The RIDGID 15-Amp 13 in. Corded Planer features a 3-blade cutter head with quick-changing, dual-edge blades that are reversible and self-aligning for a smooth surface with minimal blemishes after cutting. The multiple depth features help you achieve your desired depth, and the 13 in. wide feed capacity is great for planning large stock.
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74%of customersrecommend this product105 of 141reviews
Rating Breakdown149 reviews
74%of customersrecommend this product105 of 141reviews
The First thickness planner when it arrived the box was wet and the cutting head was broken.reordered a second one and the top was dented and the metal was rusted.they must be stored in a wet location.
This planer is extremely cost effective. I compared the DeWalt and Delta with it for a long time, and finally chose the Ridgid. The tool required little assembly and the stand I built for it was perfect. I trimmed 1/64" from a small board, and the finish was like glass. Those who complain about snipe with this planer simply need to adjust it. The carriage lock and the two height gauges work very well.
Pros: Durable, Powerful, Easy to Use, All In One, Sturdy, Accurate
Did a lot of research into planers and felt that this one was the best value with the LSA available. Planer works great, goes right thru hardwoods. Assembly was easy and all adjustable points were properly set from the factory. No adjustments needed.
Pros: Durable, Powerful, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Accurate, Good Size & Weight, Long-Lasting
Planer is great and cuts super smooth surfaces. Easy to use and the cutting indicator is a neat tool on the front. My only complaint is that the lead and trail cutters cut about 1/64 deeper on the initial insertion and extraction of the lumber, causing a little cup on the front and end of the board. Not a big deal if you plan for it and trim it off after.
Pros: Durable, Powerful, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Accurate, Good Size & Weight
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Planer in the shop, after running some raw oak and a cleanup
After many reviews on other planers and careful consideration, I have come the conclusion that this planer best fits my needs and out performs my Delta. The set adjustment on the side allows me to set a certain depth limit and I can plane down to that measurement and it can not go down any further. I planed five 1 1/4" rough cut red oak down to 5/8" with no problem. I hooked up the dust collection port to my dust collection. I didn't need a mask and broom to clean up a mess. The gauge for depth is right on the mark. I mic'd the thickness and it was right on. Ridgid has a planer that is very hard to beat.
Upon arrival everything looked great. I did not check the carriage before i started using it but within 6 boards the carriage was off about 1/16th" side to side. It is not user adjustable and I am still waiting on confirmation of service agreement.....we will see. Also, the feed is not steady perhaps because the carriage is crooked.
I bought the 1st planer because a friend had one, and I thought he was pleased with it. Used it for about 10 hours and it had some kind of internal failure. Called hotline, checked all possible easy fixes, nothing. Took it to service center to be repaired, but time restraints caused me to buy another one. Took it out of the box and ran for MAYBE 15 minutes, long enough to get almost 1 gallon of shavings of pine taking 1/32" at a time. Planer started a clicking sound and board stopped moving. Turned planer off and checked, rollers not turning. Called hotline, was told it sounds like internal failure. Taking it back to get money back, will try a different brand.
Pros: Easy to Use
Cons: Not Durable
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Review 9 for 13 in. Thickness Corded Planer
seems great so far, aside from trouble clearing shavings
PostedDecember 2, 2012
This is my first planer. I bought it about a month ago because it was almost half off (making room for the next model year?). Seems to work great, but I have two issues so far: 1) the internal blower does not seam to be able to keep up with the shaving that accumulate. The result is shavings getting between the cutter head and the board, creating a fishing scaling effect on the finished board. 2) it only has one speed, and its kind of quick. This has not effected the cut quality yet, but i think if the feed was a bit slower, it may help with the material being cleared away.... for the full price, it sounds like the dewalt may be a better purchase, but for what I paid I am pleased with the result.
Pros: easy to adjust
Cons: shaving dont clear well and can mark the board, infeed maybe a little too quick
I bought this thickness planner after it was recommended and due to a lifetime warranty. However, after 4 months the gear box broke and I took it in to the repair center to get it repaired. The gear box has been on backorder for over 4 months. The repair center said they always have this trouble with ridged products. What good it the warranty if they don't make the parts to repair it with. This will be the last Ridgid tool I buy.
