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Forum topic by Charlie75 posted 06-26-2016 09:45 PM 540 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Charlie75

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06-26-2016 09:45 PM

I was reading some of the reviews from LJers and no one had mentioned the over heating and circuit breaker trip problem that seemed to be mentioned frequently on Home Depots reviews on this machine. Has this issue been resolved?

I don’t know if I am in the market right now or not. I have a old Jet that so far I am pretty happy with but it is an older machine and one of these days it is going crap out on me. I was looking at the Ridgid because I have a discount card from HD. Plus I like the idea of having a little extra width of cut.

Guess I am just looking for ideas at this point.

Charlie

-- Charlie75, Alto


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#1 posted 06-26-2016 11:03 PM

It’s worth noting that Ridgid offered an R4330 for a brief that wasn’t particularly well received. Not that long after, they introduced the R4331 that I think is a much better unit (I owned both). The R4330 bogged down more, didn’t hold height settings well, and had more snipe issues. I don’t recall reading about overheating issues with either unit, but it’s very possible I just missed them….I suspect the problem holding the height setting contributed to the bogging, which would make it logical for more motor issues due to the extra strain. I might have read about a few of the R4330s chewing through gears, but it’s fuzzy memory that I’m not sure of.

Bottom line, these are two very different units with different features that just happened to have similar model numbers that came out only a short period apart, had similar appearance, and share the same brand…I can’t help but wonder if people ever confused them as being the same. Either way, the R4331 has been a good unit for me…not so much the R4330.

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

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Charlie75

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#2 posted 06-27-2016 10:57 AM

Thanks knotscott. The over heat and circuit breaker trip problem came from reviews that I read on the Home Depot review area. The problems encountered seemed be the down time waiting for the motor to cool to the point it would run again. Maybe that was on very early models or maybe Ridgid has corrected those problems.

Do you still have your R4331?

-- Charlie75, Alto

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#3 posted 06-28-2016 12:42 AM

If the HD discount card is usable for any of their products—i’d have to take a hard look at the Dewalt DW734, which is listed at $30 more than the R4331. Stepping up to the DW735 or Makita 2012NB will set you back another $150 or $200—may or may not fit your budget. I’ve had an older DW733 that was a very good machine—sold it at a profit when i got the DW735. The DW734 is the updated version of the 733, and gets very good marks. Love my DW735—though some might say for the retail price of that an old iron planer would be a wiser choice. The 735 works for me.

earl

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#4 posted 06-28-2016 01:14 AM



...Do you still have your R4331?

- Charlie75

Yep…still have it.

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

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#5 posted 07-04-2016 07:04 AM

I’ve got the r4331. I love it. only issue I’ve had is the set screws backed out of the thing that rises the thingy up and down. once I found them and reinstalled them it’s running like a champ, it does snipe but doesn’t bother me. I either cut the sniped ends off or sand them where it’s not so noticeable.

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