Ridgid Planer Without Side Guard - How Bad is That?

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07-19-2019 07:26 PM

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I want to sell a Ridgid TP13000 13” planer. It was part of a tool collection I bought in bulk from a retiring cabinetmaker. While cleaning it I found that a bolt which screws into the right side cover had broken the plastic threads loose from the cover. This is irreparable and I cannot buy a new side cover as they are obsolete. This bolt held in place three parts: a plate side guard, spring torsion, and plate stiffener.

As near as I can tell, the sole purpose of this apparatus is to cover the slot in the side cover when the blade casing has been raised high enough to expose it underneath. You have to get pretty high—three inches or more—before this would happen.

Why cover this slot? I guess one reason would be so you don’t stick your finger in there and get it planed. Maybe to keep the chips exiting the machine in the proper place and not through the slot. It’s hard to tell. Running a board through it, I see no difference in function from my other Ridgid planer.

At any rate, I can’t see how this is an integral part of the proper functioning of the machine. Can anyone point out something I’ve missed that makes this a show-stopper? My thought is to mention it in my listing and drop about $15 off my asking price.

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