Rated 5 out of 5 by TXcody Great tool
I used this planer to plane down a rough cut 6' 4"x4". I was worried at first I might need to help it feed through, but this planer pulled it through without any struggle. The rough cut lumber came out very smooth. It has been great for me and seems to be well constructed. I think this machine will last me a long time.
February 9, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by ToddE Great price, but you get what you pay for.
First unit, picked up in mid November, lasted less than a week. Sounded as if the bearings were failing, or something was misaligned. I had already started the project, so time was of the essence. Swapped it in for #2. It lasted a while longer, but did not seem to cut at the same speed. Bogged down on pine. Attributed to dull blades. Today, the lift mechanism failed. Seems the set screws backed out and were lost. Unit #3 was picked-up this morning. It has a defective cutting head. The boards are scored as they pass through the unit. #3 cuts better than the other two by far, but I can't have this line in the middle of the work. #4 tonight.
January 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by SouthernBuilder Good Results, Good Features, Reliable
This was my first RIDGID bench power tool. I've not only used it, but I've had it in commercial use as well. We planed a huge stack of lumber that was used to create a custom ceiling in an outdoor entertaining area. The result was shown to a local celebrity for ideas! None of the local millwork shops could make the turnaround time so we did it ourselves. It went through 20+ sets of planer blades (flipped!) without any operational issues. If the wood had been better de-nailed the number of blades might have been lower. I liked this tool so much that I bought the table saw and several other RIDGID items. This planer kicks the pants off the Dewalt planer.
January 3, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by MichaelLTucker Easy to use and setup. Many useable features.
The older models the thickness dial tends to wonder with an extra thick cut or when the blades get a bit dull. You want the newest model with the thickness dial lock.
December 31, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by JerryWood Lots of features and performance at good price
This is a great planner with all the features a wood worker needs. It handles wide stock and has good power. It is easy to use and set up. It makes accurate cuts and is a good value for the money. With this planner you can save a lot of money by buying S2S and S3S lumber and planning it yourself.
November 28, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by d3signer very easy to use with great repeatability
I have been using my planer on everything from white oak and treated deck boards to mahogany and redwood with great results. Blade changes are easy and the vacuum system clears most of chips away. The repeatability is better than some friend's more expensive machines.
November 24, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Weldbuster This product is easy to use.
This product is easy to use and like the some of the other rigid power tools I have has a lockout key to prevent children or other people not familiar with the product from using it.
November 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by snowbirdexpress My new thickness planer is slicker than snot on a pump handle.
This is the second thickness planer I have owned made by Ridgid. It is easy to use and is a great tool to have in the shop. I am 70 years old, and I have used thickness planers for many years... since the 10th grade of H.S. Many of my earlier years' planers were more of a commercial-industrial type, but now my wood working is slowing down, as is my own body, so the stationary thickness planer by Ridgid is more to my speed. It is a good tool and does a great job for "non-production" work. I am pleased with it as a licensed residential-commercial Handyman. It does everything I ask of it and possibly more. A good investment for the work shop of any woodworking enthusiast.
November 24, 2014