Ridgid R8481B 18v Octane Brushless 3-1/4” Hand Planer

As with the new Ridgid Octane one handed reciprocating saw, it’s been several years since Ridgid has updated their cordless planer options, with the last model being from way back in their X2 line. The new model Ridgid R8481B 18v Octane Brushless 3-1/4” Hand Planer boasts all the features you’d expect from today’s best cordless planers.

My thoughts: There’ve been rumors floating around the internet for almost a year about a new cordless planer from Ridgid and it’s nice to finally see the pictures and get the specs. Many people have been asking for a new version and for good reason. Think about 10 years ago and where cordless tools were then, that’s when their previous model came out, so it’s well overdue for a serious upgrade. With several standard features such as a brushless motor, 3 ¼” cutting width, and an adjustable chamfer depth, this should be an excellent option for Ridgid users looking for a powerful cordless planer.

Features and specifications:

  • OCTANE tool to deliver maximum power, intelligence, and performance with 2.5X the power than previous unit.
  • Brushless motor technology delivers over 50% more runtime, more power, and longer motor life
  • Dual blades help prevent the tool from bogging down and continuing to cut through tougher woods
  • Industry’s only adjustable chamfer depth with 5 different setting.
  • Planning depth adjustment knob comes with 20 different locking positions for a more precise cut.
  • Dual Chip Exhaust allows users to select left or right for added versatility.
  • Backed by the industry’s only Lifetime Service Agreement
  • Voltage: 18v DC
  • Maximum cut depth: 5/64”
  • Maximum cut width: 3 ¼”
  • Maximum rabbit depth: ½”
  • No load speed: 14,300 RPM
  • Suggested pricing at the time of writing: $129
  • Warranty: 3 year limited and lifetime service agreement with registration

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I have the old one and still use it often. It has a very uncommon blade so it is hard to find replacements. They are also expensive and single sided. It’d be nice if the decided to use a more common double sided blade in the new model. The old model gets the job done so I’ll be interested to see what the new one can do. The article says the old model goes back to the X2 line. There was a dual voltage (18/24 volt) available in there. I always wondered if they used the same motor. Does anyone… Read more »


Wow $129 I am shocked it’s so cheap. I wonder if it’s a freebie item in the current promo? Hmmmmm….


It may be very good, but if a company will not respond to information requests from prospective buyers, how much confidence can I have if I should need help after buying. I sent 4 requests for additional info on batteries for this planer to Ridgid over a period of a month (waited patiently after each request), got the automated “we will respond soon” message and never have received any response.