This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 3, by multiple authors.
From: colwell@mfci.UUCP (Robert Colwell)
Date: 1 Dec 89 15:13:29 GMT
In article <6010014@hpcvra.CV.HP.COM> tomp@hpcvra.CV.HP.COM (Tom Pettit) writes:
>Has anyone purchased and used a Ryobi portable planer?
>Do you like it? Would you do it again? Is there a
>better choise for an occasional woodworker on a budget?
Tom, I don't have one, and have never used one, so you may
want to stop reading this right now.
I was intrigued by the pretty pictures of this machine in
the catalogs, and by how much lower the price is on it vs.
the Deltas of the world. I've also heard second-hand of
a local cabinet shop that uses this machine as their main
planer. But I got to actually look at one closely over
last week and I was apalled at what I saw. The machine is
extremely tiny, for starters. And large pieces of it are
plastic. It resembles nothing so much as a child's toy.
Which is not to say I'd spit on one were someone to give
one to me. It's forking out $400 or so for it that worries
me. Now the Grizzly 15" planer, at 500 lbs and $700, now
THERE's a planer. (Or their 20" model, at 950 lbs.) Sure
it's portable. Any decent building crane can move it easily.