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Forum topic by Dan Morgan posted 02-14-2016 05:46 PM 700 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dan Morgan

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02-14-2016 05:46 PM

The next shop tool on the list is a planer.

I’ve pretty well settled on the Ridgid at HD for $369. I like the three blades and the spindle lock.

Wade in here with your opinions.

Question: Would you consider buying a used lunchbox planer?

-- Maintenance Man - I do precision guesswork based on unreliable data from people of questionable knowledge...

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#1 posted 02-14-2016 06:58 PM

The R4331 has been good for me. I did not like the R4330 nearly as much. Different machines really….

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#2 posted 02-14-2016 08:48 PM

Hey Dan!
I would say that if you are “pretty well settled on the Ridgid at HD for $369” then you should go for it. You must have done your homework, and if this planer meets your needs and budget, then pull the trigger. On this site you will get many, many different opinions on this piece of machinery, some from folks who do not even own one and know nothing about it. I know, I have done it before on other posts. LOL. You will probably get a pretty even number of “fors” and “againsts”. As long as this pleases you, don’t worry about what others may think. Unless of course you have other options to consider, and then a comparison of the features, cost etc. might be in order.
Used lunchbox planer? It would have to be in REALLY good shape and very reasonably priced for me to consider most used tools. I don’t like used anythings much. I don’t want to buy someone else’s problems. Work safely and have fun!

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#3 posted 02-14-2016 08:54 PM

I’ve used the newer and older Ridgid planers and with my limited experience I did like the newer one much better than the older one. I buy most of my stuff used, a lightweight planer would have to be carefully inspected but should otherwise be a safe buy. D & D (divorce & death) are the two best ways to get good deals on hobby stuff from motorcycles to boats, jetskis and wood working machines/tools. There’s always going to be good deal out there, the key is looking frequently and acting quickly when a good deal comes up.

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#4 posted 02-14-2016 10:20 PM

The head lock and preset stops are nice and accurate. Go for it. Invest in the dust port.


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Dan Morgan

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#5 posted 02-15-2016 12:01 AM

Dust port?

Something optional?

Three blades vs. two and the head lock are what is making my decision.

-- Maintenance Man - I do precision guesswork based on unreliable data from people of questionable knowledge...

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#6 posted 02-15-2016 01:51 AM

Most planers just spew chips out the back without the $20 dust hood to 4” hose adapter.

Trust me, you want one, and no a shop-vac 2-1/2 hose is not sufficient.


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#7 posted 02-15-2016 07:14 AM

Dan, I don’t know if there is one near you, but I picked up a reconditioned R4431 for $239 at a Direct Tools outlet last month. Haven’t used it much, but I couldn’t pass up the deal.

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Dan Morgan

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#8 posted 02-15-2016 11:50 AM

Haven’t heard of Direct Tools Outlet before.

I’m not afraid of reconditioned/refurbished but I think I will stay away from used for this at least.

Thanks for the recommendation on the dust hood. I’m gonna pick up a dust collector this summer so that will work well.

-- Maintenance Man - I do precision guesswork based on unreliable data from people of questionable knowledge...

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#9 posted 02-15-2016 12:19 PM

I had a Rigid 4330 for almost 12 years. The double-sided blades that I often resharpened lasted years with careful sharpening. I bought one of those horrid Delta 23-710 sharpeners, but it did the job for me rather nicely. I still use it for sharpening my Jet jointer blades, but that is about all. I only ever had three sets of blades over the 12 year span on that Rigid. Only thing that ever went wrong with my Rigid was one of the bolts that held down one blade down stripped a bit, but it had enough bolts along the run of the blade that I never threw a blade.

And yes, the bladelock is a nice option. The one thing you will find very handy is the Ind-I-Cut.
And as stated above, without the dust collector, you will spray chips ten feet forward all over everything.

I’d say the $175 I spent for the Delta more than paid for the extra blades I would have had to buy for the Rigid over the years. Now I have a Grizz Spiralhead planer, but I sold the Rigid for $170, and still kept the sharpener.

Overall, from the improvements I hear on the 4331, I’d say definitely go for it.

-- Paul, Tennessee,

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#10 posted 02-15-2016 07:36 PM

I bought a refurb Rigid unit and it works well for me. I really need to get some new blades but it still planes fine, just with some stops and starts. Aside from that it makes a nice surface on everything I’ve run through it, cherry, soft maple, oak, sassafrass, ash, and walnut. Mine came with a dust ejector, basically a dust hood with a blower fan so I just hook up the bag that came with my table saw and the chips stay contained.

-- --Zach

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#11 posted 02-15-2016 08:55 PM

I purchased a used (but nearly new) DeWalt 735 off of Craigslist. Excellent planner, had no problems with it.

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#12 posted 02-15-2016 09:23 PM

I suggest you buy from:

You will get way better service – plus the spiral is better

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