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RIDGID OCTANE Brushless 18V 3 ¼ Hand Planer Review

John Malecki

RIDGID OCTANE Brushless 18V 3 ¼ Hand Planer Review

John Malecki Reviews the RIDGID Hand Planer with Smart, Useful Features

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Jun 30, 2020

When it comes to woodworking, it’s all about the details for me. I think a lot of people can build functional pieces of furniture, but what shifts building for necessity into building for the love of the process is the craftsmanship that goes into the whole ordeal.

If you follow my projects, seem me tackle some serious furniture builds. For the sake of creating a high-quality finished product, I avoid cutting corners and look to add artistic details and new techniques into my projects. From hand-cut dovetails to refinishing reclaimed wood by hand, these details, I believe, are what sets my work apart from others.

But enough humble bragging from me. I teamed up with the Home Depot to try out the RIDGID OCTANE Brushless 18V 3 ¼ Hand Planer. As part of the powerful and reliable RIDGID OCTANE collection, I couldn’t be more excited to try this thing out and share it with you all. Check it out and let me know what you think!

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RIDGID OCTANE Brushless 18V 3 ¼ Hand Planer

RIDGID OCTANE Brushless 18V 3 ¼ Hand Planer: The Specs

The Only Adjustable Chamfer Depth Hand Planer

RIDGID OCTANE Brushless 18V 3 ¼ Hand Planer

I love tackling a lot of the small details in my projects by hand. Among these details are beveling on cabinetry, tables, and desks, all of which I used to do with my table saw. However, this has always been a time-consuming (yet worthwhile) part of my process.

The RIDGID OCTANE Brushless 18V 3 ¼ Hand Planer comes as a response to that lengthy process, allowing me to save time while still getting that high-quality craftsman look on my projects. The RIDGID OCTANE Brushless 18V 3 ¼ Hand Planer is the industry’s first planer with adjustable chamfer depth, allowing me to create decorative bevels with ease. Capable of adjusting to 20 different positions, you can squeeze some serious detail out of this guy.

In addition to being able to add great detail to my projects, the RIDGID OCTANE Brushless 18V 3 ¼ Hand Planer is a proud member of the RIDGID OCTANE collection, which uses smart brushless motor technology to deliver longer runtime, 2.5x more power than a cordless counterpart, and an extended motor life. As someone who loves being able to get the most out of every tool in my arsenal, the RIDGID OCTANE collection is a no-brainer.

In addition to the adjustable chamfer depth, the RIDGID OCTANE Brushless 18V 3 ¼ Hand Planer has an edge guide, installed double-sided blades, and a dual chip exhaust, allowing you to attach the dust bag to either side for versatile use and easy cleanup.

RIDGID OCTANE Brushless 18V 3 ¼ Hand Planer: The Pricing

Save Time on a Higher Quality Furniture Finish

RIDGID OCTANE Brushless 18V 3 ¼ Hand Planer

Much like in any industry, time is money in woodworking. If you’re a woodworker by profession, you know it’s about providing the highest quality process for the time allotted, and sometimes putting in extra work to get a great finished product. With the RIDGID OCTANE Brushless 18V 3 ¼ Hand Planer, you don’t have to choose between sticking to your timeline and providing a stunning finished product. This thing makes it easy to add a level of craftsmanship to any project in a hassle-free kind of way, making it more than worth the investment in my book.

RIDGID OCTANE Brushless 18V 3 ¼ Hand Planer: $164.00

My Final Thoughts

The RIDGID OCTANE Brushless 18V 3 ¼ Hand Planer Feels Like Me

RIDGID OCTANE Brushless 18V 3 ¼ Hand Planer


There’s a reason my clients choose me for their furniture projects, and it’s not because of my charm or good looks. I pay attention to the little details that can take a project to the next level, often adding time-consuming details to a project. I want every project to be worth my client’s investment and want my furniture to be handed down for generations, which is why I take the time to go above and beyond. The RIDGID OCTANE Brushless 18V 3 ¼ Hand Planer will be a total game-changer in helping me do that, for which I couldn’t be more excited about.


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John Malecki

I used to be an offensive lineman in the NFL, Now I run my own furniture business and am completely self taught. In my videos and posts you'll see a variety of wood and metal work as well as some tips and tricks. Enjoy!