Rated 3.8 out of 5Â by 116
Rated 2 out of 5Â by mrclements The warranty is none existant
Beware if you need parts up here in BC(Canada) its a nightmare trying to find them. Don't bother going to the vendor as they don't even know where the supplier is for parts or repair. I would think twice about buying any rigid small tool for this reason. Its a joke when you have a warranty and no one including Rigid can send you in the right direction. The number on the parts book that came with the machine is not in service. You have been warned. Don't use the planer if you lose a small blade spring, the button heads do unscrew themselves through vibration and jam the planer. It worked well for a month or two of light usage.
August 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Carpenter599 The best gets better!
The 2 blade planer had a spot in my shop for over 5 years. Even as a hobbyist woodworker, that planer cut over 3 thousand (conservative estimate) linear feet of lumber and never once let me down. And it equalled machines costing thousands of dollars more to purchase. And this 3 blade planer has made an excellent tool markedly better. The fit, finish and muscle of this newest planer is as good as, or better, than the old planer. As long as RIDGID continues to produce tools that are made for the woodworker, they will keep and likely increase their share of the market. I just hope they don't start making changes with just the change in mind. So far, so good. Or should I say "GREAT!!!!!"
June 24, 2009
Rated 3 out of 5Â by ladysmith Didn't last
I've had this planer for about 3 years and put maybe 30 hours on it. I like the 13" width and over 6" height. It has recently started to squeal, and I'm assuming the belt or gears are done. There is also a problem with this type of planer design where the moving parts for adjusting the height are on the inside. Sawdust collects around them and it can be difficult to lower the head enough to plane 3/4" or less boards.
January 23, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by KaCey Purchased my planer on Sept 17, 2011 and used it casually for two months. Planer starting making really bad grinding sounds and slipping so I took to the local service depot. The entire gearbox, drive was ripped apart and needed to be replaced. Parts were not available and I had to wait 8 weeks. Got it back and it worked great for about 2 months and then it all started again. Its now been at the service place for 6 weeks and I'm told it will be 6 more weeks at least before a pulley comes in from Rigid out of the US. I'm also told mine is not the only planer there getting fixed with the same problem. It has a geat warranty but from my experience it sure needs it as it will spend almost 50% of it's time getting fixed. I've gone out and puchased a DEWALT planer to use in the mean time and it's been working great so far, but I've only had it a couple months.
November 21, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5Â by Rayzor Ridgid 13 in planer
I purchased this product three years ago. I took it for servicing for the first time after planing approximately 20 linear feet of 6 inch wide oak. Problem: It just will not self-feed the material. It eagerly draws the material in for a foot or two then stalls...with cutters effectively doing what they do - cut!
I do not use the tool very often but will need to have it serviced asap as it only (successfully) feeds 3 inch or less material. Anything wider must be pushed the remainder of the way through. And that is not what I purchased this tool for. Because I only use it a few times in the course of a year it's very disappointing to haul it out, to 'push' boards through yet once again! So, it's back to 'serving' with the first 'servicing' receipt still attached to the carrying handle.
March 12, 2012