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  • #16
    Well, I have FINALLY made a decision Thanks to all for your great input! Ridgid it is! If I got him anything else, he'd probably do the same thing he did with the Makita table saw I got him one yr: Returned it the day after Xmas for a Ridgid. Acutally, I know a lot of people who work at Ridgid (their plumbing tools division in Elyria, OH), have toured the plant many times and have been impressed with their quality, teamwork, and workmanship in the shop. Tried to pry a deal out of them on the planer, but didn't get anywhere. Oh well, they gave me a 2003 Ridgid Pinup calendar as a stocking stuffer. My man will be thrilled with both Ridgid items [img]smile.gif[/img] Happy Holidays!

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    • #17
      I know that this is past the point of information overload. Keep in mind the cost of replacement planar blades. Dewalt is about $50, Delta $30, and Ridgid ??.
      Steve

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      • #18
        From the Ridgid web site;
        "AC8630 Replacement Planer Knives
        Reversible for extended life. Fits RIDGID TP1300 Thickness Planer. $29.97"

        John
        Eastchester, NY
        "If a tree falls in the forest and a woodworker doesn't see it -is it lumber?"

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        • #19
          Steve L -

          DeWalt is resharpenable. Cost to sharpen twice is just about a wash with cost of Delta knives. I got the DeWalt because of the knives. I recalled (some almost 50 years ago) physics lessons about mass and inertia and smoothness. I think that the mass of the DeWalt knives will ultimately cut smoother than knives I can bend between two fingers.

          Mike in Canada/John54 -

          No more of a marketing ploy than "Lifetime Guarantee" which only covers manufacturers defects and not 'wear and tear'. Don't think a defect will show up too often after a year which is most warranties anyway (some are two years).

          gator

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          • #20
            (Wife, you may want to know that by now we're just chatting, if you're still reading. )

            I own a stationary planer that is two speed. Cuts per inch is what it is all about, mine is pretty close to the 580 on both high and low speed (mine is a little higher on both, as I recall). It isn't just marketing, not on mine. A blind man could tell the difference between stock passed at different speed, just by feel.

            Dave

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            • #21
              Yes, I'm still reading and you're muddying the waters for me (again)! If you can really notice the difference between the 2 speeds, I'm sure my hubby could to! Dang. This is too difficult a choice. I still think I'll go with the Ridgid, then tell him about the Delta 2-speed (after he opens it) and then let him decide. He's a perfectionist, but I think his brand loyalty would not allow him to believe that Delta could make a kick-*** 2-speed planer that's better.

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              • #22
                I work (kinda) at a woodworking store sometimes. What we recommend a lot of this time of year for people in your position (who are not all women, by the way), are gift certificates or escorted shopping trips. It definitely doesn't have the impact of a gigando box in the living room, but has a really high rate of getting the right tool.

                My personal favorite is the escorted shopping trip, especially if you don't usually do that together. [img]smile.gif[/img]

                Dave

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                • #23
                  Hey WIfe,

                  (Sounds like I'm at home!)

                  I bought my planer a few months back. I looked at more of them than I can remember. It came down to two different models. The 2 spd Delta, or the Rigid TP1300. Rigid now sits in my shop. Great tool. Lots of things I like about, and can not come up with one thing I do not like about it.

                  In the end, you'll have to just buy one of them. IMO you should grab the RIGID.
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                  • #24
                    Gator-
                    I was unaware of the resharpening factor. That does change the equation.

                    Steve

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                    • #25
                      The planner knives for the Ridgid are 2 sided, so when you wear out the one side, you just turn it around and use the other. Plus you get an extra set of knives with the planner. This means you can change knives 3 times before you have to buy a new set.

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                      • #26
                        I have a relatively new Ridgid planer and was wondering if the Ridgid blades are made so you can shift them in case there is a small nick or do you have to replace them?

                        Michael

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                        • #27
                          I never disregard a warranty & do put a considerable amount of thought into purchases. I feel consumer confidence is parallel to the manufacturers confidence in their own product. You do not see too many manufacturers giving lifetime warranties, whether it is on manufacture defects or anything else. (Look at what lifetime warranties have done for Craftsman hand tool sales or Snap-on tools) I feel rigid backs their products with this type of warranty because of the quality of the product!!

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                          • #28
                            If anyone is still reading, thought you might want to know: I bought the husband the RIDGID Planer and he was in seventh heaven. Didn't even want to hear about the Delta. My garage is now 2-ft. deep with wood shavings! Thanks to all for your input, and hope everyone had a great holiday.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Wife:
                              I bought the husband the RIDGID Planer and he was in seventh heaven.
                              Wonderful! I didn't read this thread until today, but I am glad that you picked as you did. Very good choice with the Ridgid.

                              Good luck with the pretty things he is going to build you. Let me give you my wife's email address.... [img]smile.gif[/img]

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                              • #30
                                My garage is now 2-ft. deep with wood shavings!

                                Heeee! That's great!

                                Dave [img]smile.gif[/img]

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