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Forum topic by trevor7428 posted 03-17-2018 03:37 AM 1482 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-17-2018 03:37 AM

Does anyone have experience between Ridgid Planer R4330 vs R4331. I purchased the R4331 about a year and half ago. Well I just found this link on Popular Woodworking and it seems like Ridgid removed alot of features from the previous model R4330. The R4330 used 4 screw post, similar to the Dewalt planer DW735 ($600) and is sturdy enough to not need a locking mechanism like the newer model has.

Also, the dust collection was compatible with 2 1/2in and 4in dust collection and the dust port points to the side unlike the newer model which is 2 1/2in only and points out the back. Which makes the wood get caught in the hose on the outfeed side.

When I first saw the link, I thought Ridgid came out with a newer model until I noticed it was the previous.

Why would Ridgid remove features that would make the planer better?

Here is the newer model R4331

Refer to link for picture of previous model.

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#1 posted 03-17-2018 10:28 AM

Had both, and much prefer the R4331. The R4330 just never seemed to work like it should….it labored often, and sniped more than any other planer I’ve had. I think it just wasn’t well executed.

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#2 posted 03-17-2018 12:37 PM

I had a 4330 that I bought in 2000.
I ran that planer for eleven years, until I moved up to a Grizzly spiralhead 15” unit in 2011.
I never had a problem with the Rigid, save that it always seemed to be just a hair too small for whatever I was working on, and I had to resharpen the blades a lot, since I run a lot of exotics and reclaimed wood.

It also planed down to a thinner thickness than my Grizzly, something I did not even think about until I got to that point one day.
I ran my Rigid for eleven years on three sets of blades, the original, the extra set they gave me, and one set that I bought. But towards the end, there was not too much sticking out of the wheel!
And of course, I hated the problem with burl and flame woods, where the straight blade would have a tendency to tear out.
But it was a horse, and when I sold it, I still got $175 for it. Not bad for eleven years of use.
I think the Ind-I cut is one of the best things Rigid ever came out with.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#3 posted 03-17-2018 01:21 PM

Tennessee – Are you sure you didn’t have a TP1300? That was an awesome planer. The R4330 wasn’t around til much later than 2000.

TP1300: (early and later)


R4330:

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#4 posted 03-17-2018 01:39 PM

I bought the R4330 and when it broke had it replaced for free on the LSA. Since the 4330 was no longer made they replaced it with a 4331. So I’ve used both. I had no serious issues with either one, although I think the new model may have slightly less snipe. 4 posts should be better than 2, but with the lock the 4331 seems plenty rigid. I have not had problems with the wood getting caught on the dust collection hose, but I can see it might be an issue if your hose had to go the other way to get to the dust collector.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#5 posted 03-17-2018 01:52 PM

I picked up one of those variants about 10 years ago (not sure which), to do some column and stair components I was working on for a friend. I ended up returning it. It didn’t hold adjustment. So it went back to HD. I was always Ridgid tool guy, but not so much any more. Also sold a Ridgid 12” sliding miter and went with Bosch. Seems they’re interest in producing for HD (going orange) has hurt the quality of their production.

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