You've heard me on this mantra before. There is a "class" of planer that everyone sells. You have it, in fact you have two examples of it. The give away is the depth of cut indicator on each. They are positioned identically. Did you buy the Ridgid new? If so, do you have the lifetime warranty? For me, that's the only qualifier for Ridgid over Dewalt. Take the 3 blade and get the carbide blades for it. The planer blades should be reversible and just drop in.
This is a picture of mine. It has a two speed transmission but it doesn't have the column lock to reduce snipe. Look at the location of the depth of cut indicator, the caps for the motor brushes and almost everything else. Now, look at both of yours and you'll see some of this, on yours. Mine has three reversible blades, two speeds.
Last edited by allthunbs; 05-16-2010 at 08:28 PM.