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Schmacker

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09-14-2021 11:28 PM

As much as I hate to admit it I think it is time to replace my ridgid 13” planer. It runs well but currently I cant keep the nut tight that holds the cutter head pulley on. I get it as tight as possible but almost as soon as I turn it on, it works loose and throws the belt off.

It supposedly has a lifetime warranty but I doubt they will honor it since this things is close to twenty years old. Not had a lot of use, but still old. On the phone they’ve already told me they will most likely blame it on normal wear.

I would love to have a helical head but not sure I want to part with the $$s that will require. Is the Dewalt 735 still the planer of choice for those of us on a budget? I certainly don’t think I need a 15 incher since I mostly do small stuph.

I was about to start on some cutting boards when the ridgid quit on me so I’ve got to have something.

Thoughts? suggestions?

-- Bob, North Carolina, ......... Perfect: adjective: 1- That which will get no better or no worse, as long as you leave it the heck alone!


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 09-14-2021 11:41 PM

I would try this before throwing any serious money around:

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Oughtsix

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#2 posted 09-15-2021 08:34 AM

I bit the bullet on a used 15” planer 25 years ago and have never needed anything bigger. The extra weight makes using it much nicer than using a lunch box planer. If you have the room I would suggest looking around for a used 15”.

There is a used 15” on my local craigslist for $450 (Salem Oregon) that looks like a great deal!

With most 15” planers you can usually upgrade the head to a helical head later on. I keep saying I am going to do that for mine but it hasn’t been a priority yet because I get such nice results with straight knives.

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tvrgeek

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#3 posted 09-15-2021 09:50 AM

As much as I would like a Powermatic 15 with helical head, I went DW 735 with a Lux head. Underpowered, low duty cycle, but it works. Looking at the results from local club machines, they are worth the money. No one ever said woodworking was cheap.

Ridgid will do everything they can not to honor their Warrantee.

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Bentley2021

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#4 posted 09-15-2021 03:41 PM

Hi. The only way that Ridgid will honour the warranty is if you registered the planer when you purchased it. I found this out the hard way. Anyways, the Dewalt is an extremely good benchtop planer. I had one before I upgraded to my now Laguna PX 16. Before I did this I installed the LUX 3 helical cutterhead in it. The results were wow. Also the bladed Dewalt 735 eats knives. I know this from experience also. The only time the knives are good is only about to about the 3rd or 4th time and they are already dull. And the noise is way louder compared to the helical head. I plane a lot of wood. The only reason I sold it to upgrade to the Laguna I have now is due to the amount of wood I plane. I can plane the boards in about 1/10th the time compared to the Dewalt. Whatever you decide, helical cutterhead is the way to go. I didn’t even have to sand the boards after they went through the Dewalt with the LUX 3 head. And if you ever decide to upgrade to a larger planer. The Laguna PX 16 is incredible. I know its expensive but way better than the 4 post planers like the Powermatic etc. Anyhow I hope this helps in your decision. Oh and the threadlocker is a really good idea to try before you spend more money. It just may do the trick.

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HokieKen

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#5 posted 09-15-2021 03:51 PM

I’m with Brad. A nut coming loose is far from a catastrophic failure. Loctite will probably fix it. You can also try using a jam nut to lock it in place. Or put your nut in a vise and squeeze it just a tad out of round.

Nothing wrong with getting a new planer if you just want a new planer. But I certainly wouldn’t spend money because of a finnicky nut.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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Schmacker

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#6 posted 09-15-2021 04:00 PM



I would try this before throwing any serious money around:

Absolutely. I thought I had some Loctite but couldn’t find it yesterday.

-- Bob, North Carolina, ......... Perfect: adjective: 1- That which will get no better or no worse, as long as you leave it the heck alone!

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Schmacker

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#7 posted 09-15-2021 04:02 PM


If you have the room I would suggest looking around for a used 15”.

I’m looking!


There is a used 15” on my local craigslist for $450 (Salem Oregon) that looks like a great deal!

- Oughtsix

shipping cost to NC might be a bit much. ;-)

-- Bob, North Carolina, ......... Perfect: adjective: 1- That which will get no better or no worse, as long as you leave it the heck alone!

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Schmacker

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#8 posted 09-15-2021 04:04 PM


Ridgid will do everything they can not to honor their Warrantee.

- tvrgeek

I fully expect that. They’ve already indicated as much on a phone call to them. Basically said any problem on a tool this old is likely to be considered normal wear.

-- Bob, North Carolina, ......... Perfect: adjective: 1- That which will get no better or no worse, as long as you leave it the heck alone!

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controlfreak

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#9 posted 09-15-2021 04:09 PM

+1 on loctite, I don’t think I would move from one lunch box to another but I am not there yet. I have the DW735 and have been happy with it. The blades last longer if you check both ends of the boards for a stapled barcode label, so I hear.

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Schmacker

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#10 posted 09-15-2021 04:10 PM



Hi. The only way that Ridgid will honour the warranty is if you registered the planer when you purchased it.
- Bentley2021

I figured that would be the case so I called to check whether they had the registration. I probably did but it was nearly 20 years ago, and I’m old, so I don’t remember. They said since the tool was bought back when they were Emerson, they no longer have those records. They don’t even recognize the serial number stamped on the machine as a valid serial number.

Not holding my breath for that warranty to be honored.

-- Bob, North Carolina, ......... Perfect: adjective: 1- That which will get no better or no worse, as long as you leave it the heck alone!

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Schmacker

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#11 posted 09-15-2021 04:16 PM



I m with Brad. A nut coming loose is far from a catastrophic failure. Loctite will probably fix it. You can also try using a jam nut to lock it in place. Or put your nut in a vise and squeeze it just a tad out of round.

Nothing wrong with getting a new planer if you just want a new planer. But I certainly wouldn t spend money because of a finnicky nut.

- HokieKen

I’m not done trying to save this thing. Will certainly try some thread locker. I thought about a jam nut, but, there is not enough thread.

Part of the problem is I cant find a way to stop the cutter head from turning while tightening the nut other than just jamming some wood against the blade to keep it from turning. someone suggested an impact wrench, but I don’t have one of those.

The biggest problem is I’m a wood worker, not a tool repairman. :-)

-- Bob, North Carolina, ......... Perfect: adjective: 1- That which will get no better or no worse, as long as you leave it the heck alone!

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Schmacker

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#12 posted 09-15-2021 04:18 PM


Or put your nut in a vise and squeeze it
- HokieKen

That hurt just reading it!

-- Bob, North Carolina, ......... Perfect: adjective: 1- That which will get no better or no worse, as long as you leave it the heck alone!

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Schmacker

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#13 posted 09-15-2021 04:20 PM

The blades last longer if you check both ends of the boards for a stapled barcode label, so I hear.

- controlfreak

OUCH!

Same is true for Jointer knives… so I hear from a friend

-- Bob, North Carolina, ......... Perfect: adjective: 1- That which will get no better or no worse, as long as you leave it the heck alone!

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