Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 80
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by rogersa Rogers-planer
This product is a handymans wish to have around any workshop. It not only leaves a smooth and straight edge, but it's powerful and does the job right the first time. The Ryobi planer is a great tool for the small carpenters project,but also for those larger projects. It is percise,easy to use, but also very heavy duty, and can be portable if need be. Any rough edged piece of lumber can be transformed into beautiful ready to use lumber, that you may find at a home depot store. I as a owner of one, am very satisfied with the product,with no questions asked.
February 27, 2007
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by qualitywork this will do
the job! As powerfull as the competition with less weight and much lower pricetag.
Until yesterday, I used it mostly for planing boards. Yesterday I turned a 6x6 landscape tie into a nice patio post. You'll have to clamp/screw her down, though, partly because of the lightness of this machine.
And I would appreciate (actually with a lot off tools) to get a metric replacement scale for the imperial one within the box-no matter what Mr old woodworker says: metric is more accurate once you're used to it....
July 20, 2007
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by popcornman My 13 inch Ryobi portable planer
I have been purchasing Ryobi products for quite awhile now having aquired a chop saw, cordless drill, biscuit jointer and now a planer. I am most impressed with the quality of the Ryobi products. Someone has taken the time to research and build quality products. I purchased this planer in January after getting a gift certificate at Christmas for the Home Depot. I brought the item home and decided to unpack it and give it a run. I was a little disapointed to find that the height adjust lever was broken but was quickly rectified by calling Home Depot in Cambridge where I purchased the planer and talked with the manager of the tool section and was told that if I were to come to the Depot I could pick up a replacement from them. After returning home I fired up the planer and ran a test board through and was very pleased with the end result and the ease of use. I would recomend this product to anyone looking to aquire a good light duty planer.
March 5, 2007
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Gary1959 A decent machine with sufficient power for the general use handyman. I was able to plane about 100 sq ft of prefinished flooring pieces fairly quickly and with smooth results. This is my first thickness planer so I have nothing to compare with so the only things I can fault with this planer is as follow.
- when planing numerous boards to the same thckness, I found that if there was vibration in a pass, the depth gauge would move by itself. I actually had to tape the dial to the machine so that I could get all boards the same thickness. A locking mechanism of some sort would help.
- if I pass a board through the left side, then pass it again through the right, you would think there shouldn't be any planing to do. Not so. Even if I passed the board through one way then passed again after turning around, it would continue to remove material.
- the rollers seemed to have difficulty pulling the board through so I really had to help them along at times.
Overall, decent machine but for the serious wookworker, I wouldn't recommend.
May 3, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Jonswoodshop Ryobi planer
this is an awesome planer I get ruff cut lumber and make swings and benches, chairs, tables. it is good you must bolt it down because is is light. I planed a 6 by 4 it works great and you can plane so much stuff.
September 10, 2010
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by BountyCaptain WORKS GREAT FOR THE MONEY
I had the earlier model for six years and ran a lot of wood through it, including teak, maple and oak. Blades don't last if you try to rush the process. The new model holds the setting better as far as I can tell. I just ran over three hundred feet of cedar (high mineral content) and pine and experienced no shift in settings. As to the snipe problem mentioned by others........had NO SNIPE using a trick I learned from other woodworkers.......Set extension roller or table slightly HIGHER than planer table and you eliminate snipe. I had no snipe on the 300+ feet of 6" boards.
February 13, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by AKWoodworking good value, not a speed demon
I picked up the floor model from Home Depot for $153. While I was a professional woodworker for 15 years, these days I'm mostly a weekend warrior and wanted the freedom to plane boards when needed. At $60 an hour for local mill time, this machine can quickly pay for itself.
This is certainly not a high-end machine, and I wasn't expecting miracles. On a 6 inch wide piece of hard maple, I could take 1/8" of a turn with the handle, which amounts to about 7 or 8 thousands of an inch per pass. Beyond that the machine really bogged down, but could cut 1/64 th. max in hard maple at 6" wide. I should also mention the piece I was cutting was highly figured, lots of waves and ripples, and despite that the finish was very good. This probably represents a worst-case scenario.
At this rate, it takes about 40 minutes to plane down an average six-foot long board from 3/4" to 1/2". So, if you've got production work to do this is not the machine to do it! I'm sure with softer wood you could take deeper cuts.
