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Posted on Ridgid planer or 735 before large cabinet planer?

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#1 posted 03-24-2013 03:06 PM

I have the Ridgid 4331, and I’m fairly pleased with it. I got it new for 400 minus 20% from the HF coupon match, so 320 total with a lifetime warranty. I have had to replace the blades once so far, about $30 for a set, but they index into the cutterhead making it very easy to do. They even give you the T handle hex key you need to do it. You can use a normal allen wrench, but the included tool is pretty useful.

It cuts pretty well as long as I don’t push it depthwise. Snipe is there, but less of a factor if you align the tables so the outboard ends are slightly above dead-level with the planing table. I had an issue where boards would get stuck part way through, turns out the feed rollers were all gummed up with pine pitch. Just something to watch out for. The chip fan is nice since I only recently got a DC. I just ran a shop vac hose from the planer into a garbage can, and that took care of most of the chips. Cutterhead lock is good, and the preset depth stops were pretty spot on right out of the box. They are adjustable, but I haven’t had to move them.

It is LOUD! It’s louder than my router by quite a bit. Earplugs are an absolute must with this guy. I know that’s a “feature” of most lunchbox planers, but I was really surprised how loud this one was.

I’m not sure what the extra 200 (or more) for the 735 gets you that the Ridgid doesn’t have. The 735 was above my budget, so I didn’t look at it too closely, but I don’t find anything lacking in the Ridgid that any other lunchbox model would make better.

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