I've been looking at planers and at the low end of the price range I found
the Grizzly G0505 and the Ryobi AP1301. Does anyone have experience with
either of these planers, and if so, how do you like them? Any problem with
availability of replacement knives or other parts?
Actually, yes. I was just looking a a review of planers and the Ridgid was
pretty highly rated and includes all of the extras that the others don't
(extra set of knives, dust port, and stand). It looks like a pretty good
value for $379.
Ditto on the Ridgid. I've got one that's several years old and it
continues to work well. As for Grizzly, well I own a bandsaw, jointer,
and table saw from them. Generally happy with all of them. I haven't
seen their planers so can't comment. I don't think I've ever even looked
into a Ryobi tool.
From my viewpoint I would't touch another Ryobi tool. Having said that I do
own one of the older 12-1/4 Ryobi planers that has been in my shop for 10 to
12 years. I love it.
However, Ryobi has a bad habit of leaving its customers high and dry with
regard to parts and accessories. When I purchased the planer,replacement
knives were about $14. Over a period of 6-8 years they crept up to the low
$20 range, but still quite reasonable by comparison to similar machines.
Then they disappeared. I found a local repair shop and some internet
sources that would be glad to sell them in the $70 to $90 dollar range.
With a 10+ year old machine that made me wonder if I could afford to operate
it. Luckily, one of the folks who hang out here put me onto a set of 12-1/2
inch Delta blades that have an extra alighment hole but works fine.
Some will bad-mouth Grizzly service for various reasons. I suspect many
have no real experience with them. From my experience I have had nothing
but good experience with initial deliveries; and a few repair/replace
experiences. If you call their service line they will probably provide
names and phone numbers of local customers who have made similar purchases
(at least they do with bigger machines). Customers consent to provide this
information and it gives you a chance to talk to an owner or even touch the
Yeah - I didn't go into that in my post. Years ago Ryobi made pretty good
power tools, lawn trimmers, etc. I think their lawn tools may be ok but the
origninal Ryobi tool quality seems in doubt. My older planer is built like
a tank and keeps on going. It gets a fair amount of use too.
I've got the Ryobi AP1300. I've had it for about 2 years and have had
no problems. Changing blades is easy, it's plenty powerful and I
would buy it again. I'm not a big Ryobi fan otherwise, but read some
good reviews on this planer before buying it. I also know that the
AP10?? the original benchtop planer was a classic that many people
liked, so I took the chance and have not regretted it.
| I've been looking at planers and at the low end of the price range
| I found the Grizzly G0505 and the Ryobi AP1301. Does anyone have
| experience with either of these planers, and if so, how do you like
| them? Any problem with availability of replacement knives or other
Not the G0505, but an earlier 12-1/2" Grizzly lunchbox planer (looks
the same except handle on top instead of rollers). Works well - still
using original knives and haven't needed any replacement parts.
My only complaints are that it's really noisy and that it has no
provision for capturing shavings. I keep a snow shovel and a super
large dust pan parked beside mine. It merits its own trash can.
I haven't tried the Ryobi - but given my experience with two other
Ryobi products (a 10" benchtop circular saw and a benchtop drill
press) I don't think I'd spend /my/ money on one of their planers.
DeSoto, Iowa USA
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