Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 59
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Guildwoodguy RYOBI 3-1/4 inch Hand Planer - Good Value
I purchased the Ryobi 3-1/4 inch hand planer to refinish a tough piece of hard maple. It is easy to hold and use and adjustable to several thicknesses for ease of removing material. The sawdust bag is a bit small but it couldn't be made too much bigger without making the planer unweildy. Easy to empty the bag, though. This is a good product for any amateur woodworker who wants to get a good smooth finish on a carpentry job. Just a note: the materials that come with the hand planer recommend that it be used only for narrow pieces of wood, like the edges of doors. I have used it successfully for planing a large piece of maple that is about 23 inches wide. The results have been good.
June 11, 2012
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by RickD Barely adequate
This is an inexpensive and cheap planer. It does accomplish non-precision planing jobs efficiently and has adequate power, but it does not have fine-enough adjustment steps to allow fine finish work. It is OK for planing floor joists down to level and that sort of rough planing, but very difficult to achieve any precision finish planing with. Even the "zero" depth setting will plane off about 1/32nd of an inch. I guess that is to be expected from a $70 power tool. I am not really dissatisfied with it, but wish I had spent more for higher quality. It is a reasonable value if you know its limitations and need it for not-too-critical material removal.
October 30, 2007
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by perset Two thumbs up
I did 3 doors in about a half hour, and had never used an electric planer before. The doors look great.
June 2, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mybuell Great planer!
We needed a small hand held planer for those unexpected issues that come up and pieces don't fit exactly the way you want. Simple set up; light weight; need to read manual so you push down and press front to back as you begin and end planing so you don't gouge work area. I would recommend this product.
April 9, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SiberianDIYer Impressive!
I highly reccomend this planer! I was in the middle of home renovations, and I needed to plane a door easily and quickly (never planed a door before). I selected this planer following a review I read. IMPRESSIVE! I cannot compare with other brands but, from my perspective as an amateur DIY, this tool performed extremely well on my first job. Easy to set-up, easy to use, blade adjustments are very precise, and the shaving collection bag is a big plus for me. Highly reccomended. For the price, it does the job very well. All and all, this planer helped me to do a job like a pro would.
March 4, 2007
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Randy 5-amp 3-1/4 in. corded hand planer
It works great and easy to use. Reasonable priced at that.
May 6, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by alz3kids Worked as descibed
Perfect for planning 10 six panel doors ,no need to get saw out.
May 12, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Wingman0193 Exceptional Value for a casual DIYer
I was originally torn between spending $160 on the dewalt, or $65 on the Ryobi. After some thought and realizing that this is not a tool that will be used every day, I opted for the Ryobi. After using this, I don't think that there is a better option available for the money. I had expected this planer to be so-so and barely get the job done. This is not the case! It has had all the power I need - so far I've planed DFL and oak with no problems. The only problem , in my opinion, is with the debris collector. It's engineered to allow material to discharge out of either side. I've had issues with it spitting material out the wrong side, but I can deal with this.
My planer also came in a nice plastic crate that stores the planer and a free additional blade. This was a big plus as I'm sure that I will inevitably hit a nail or something similar that will bang up the blade. For the money, I'm extremely happy with this purchase.
February 27, 2015