This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 3, by multiple authors.
From: bill@fedeva.UUCP (Bill Daniels)
Date: 7 Mar 90 14:17:11 GMT
> I am thinking of purchasing a planer for my workshop. The best
> two choices seem to be the Ryobi 10' about $339 and the Makita
> 12" at about $469. I would appreciate feedback from people
> who have opinions or preferably Know something about these
> 2 machines. Also the best price for the Makita came from
> Tarheel Filing Co. Has anyone out there had experience
> with these guys.
In a recent review in Wood Magazine, reviewer praised both the Ryobi and the
Makita. The big advantage of the Makita, besides the additional 2" width,
was its use of reversible, throw-away knives. I thought it looked like a
very nice system. Alignment was taken care of by the blade holding system
so that pain-in-the-you-know-what is done away with. The reversability of
the knives gives two uses per set of knives. The replacement knives were
priced at what I remember as reasonable, but I don't remember the specifics.
Tarheel Filing Co. has been advertising for some time and frequently have
very competitive prices. I have no direct experience with them.