopefully she will feel sorry for me ! ! Thanks again for everyones help. Frank Lee Kingman Az
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Thanks guys for the quick responce ! ! ! Sounds like a deal to me. Everyone has their favorites, I have had excellent luck with Rigid, and the price is rite with a 10%discount. Next challenge is my accountant (wife ) We are in the process of selling a timeshare unit so hopefully she will feel sorry for me ! ! Thanks again for everyones help. Frank Lee Kingman Az
Hi Frank:

Ridgid has one advantage, if you get the properly packaged product, it has a "Lifetime Service Agreement" the only reason I have for buying Ridgid.

I have the SteelCity 13" 3 blade planer. When I saw the Ridgid in the store, the similarities are uncanny. There are four screws, one on each corner, depth of cut indicator, pinch in and out feed rollers, 3 piece baseplate with hex nut angle adjustments on the intable and outtable.

Speed adjustment is in a different place but both have these funny transmissions that can only be shifted while the planer is running and it affects only the feed speed, not the motor speed. Height adjustment is the same but in a different place. It's like looking at drill presses -- they're all the same.

My suggestion is to shop carefully and let price and desirable options be your guide.

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The newest edition of WOOD magazine issue 196 March 2010 has a shop test of benchtop planers on page 56. I've been loosing sleep lately over which planer I should buy. And I live within a 2 mile radius from a Home Depot and a Lowes. I'm considering that either the Dewalt or Ridgid can be bought at HD off of the same shelf in the same store. The DW735 came in top review above all others, and then the Ridgid 4330 second. The other top number 1 was Makita, but that's not available for cash and carry anywhere I can find near me.

But otherwise, does anyone have any experience with the blade changing on either of these 2 units ? I'm a bit concerned about the life expectancy of having to replace 3 blades at over $50 after every 100 board feet. Thanks.
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The newest edition of WOOD magazine issue 196 March 2010 has a shop test of benchtop planers on page 56. I've been loosing sleep lately over which planer I should buy. And I live within a 2 mile radius from a Home Depot and a Lowes. I'm considering that either the Dewalt or Ridgid can be bought at HD off of the same shelf in the same store. The DW735 came in top review above all others, and then the Ridgid 4330 second. The other top number 1 was Makita, but that's not available for cash and carry anywhere I can find near me.

But otherwise, does anyone have any experience with the blade changing on either of these 2 units ? I'm a bit concerned about the life expectancy of having to replace 3 blades at over $50 after every 100 board feet. Thanks.
Hi Steve:

I tell this story frequently. I had occasion to work on a project that involved the typesetting industry. We had developed a new product and the industry was in transition and we thought, with the right push, it would be a very valid product. We contacted the dominant periodical of the day and we were told that if we wanted a review it would cost $X,000, if the review was to be positive it would be $XX,000, and a full spread with photos would be substantially more.

Magazines frustrate the hell out of me. They charge money for us to read advertisements for which they've been paid. Talk about getting paid at both ends and they're complaining that they can't make money. It's like a Celine Dion TV show, you watch the ads to watch an ad. And, don't think that they didn't get paid to write those articles in the first place.

Now, onto planers :-) There is another thread somewhere wherein I expound on the similarities between planers. I would think 50 bd ft to be a bit low a blade performance number. But, you could be right. I plane a lot of rough-cut softwoods and after two years I've not changed a blade. It's coming soon, though, I can feel it. However, I did do a quick blade test when I returned my first planer and on the SteelCity version, it was a drop in, align the holes, tighten the clamps and away we go, that simple.

BTW, I've been taking a look at the DW735 and although it looks different than everything else, it sure looks like the same motor and cutting head that is on my old SteelCity. The new SteelCity has a helix cutting head, a vast improvement over the DeWalt.

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Celine Dion!!! Ha

Thanks Ron for the info. That was my first suspicion on the article as well, like, let's see who's got the biggest ad in this magazine who benefits from it. I learned early on that the shows that are scheduled on television are merely fillers between the commercials. Right? There is no show on television that wasn't put there to sell you something , is what one of my high school teachers told us. But either way, I'm struggling with this whole blade life vs. replacement cost concept. I bought a $1,200 lawnmower which would be the equivalent of paying someone $40 a week for 30 weeks, or roughly about 2 or 3 seasons of summer lawn mowing. But if I paid someone, then at the end I don't have a lawnmower, and still have to pay someone. Do I buy a more expensive planer to begin with that has better blades and performance for twice the price, or eventually spend that on top of the base price of the planer in a year or two in the cost of replacement blades? That's my dilemma. I'm also hearing carbide blades instead of HSS are the way to go, as well as cylindrical cutter heads. Any thoughts ?

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