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  • Ridgid Planer

    Does Ridgid have a 13" benchtop planer? I can't get into the Ridgid woodworking tool site (page cannot be displayed). I have a Ridgid bandsaw and I'm very pleased with it.
    I would like specs on the Ridgid planer and also price in Canada for it. Mostly , I would like to know how much snipe it creates. I'm presently using a Delta 540 planer with lots of snipe.

  • #2
    Here are the specs. Can't answer your other questions though.

    Motor 15 Amp 120V
    Cutterhead Speed 9,500 RPM
    Cuts per Minute 19,000
    Feed Rate 26 FPM
    Width Capacity 13"
    Depth Capacity 6"
    Maximum Depth of Cut Per Pass 1/8"
    Special Feature Included:
    * Sure Cut Snipe Reduction
    * Extra large 14" Infeed/Outfeed Tables
    * Large Paddle Switch with Key
    * Ind-I-Cut™ Depth per Pass Indicator
    * Overload Protector

    Sof-Touch™ Carry Handles

    * Extra set of Knives with Case and Storage
    Shipping Weight 96 lbs
    Net Weight 84 lbs


    • #3
      I had a crapsman and it died.. Replaced with the RIDGID and am TOTALY pleased, Quiter, easer to set up, and I feel that it does a GREAT JOB. As foe snipe watch the height of the out feed brace, rollers ao what ever thatyou use to catch the material being fed. I have VERY little to NONE. Great unit and if it "got gone" I would replace it in a "New York Second" Get it, learn with it and enjoy the results.. Mime was "out of the box" and has not done anything that I am ashamed of and every thing that I have put through it.


      • #4

        I own the Delta 560 (12 1/2") planer and rarely experience any snipe with it. Have you tried adjusting the infeed & outfeed? When I use mine, I mount it on a cart that provide infeed & outfeed extensions and snipe is rarely a problem.

        Bob R


        • #5
          Hi Bob. Yours is a 560. I beleive it has a headlock to prevent snipe dosn't it? Mine is the previous model 540. Tough little planer . I've put tons of wood through it but the snipe is real bad on it. I've tried every thing imaginable from suggestions from other forums etc. but it just dosn't help. The only way I can really eliminate the snipe is to hot glue sacraficial strips on all 4 corners of every board about 4 or 5 inches out so they take the snipe instead of the board.It works but it has the disadvantage of cutting down on the width of board that can be planed and it is also too time consuming.
          If wood wasn't so expensive, I wouldn't mind cutting off about 4" of snipe each end but I can think of a lot cheaper ways of getting firewood.
          I was thinking of getting the new 13" 2 speed Delta 580 but now that they are made in China, I'm a little leary untill they have been out for a year or two . That's why I,m inquiring about RIDGID. I've heard almost all good things about Ridgid so far.


          • #6

            You're correct - mine does have the locks which may account for the difference.

            Bob R


            • #7
              I have the TP 1300. I occasionally get a little snipe, but it is usually my fault for not feeding correctly or forgetting to lock the cutter head.

              I believe that the TP1300 is made in Taiwan.

              US tool "manufacturers" have set up our quality systems in thier overseas factories. You don't see many problems with quality these days with the top shelf companies products. This does not include Harbor Freight and Chicago Electric type products. You get what you pay for (sometimes the HF stuff is the best bang for the buck).


              • #8
                Well, I just finished assembling the Ridgid 13” Thickness Planner (Model TP1300). Unlike the Ridgid Jointer, there is little assembly required for the Thickness Planner – it is almost “good-to-go” out of the box. The real assembly challenge was with the stand and the Herc-U-Lift Plus lifting mechanism. The stand is obviously just a “bolt-up”, but the Herc-U-Lift Plus is the ultimate “tinker toy” set – there are “lots of pieces”. It took me about the same amount of time to assembly the Thickness Planner/Stand/Herc-U-Lift mechanism as it took me to assembly the Ridgid Jointer. Since the Planner needs essentially no assembly and the stand is just a “bolt-up”, you can get a feel for the complexity of the Herc-U-Lift. The finished product works well, but I can’t help believing that a simpler mechanical design could have been utilized. I’m sure the complexity is a result of the “one size fits all” philosophy that was adopted for this unit.

                I’m new to this forum; so, I don’t have a feel for the “made-in-America” sentiments of the members. Hopefully, I won’t anger anyone with the following comments…

                I don’t think the fact that any woodworking power tool is made in Taiwan should be a concern - in fact, it may be a real advantage. Over the last 10-years, I’ve read about 6 articles on the Taiwanese power tool manufacturing business. They not only assembly the power tools, but do a considerable amount of the design. This is why so many tools from competing companies look very similar. A company like Delta goes to Taiwan and says, “We need a new planner!”. The Taiwanese engineer goes over to his file and pulls out his latest planner design. He then works with the American firm to add refinements to this design to meet the target quality, price point and cosmetic appearance. If the American company wants to maintain a low price point, the Taiwan design is used with little modification. On the other hand, if the American company is willing to accept a higher price point, a lot of additional features can be added that affect both quality and convenience – this is probably what Ridgid did. In addition, some companies order tools from Taiwan and never see the finished product until they arrive at a U.S. port of entry. Other companies, place engineers and QA specialists in the Taiwan factories to insure adherence to a more rigorous set of specifications. The more American involvement in Taiwan, the more expensive the final product will be. In other words, you get what you pay for.

                As woodworkers, we benefit from this approach. There is a certain “natural selection” process that goes on in Taiwanese environment. If Ridgid, Delta or whoever adds a neat feature to one of their products, you can bet that if this feature proves to be a real advancement it will soon show-up in the baseline Taiwanese design and be available to everyone at a substantially lower cost. The net result is a higher-quality and more innovative product at a lower price point that if an American company, working on its own, designed and manufactured the same product stateside.

                All I’m trying to say is that just because a woodworking tool is manufactured in Taiwan, this is not an indication of its quality or feature set. These are both ultimately determined by the American company working through the Taiwanese manufacturer.