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    Opinions on RBI 12.5" Planer for sale

    I have the chance to buy a RBI 12.5" Planer. I've never seen nor heard of this manufacturer, so I'm asking your opinions.

    The thing is almost brand new, used by a WW hobbyist, and has a 2hp 220v Baldor Motor. The motor alone is worth what the guy is asking ($400). I was a little worried about the 12.5" capacity, but that only shows my relative ignorance of woodworking. I know I'm not going to be working on 18" hardwood planks.

    Anyone have experience on these matters?

    Gary Curtis

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    I don't know anything about RBI products. But one comparison might be the Grizzly G0505. I have one and can testify that it is a hard workin' hoss. And, it is rated at 2 hp.

    http://www.grizzly.com/products/12-1-2-Planer/G0505

    Much less money too.

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    RBI and Woodmaster is a direct shoot off of Foley Bellsaw and are great machines I had an 18" Woodmaster which is a dead ringer for RBI and used it for over 6 years in my production shop and then sold it for almost what I paid for it. At $400 I would jump on it quick
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    I don't know anything about RBI products. But one comparison might be the Grizzly G0505. I have one and can testify that it is a hard workin' hoss. And, it is rated at 2 hp.

    http://www.grizzly.com/products/12-1-2-Planer/G0505

    Much less money too.
    Frank, I'm afraid the "2 hp" motor in that Grizzly is not in the same league as a true 2 hp Baldor motor. At 15 amps 110v, the best that little universal motor is putting out is 1.5 hp, and I seriously doubt it's that efficient. Under ideal conditions with maximum efficiency, you can get about 1 hp per 10 amps at 110v. No way can you get 2 hp out of a 110v motor. The Griz might still be a great planer, but for them to say it's 2 hp is stretching things. (It's not uncommon, though...many of us have a "2" or "3" hp router that plugs into a 110v wall outlet.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Frank, I'm afraid the "2 hp" motor in that Grizzly is not in the same league as a true 2 hp Baldor motor. At 15 amps 110v, the best that little universal motor is putting out is 1.5 hp, and I seriously doubt it's that efficient. Under ideal conditions with maximum efficiency, you can get about 1 hp per 10 amps at 110v. No way can you get 2 hp out of a 110v motor. The Griz might still be a great planer, but for them to say it's 2 hp is stretching things. (It's not uncommon, though...many of us have a "2" or "3" hp router that plugs into a 110v wall outlet.)
    Just like the mega HP shop vacs from Sears.
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    I don't know anything about RBI products. But one comparison might be the Grizzly G0505. I have one and can testify that it is a hard workin' hoss. And, it is rated at 2 hp.

    http://www.grizzly.com/products/12-1-2-Planer/G0505

    Much less money too.
    You must have got lucky and got a good one Frank. I bought one and after the second board I sold it with only 2 blades and underpowered it just burned up the belt. I had a Transpower that looked like it but it had 3 blades and I planed with it for about 5 year too and it was a great planer I ran many thousand board feet through it and never did slip a belt. The Grizzly planer is not in the same league as the RBI not even close.
    Jay

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    buy it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Frank, I'm afraid the "2 hp" motor in that Grizzly is not in the same league as a true 2 hp Baldor motor. At 15 amps 110v, the best that little universal motor is putting out is 1.5 hp, and I seriously doubt it's that efficient. Under ideal conditions with maximum efficiency, you can get about 1 hp per 10 amps at 110v. No way can you get 2 hp out of a 110v motor. The Griz might still be a great planer, but for them to say it's 2 hp is stretching things. (It's not uncommon, though...many of us have a "2" or "3" hp router that plugs into a 110v wall outlet.)
    I've seen the horsepower discussions many times in the past. That's why I qualified with my observations that "it is a working' hoss" and the Griz claim that it is "rated" at 2 hp. Very confusing. But, it works for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Caughron View Post
    You must have got lucky and got a good one Frank. I bought one and after the second board I sold it with only 2 blades and underpowered it just burned up the belt. I had a Transpower that looked like it but it had 3 blades and I planed with it for about 5 year too and it was a great planer I ran many thousand board feet through it and never did slip a belt. The Grizzly planer is not in the same league as the RBI not even close.
    Jay
    Jay, I would have trotted it right back to Grizzly. Sorry you had problems. Mine takes wood off like it's angry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    I've seen the horsepower discussions many times in the past. That's why I qualified with my observations that "it is a working' hoss" and the Griz claim that it is "rated" at 2 hp. Very confusing. But, it works for me.
    frank, the motor on the rbi weighs more than your whole planer.......
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