|Review by RibsBrisket4me||posted 09-20-2012 01:02 AM||2600 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
Wow, I am stunned and ticked off all at the same time. I have owned a Ridgid band saw and drill press for almost 10 yrs. The DP has been stellar without a single issue. I actually have the much maligned Ridgid orange BS and I have it tuned up wonderfully and also love it.
Due to these two tools I have added to my Ridgid collection. I have their combo shop vac/blower and also love it. Also, orange is my favorite color. :-)
Now the sadness…
I had a 4330 planer that I bought from CPO tools as a reconditioned tool. After two years it burned up. I bought a low end Craftsman planer that was okay (I wrote a review on it) but I ended up not loving it and oh well, “carp” happens and so I went and got the new Ridgid 4331—as a gift. Wow, what a nice planer! Cutter head lock, a stout machine and runs rather quiet for a lunchbox planer. I’ve had it 8 months and it also burns up! Can smell the plastic and windings and then boom, it locks up with a board in it doing a 1/64th cut.
Now before the Ridgids I had a Dewalt 733 that I used for 10 years with out a single issue. I wax my tables, clean my rollers and take small “bites”. Also I am a weekend hobby guy so there is no way I wore these sucker out.
Additionally, right before the 4331 burned up, I bought a CPO Recon. 6 inch orbital sander. Well, the second time I used it, the pad broke right off it!
So I have purchsed 3 recent Ridgid tools and yes 2 of them were reconditioned but none of them lasted with even light use.
I am not a tool basher and this is not a rant, but I just wanted to make people aware of this. I know there are hundreds of happy Ridgid tool users. Maybe the lesson is don’t buy Ridgid recond. tools, I don’t know.
What I do know is I went and bought a Dewalt 734 and love it. I NEVER should have gotten rid of my 733. Also my 15 year old Dewalt 5 inch ROS which has been my workhouse for years it still spinning. Yellow is NOT my fave color, but Dewalt is becoming my go to tool. Wish they made a 6 inch ROS.