The uniformity in stock thickness was better than my local mill. There's probably about 7 thousands of an inch variation in thickness. Snipe is usually 8 to 10 thousands. Just plan on cutting off about 2 inches on the length of your boards, and you won't be disappointed.
At this price level I didn't expect high-end features, so I'm very happy with the machine. I think it would be nice to build an infeed and outfeed table, so you don't have to constantly go from the front to the back of the machine to support the boards. By feeding boards end to end, you can also greatly reduce or eliminate the snipe issue.
in the end, I think this is a great planner for the price. If you're expecting super high-end features on such an inexpensive planer... dream on. Sometimes I think people want something for nothing. This is not an industrial quality machine by any stretch of the imagination.
Be sure to use this machine with a vacuum, preferably a cyclonic dust separator with a large bucket. This thing generates huge amounts of chips, but not much dust. it does spew a fair amount of chips on the floor, so I agree with others that the dust collection could certainly use improvement.
This will also take the Rigid brand blades. They come in 3 packs, so two packages will give you 3 sets of blades for this model. Considering they are dual sided, it's a pretty good value at under $30.
I did notice out of the box and there's a variation of about 7 or 8 thousands from side to side on the planar. Perhaps more care in blade installation would help this. Again, at this price level that's still great.
For the weekend warrior who needs to plane boards on occasion, I think it does a great job and represents a great value.
December 18, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GeoWright Decent planer you can improve for great value.
I got this because of its low price. I do not process lots of lumber and expected to sand or hand-plane to final finish. I was pleasantly surprised at its performance right out of the box. For most work, I do not have to do much hand-planing or sanding at all. The boards come out clean, smooth and parallel. A few strokes with a card-scraper and these boards are super-fine. Sweet!
Assembly is minimal; just attach the adjustment handle & connect dust port to shop vac. It’s a good idea to mount the machine securely on a sturdy table. We had an old school desk that was the right height, so I clamped it to that and got to work. After a few dozen board feet, my wife came into the shop with coffee and noticed a big grin on my face. The results were surprisingly good for this level of tool. I have had good luck with Ryobi tools in the past, but did not expect this to be so good!
After testing it out on soft-woods, I tried some mahogany. Still great! The hardest wood I’ve put through it so far is the walnut, and these were w-i-d-e boards, about ten-inches. On the first day I processed nearly one hundred board feet and had no problems whatsoever. The blades seemed to stay sharp, cut smoothly and the motor never bogged down, but I am always careful to take light passes especially with wide hard boards.
Tips: This tool, like all tabletop planers, is noisy. I found that by mounting it on a plywood base, then attaching that to the table with a cieling-tile in-between, it greatly reduced the volume, since the table-top resonates like the top of a guitar. The soft ceiling tile dampens that quite a bit.
A little duct-tape around the dust-port nozzle improves chip-removal performance. Use a vacuum, not just a bag. That’s important, not just to keep your shop clean, but because it prevents premature wear on blades, rollers and bearings.
Short boards snipe less if you feed them in successively so that the feed-rollers are never empty. That means you have to keep feeding boards in at a steady tempo, but the reduced snipe is worth the effort. I always crosscut boards a little long to allow for snipe and therefore snipe is no problem on long boards.
Another cool thing is the low cost of replacement blades.($30) I got the rigid blades from HD as a spare set, but haven’t had to replace them yet. Still that’s nice to know since replacements for DeWalt blades are nearly twice as much.
Bottom Line: For an inexpensive planer, this no-frills job works beautifully! My friend’s DeWalt might do better on the slow-feed-speed, but his blades wear much faster. I still haven’t had to replace mine. Just remember to take light passes and use the dust collection to keep your blades fresh and the surface-finish smooth.
If I had one suggestion for Ryobi, I would ask that they include dual feed-speeds. Other than that, I can’t figure how they could improve this much without drastically raising the price. Overall I am amazed at the quality for this low price. Use it sensibly, I bet you’ll be glad you got it. So far, this has helped me reclaim about a hundred board feet of expensive hardwood that would have cost a small fortune to buy pre-milled. This little guy has already paid for itself several times over!
November 10, 2010