Rigid 4331 Planer

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Forum topic by cajunworkshop posted 02-29-2016 04:50 AM 1054 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-29-2016 04:50 AM

This planer got very good reviews on the most recent Fine woodworking issue March/Aprill. Came in a close second to the Dewalt 735. It is considerably less about $300 dollars. Anyone have this model?

-- Cajun Workshop Greenville, SC

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#1 posted 02-29-2016 05:03 AM

Hey, I picked that one up from my local craigslist for $140. I recall the reviews talking about snipe. I was able to end up with little and sometimes no snipe, but it took a couple cycles of running some scraps then making table adjustments to get there. Not too bad man. That’s my experience.

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#2 posted 02-29-2016 06:02 AM

I own this planer and it does a good job.

I had a problem with one where the gear for the feed rollers failed. I did not have the Lifetime Service Agreement registration completed and did not have my original receipt but did have proof that the purchase was less than the three year “standard” warranty. Rigid wouldn’t repair the planer but after a very prolonged session with Home Depot, the manager solved by problem by giving me a refund on the broke unit and selling me a brand new one (which is now fully registered for LSA).

The new unit works well.

Good Luck!

Be Careful!


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#3 posted 02-29-2016 08:00 AM

Be aware that the DW 735 has had its issues too (see Amazon reviews). But those may have been corrected by now.

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#4 posted 02-29-2016 10:21 AM

I like my R4331 much better than the R4330 that preceded it. I haven’t used it a ton, but it’s been fine.

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#5 posted 02-29-2016 01:36 PM

I have this planer as well. The price was the main reason I went with it instead of the DeWalt. Very similar features and reviews so it came down to the price. So far it has done everything I’ve needed it to do and very well. I’m happy with it.

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#6 posted 02-29-2016 03:34 PM

I’ve owned the Ridgid and Dewalt 735. They are not on par with each other. Although, I did not dislike my Ridgid at all, it’s not near the machine the Dewalt 735 is. People put very expensive cutterheads in the Dewalt because they like it so much. No one does that for the Ridgid or Dewalt 734.

I wouldn’t be scared of the Ridgid at all, but if money allows, buy the best you can. Ridgid vs 735 is not a fair comparison.

If you do decide to go with the 735, plan on getting come good blades once you use up both sides of the Dewalt ones.

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#7 posted 03-01-2016 12:16 AM

I had to make the same choice, except I am new to woodworking.

I have had a few projects with the ridgid.

I had some help a few weeks back from someone who has been using planers for 20 years up to including the 735.
That person was impressed with the end result including lack of snip or minimal amount of snip.

If you are a part time user like me, spend the savings on some other tool.

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#8 posted 03-01-2016 03:29 AM

I too like this little lunchbox planer. It does it’s job without fuss. I had the same problem Herb did with the gear, but was able to get it fixed for free :) Never cleaned out the gear area of debris and when he took it apart to see, that stuff was jam packed in there. Unsure if design flaw or if all lunchbox planers go thru this.

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#9 posted 03-04-2016 11:55 PM


I have both of the planers you mentioned and they both have some nice features that I like about them and a few negatives as well. Here is what I can tell you about each of them that I liked/disliked and the features I felt were better in comparison to the other in specific features…

1. Built in infeed /outfeed tables that do not have to be purchased after the fact and are adjustable to help maintain little to no snipe
2. Price these two planers are definitely worlds apart in terms of cost (I bought both of them used and even though I got them at the same price, I got a steal on the 735 at $250 in near mint condition minus the knives). So to be honest as I had seen many places and is truly something you should not consider them to be equals as the Dewalt is almost 2x more expensive.
3. I like that the extension tables can be fully folded up, with even the dust collection still attached on this one whereas the Dewalt you cannot fold up the outfeed table as the dost collection.
4. Weight/portability is better on the Ridgid.
5. Noise is slightly better on this over the Dewalt but both scream!

1. The knife life is better with the Dewalt. I have a friend who has one in the ministry wood shop and he had two years worth of knife life on one side of the knives albeit all of his lumber was skip planed so there wasn’t dirt or other things to contend with unlike the lumber I shoved through the Ridgid. I think in the over 2 years I had I went through 2 sets of knives. Because of this difference in use I am not sure whether I am rightfully comparing the two as I went straight to a Byrd (Shelix) head after what was left of the knives in the Dewalt I bought used.
2. Cut Quality was much better on the Dewalt and I had noticed that I tearout issues on the Ridgid that I didn’t have on the Dewalt (straight knife head) and definitely noticeable in comparison to the shelix head. I can feed the lumber in either direction with the Shelix head and not have issues unless the grain is really squarely.
3. Power was better on the Dewalt and it wouldn’t ever bog down although I thought the Ridgid was going to cut out on me a few times although it never did.
4. Build quality is better on the Dewalt as that thing is built like a tank. The four posts that raises/lowers the planer cutting head/motor are on acme threaded screws, and the Ridgid is just on a standard threaded rod. Even though they both performed fine in this aspect I would bet the Dewalt will last a lot longer. The Dewalt also just feels more sturdy and doesn’t feel flimsy at all which there are a few pieces on the Ridgid that don’t feel as solid (cutter head adjustment crank, Outfeed/Infeed tables are thinner on the Ridgid as well. I did notice that the Ridgid would slightly adjust the height of the cutter head as I went along and have not noticed this with the Dewalt.
5. Dust Collection is better on the Dewalt hands down. The chip blower is scary powerful and although I have not tried it without connection to a dust collector, I have read on the internet some people literally connect a bag to the output and it works great. As for chip collection efficiency there is maybe 10% of the chips that are missed by the Dewalt in comparison to the Ridgid. The Ridgid also only has a 2.5” collection port whereas you can use either a 4” or 2.5” out of the box for the Dewalt, which is nice if you intend to connect it to a dust collector and not a shop vac.

Overall it boils down to what you are looking to do (volume of lumber to be planed) and what your budget can handle. I do not regret buying either of the planers but would recommend the Dewalt if you can afford it. I had toyed with the idea of buying a floor standing planer but am not disappointed in how either have panned out. I have yet to get around to selling the Ridgid but I would say that either would perform admirably for most hobby wood workers out there.

I have planed end grain cutting boards with both of the planers but had scary results with the Ridgid and good results with the Dewalt. I know some will say don’t do it at all, but the Dewalt doesn’t seem to struggle with the Shelix head in it while planing end grain as long as you take shallow cuts. When planing end grain the one time I did with the Ridgid, the board I was planing shot back at me and jammed my thumb back and that put an end to that with that machine.

Feel free to shoot me any questions regarding my experiences and I will more than gladly try and answer them for you, good luck on the decision!

TLDR I would say both are capable but the Dewalt is overall a better planer and worth the money in my opinion.

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#10 posted 03-05-2016 12:03 AM

Bought a 735x today. Had the free stand they threw in with it.

-- Cajun Workshop Greenville, SC

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