Tool Tips from Louis Sauzedde: The Electric Planer

With the TotalBoat Sport Dory done and waiting for a nice fall day to show off her rowing prowess (next week!), Lou is back at the workbench, but this time he’s making some adjustments and showing us how it’s done on a brand new Ryobi Planer. The electric planer is a staple in Lou’s toolbox, and having it set up correctly is paramount to using it successfully. It’s a powerful tool which means things can go wrong quickly and make more work for you, instead of less. Tune in and watch Lou fine-tune this important piece of equipment in his arsenal of tools.

Next week we will finally be launching our TotalBoat Sport Dory and taking it for a row in some calm water and some lumpy water.

It’s been a long time coming and we can’t wait to see Lou out rowing his Dory. The Sport Dory will also be going on eBay with the launch of the final episode, so everyone can have a chance to own and enjoy this one of kind boat.

More info to follow here. Stay tuned!

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22 responses to “Tool Tips from Louis Sauzedde: The Electric Planer

  1. Doesn’t anybody use a plain old screwdriver anymore? I’ve seen so many people using electric screwdrivers or drills with a Phillips head bit. Then they strip the heads out. I’ve seen this on appliances, and even airplanes! I know electric tools are faster, but when you use them, you have to be very careful not to over do it!

  2. A ton of money was spent designing that planner but it takes the end user to know what works in real life. A really great tool video Lou, you taught me a lot with this one, I’ll never use a planer without checking it out with my new known tips. Thanks again

  3. Ryobi must be embarrassed to have their tool redesigned in 20 minutes to work as they had hoped it would. In addition to paying attention to the video, they should be paying you for the engineering.

  4. I have an old Porter Cable planer that came from my dad and I have been planning to get a belt for it but in this video you said there was a planer made by them that no one should use. What model are you speaking of? If I have that model I will probably look at the Ryobi instead of using that one.
    Love your videos, they are very detailed, and I always learn a tremendous amount from them, and they are entertaining as well.
    Keep up the great work.

  5. If RYOBE don’t pay you an R&D fee after this video they are stingy SOB’s.
    They should immediately produce a version of power planer with all of your fixes and call it a Luis Sauzedde planer. ( I will buy one….)

    Thanks for the tips.

  6. I must say that was probably one of the most informative reviews I have watched.
    You didn’t waste time showing me how the zipper on the bag worked or anything else in the box(This was an unboxing)lol. You literally tore that machine apart to say how much you liked it. At the very least I thank you for showing me what to look for if I need a planner.I might just end up with a Ryobe and follow your mods or maybe Ryobe has learned how to make a better planner.

  7. Thanks again, Lou, for some great ideas. I’m going to set up my electric plane today before I forget any of your suggestions.

  8. That was the most entertaining product video I have ever watched. I was chuckling the whole time. To see Lou, strip down the tool and remove the unnecessary or non functional was great.

    I really appreciated the tune up tips and blade modifications. I have had mixed results with my Porter Cable planer and Lou may have given me the reasons for the bad results. Hey! wait a minute! I have a Porter Cable… Lou never did show us the bad boy or give us the model number of the “most dangerous tool ever made”. Please don’t leave us hanging! Dish on the model number.

    I agree with Martin’s comments regarding a Luis Sauzedde planer. Ryobi if you’re reading this, know that many of us would gladly buy a redesigned model if you follow Luis’ suggestions.

  9. I’d like to add my request for the model of Porter Cable planer you said is so dangerous as I have a model 125 that has always seemed fine to me. I have had reconstructive surgery on a finger due to a poorly designed biscuit cutter so I am inclined to pay attention. I also recently purchased a Triton Palm Planer – mostly because I have found my little Porter Cable Palm Sander so useful but the Triton’s safety interlock switch is so awkward that it really requires two hands to operate it and the grip seems pretty unsafe with one hand. I find that a lot of “safety features” make tools less safe.

  10. Nothing like real world modifications to make things simple and useful. Unfortunately, when the lawyers get involved in design features in an attempt to make things idiot proof to avoid liability lawsuits, what you end up with is usually an unusable boat anchor.

  11. One of the very best infostructional videos ever. Engineers should be required to use the products they design or the manufacturer required to follow the suggestions of the end users. Book learning is nice, but it doesn’t stand up against skinned knuckles.
    I have nearly all Ryobe tools and they all can use some simple fine tune modifications

  12. You hit it out of the park again. Many thanks for the detailed tutorial about tuning and adjustments. My current electric plane needs an overhaul, think I’ll just get a new one. Ryobi should be sending you a BIG check.

  13. Wow….that was surely worth my while to watch! Lou really knows his stuff. I see another revenue stream here as a test pilot for the power tool industry. Way to go Hollywood…get your agent to work on this.

  14. OK Lou, let’s start as the “street corner Lawyer”. Giving instructions to REMOVE safety devices puts you in the liability category. see you court! 🙂

    In the 60’s and 70’s the Japanese auto makers won over the customers by listening to the customers complaints and suggestions. GMC died. Send this video to Ryobi and if they don’t hire you they’ll Thank you !! Domo Arigato Gozaimasu sensei.

    Thanks Lou. I thought when they come NEW they work. Boy did you surprise me.

  15. Great “hack”, Lou! I’m going to tune up my electric planer using your recommendations and insights. These types of videos are every bit as interesting as your build videos. One of my favorite “tool tune-up” videos are the 2 that you did showing how you sharpen a old saw. I highly recommend these to anyone who sharpens their own saws.
    Keep them coming!

  16. Lou, when adjusting the height of the blade, you make it slightly higher than the outfeed table so that the blade drags the rule about 1/8″ towards the infeed table. I was wondering why this is so. On my 8″ jointer, I typically adjust the blades flush or level with the outfeed table. Should I be doing a similar thing with my jointer since you mentioned that the planer is nothing more than a hand-held mini-jointer?

  17. Good stuff Lou, Ryobi tools are the “mostis for the leastis” in my opinion, but the hacksaw blade scale was on the money.

  18. After watching Lou’s video I bought the Ryobi planer and did his modifications (took me 2.5 hours) and they worked PERFECTLY. No surprise that Lou delivers.

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