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    Hello everyone - this is my first post to this site and any assistance is greatly appreciated. I am in the market for a planer. I have narrowed the search to the DeWalt 735 and the Ridgid 1300. I have found numerous reviews (usually very favorable) on the DeWalt. However, I have not been able to find the same volume of information on the Ridgid (however, the reviews that I have found are favorable). In my area, the price difference is about $100 (DeWalt being more expensive). I am not opposed to spending the extra $$ if the DeWalt is worth it. However, I don't want to throw money away when the Ridgid would suffice. Any thoughts are welcome and appreciated.

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    I have heard that the Dewalt is a good tool, but I have the 1300 and have been using it for over 2 years without a single problem.
    info for all: http://www.hoistman.com http://www.freeyabb.com/phpbb/index....wwtoolinfoforu --- "I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me."

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    • #3
      I have the grey ridgid and have had not so much as a snipe with it. It was easy to assemble and works well.
      www.TheWoodCellar.com

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      • #4
        Jason----I was shopping for a planer two years ago and the Ridgid was then, and likely still is, a very good unit. BUT---the reason I didn't buy it was that Delta came out with their two-speed model and I ended up getting a special for around the same price as the Ridgid. Now, DeWalt has two new models, both improvements on the Delta. The Ridgid (with the caveat concerning current parts availbility/CS) is very good, but it's old technology compared to the Delta or new DeWalts. And, yes, the two speeds DO make a big difference----DeWalt's multiple speeds and or their three knives perform a similar function.
        Dave

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        • #5
          I have the dewalt three blade planer, it been super for me, use it alot, handels oak, walnut, poplar and more with out a wimper, smooth as glass, no snipe, plus the depth stop is handy also, had a year now and am on my second set of blades. [img]smile.gif[/img] Life is good=just like a good day in the shop!

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          • #6
            When I bought my planer I shopped around a lot. I found an an artical in the April 2001 Popular Woodworking magazine that compaired The Craftsman 21713, the Delta 22-540, the Delta 22-560 the Dewalt DW 733, the Grizzly G1017, The Grizzly G8794, The Jet JWP14-4P, The Mikita 2012NB and the Ridgid TP1300.
            They rated the Delat22-560 as "Best Value" They rated the DeWalt Dw733 and the Rigid TP1300 as "Editor's Choice". I bought the Ridgid TP1300 about a year after I bought it I began having problems with it feeding the lumber through, then finally it quit feeding lumber at all. I took it to Rigid's (Outsorced service shop) I haven't got my Planer back yet, with no help from Rigid or Home Depot-- I would not recommend the Ridgid at all

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            • #7
              Ted,

              when you say problem feeding lumber, what do you mean? Was it just not taking the wood?

              Jim

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              • #8
                The Problem turned out to be the little gear box the transfers power to the rollers was bad. It started out nor feeding once in a while then it started not feeding when it was used for a few minutes, then it quit feeding at all. The guy from the repair shop said He had replaced a number of these gear boxes

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