I was at my local BORG last night and saw three Ridgid 13" planers in the
clearance section. I saw no price so I thought I'd give it a try and ask if
they were included, not expecting that they would be. Well they are! The
question I have is are they worth it? It's the 13" model, ususally sels for
$399, now $329. I don't knwo much more like the Model number, I was in a
hurry at the time, and of course HD's web site sucks and doesn't list it.
Any help would be appriciated.
YES YES YES YES OH GOD YES!!!!!!!!! (C:
I got mine at regular price, and I love it. I posted yesterday in
response to someone else's question re: the Ridgid planer, but to
recap--it required no tweaking--took it out of the box and it worked.
Honestly the most difficult thing was to set up the stand. It also
came with a chip-collector hood, which was SCHWEET. Plugs right into
my dust collector. It's snipe-free, relatively quiet (for a planer),
and works on everything I put through it. The finish is
stain-ready--no sanding required.
I absolutely love mine. YMMV.
I'll give you the obvious answer, Ben. "depends on what you plan to
do with it."
I run a custom cabinetry business from my 2 1/2 car garage. I have
always kept one thing in mind when purchasing new equipment: "Go big
or stay home" and I have never regretted it. All of the equipment in
the shop is high end/high power, except....
for my 13" Rigid planer purchased from the BORG about a 1.5 years ago.
I had been shopping a 20"+ planer for a while. Looked at Powermatic,
Jet, etc. I was set on the Powermatic when my old 13" delta planer
broke down on a job site. I was a few hours from home (and my shop,
and any tool retailers) in a dimly populated area in mid-michigan. I
had no choice but to run to the nearest BORG (about 1.25 hours) and
grab the only model they had in stock - the rigid. ALthough I am
still planning on replacing it with the Powermatic (when I have $1700
laying around), it has served us well on an almost daily basis for
over a year.
Only caveat - it doesnt have a whole lot of power. keep the knives
very sharp and don't try to take off too much in a single pass.
TP1300 was the one I bought. Pretty sure this is and Emerson tool, and not
one of the 'new breed'. Unless you either: a) Don't really NEED a
thickness planer, or b) NEED a much larger, heavier duty tool, the Ridgid
planer is a good deal, especially at $329.
Things to consider:
* Buy a couple of extra sets of blades while you're there, and put them
away in your shop. When you need them, you'll need them right away.
* Figure out a mobile base option, because dragging the planer and base
around will get old in a hurry.
* Buy or find a scrap of MDF, or melamine or similar, and make a bed
insert, if you want to thin stock below 4/4.
* Then hook up the shop vac or DC, and make chips!
The first time I changed the blades, it took me 45 minutes. The second
time, 10 minutes. Don't try to take off too much with one pass (1/16"
maybe? with hardwoods.)
Unless I needed the $1700 Powermatic, or the old Parks planer that Keeter
envies, this Ridgid would be my choice again.
Doesn't the Ridgid 3100 use double edge replaceable blades? I had
thought these are indexed to fit right into the holder without messing
with jacks and height adjustment. What was the problem you
encountered on the first blade change vs the second?
Yes, for $329, it's a good buy and still a good planer. The latest
reviews still pit it against the new two speed Delta and DeWalts, and
it holds its own.
I have had mine for 2 or 3 years and love it. Granted, I'd probably
shell out the money for the new DeWalt today, but if cost is a factor
with you, buy the Ridgid.
I had the Jet portable years ago, sold it and bought the 13" Planer/Molder
stationary Jet model. While it is quite, compared to the portable ones, I
have a lot of snipe problems.
I recently bought the Ridgid TP1300, and of the three, this is the one I
like the best. This is based on snipe free, easy usage. The big Jet unit
can still be used for the *big* jobs, but I haven't had the need to crank it
up for several months now.
My advice, you can't go wrong, especially at $329!!!
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