I am still dialing in this planner. I do have a little snipe and the tables are even and I mostly have ran only 4 foot long X 5 1/2 wide pine through it. The only time I ran a board that was about 10 inches wide I did notice that it left a line in it. I haven't had the time to dig further into the reason why I hope it is not a chipped blade from the factory. I will have to look at it closer and post what I find. It is easy to use and powerful enough for what I am using it for which is mostly building crafts for now.. The only reason that I am not giving it 5 stars is because of the line that I mentioned and although the snip in minimal I feel like it should not have any considering the length of material that I am running through it.
Pros: Powerful, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Good Size & Weight
I use my planer every day in a pretty high volume shop and plane oak, cherry, walnut, hickory, cedar, maple and cypress. It has some issues - would prefer the vacuum port come out the other side away from the adjustment handle; I replaced the cheap screws holding the blades in place with 10MM bolts with heads; does drop some chips even when hooked up to a large vacuum - but not a real problem; have had to take in for service once and the process worked well - fixed and returned in a couple of days; I was going through a set of blades a week until I made a jig that allows me to hone the old blades and they work great for a few days - then I just hone them again - fortunately I kept all the old blades; had some snipe issues that required a lot of "tinkering" to resolve. Overall a GREAT value for the money. I have a larger, much more expensive planer that I rarely use - blades for my other machine are $120 a set. My Home Depot store has plenty of blades (although I don't buy them any more now that I have my honing jig set up). My planer has the lifetime warranty - I plan on using it for a LONG time...
I have owned this for over a year and run perhaps 200 bd ft of hardwood (oak & maple) through it in my hobby level shop. It has performed flawlessly out of the box. If you want a production shop level planer - do not buy this, it will fail you - if you are a serious hobbyist or a weekend sawdust maker, buy it with confidence.
Pros: Durable, Strong Suction, Powerful, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Accurate, Good Size & Weight
This machine started out great, planing boards smooth without any marks left. But after 3 months of use, (on soft woods like aspen,pine,and cedar) I had to send it to the repair shop which had it for one month. The diagnosis was that the bearings were worn. I have had the unit back about a month and a half and now the some problem seems to be happening. I am fed up. I used to think you could not go wrong with a Rigid tool but I am proven wrong. My plan of attack is to contact both Rigid and Home Depot and see what my options are. If you are planning to purchase this item, please rethink it and spend a little more money and purchase a better unit
I special ordered this item with the customer service desk and waited so. Weeks for it to arrive. This machine makes smooth, flat planes and is easy to use. I have almost the entire ridgid line up and this is one of my favorite tools on the shop.
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Review 17 for 13 in. Thickness Corded Planer
PostedDecember 26, 2014
No, I do not recommend this product.
Above and beyond the state we received the item in (shipping issues, but this isn't a shipping review). The nature and design of the product is such that even delicate handling would likely cause failure. Compression-locking height adjustment, flimsy connections, and brittle interior fasteners/couplings make for a 'skip this one' situation. Thank goodness for warranty and cooperation on the part of the Depot. Not their build but it became their problem. We're still shopping there.... but for a Dewalt.
Ridgid's 13" thickness planers are not what they used to be
PostedDecember 18, 2014
No, I do not recommend this product.
This new Rigid planer is not as good as an 8-10 year old Rigid planer I had used for several years in our shop and had to replace because Rigid no longer manufactures a $3.50 drive sproket that broke on the older machine. This new machine is very very loud during operation and it's control switches, knobs and locks feel "tinny and cheap". The "Repeat-a-Cut" knob fell off the first day and won't stay attached. I had to "re-assemble" some of the machine before I could use it the first time. I do not recommend it.
I bought this unit to replace my 20 year old Deltal 12 inch planer. Love this unit, works perfectly right out of the box planes smoother than my old unit, I think because it has three blades instead of two. A minor adjustment on the outfeed table virtually left no snipe, and the repeat a cut feature is very accurate, after planing a board at the repeat a cut settings I found the thickness to be exact, would definately recommend this unit.