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Forum topic by bochmann posted 11-17-2011 05:35 AM 1559 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bochmann

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11-17-2011 05:35 AM

I am looking into buying a planer for my shop but I am unsure which one to get. I have gone through all of the reviews and narrowed it down to either the Dewalt DW734 or the Ridgid R4330. They both have great reviews and are the same price. Im hoping you guys could help me out with my decision.
-Ryan


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#1 posted 11-17-2011 05:40 AM

None of the above, in my opinion it’s a DW735.

-- Joe

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#2 posted 11-17-2011 06:01 AM

If you are looking at lunchbox type planers only, that will run on 110 power, I agree with Joe on the DW 735.

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#3 posted 11-17-2011 10:26 AM

Between the ridgid and 734 I’d go for the 734.
Upping the price a bit I’d go for the makita 2012NB. I’ve rarely, if ever, read anything negative about that planer. IMHO it has some advantages over the 735; smaller, lighter, quieter. Things like that can be important in a small shop.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#4 posted 11-17-2011 04:04 PM

I use the Dewalt 735 and love it. I have put hundreds of board ft of lumber through it and it’s been flawless.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 11-17-2011 04:12 PM

I also have a DeWalt 734 that has hundreds of feet of lumber through it. It has not skipped a beat. The one drawback is that it is LOUD!! I cannot wait to find an old Powermatic 100 to replace it. Be aware that all of the lunchbox planers will be loud, it just the nature of the beast.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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#6 posted 11-17-2011 04:54 PM

I’m in the minority on this one. I have a DW733 (predecessor of the 734). I have had it for over 10 years and I have run hundreds of board feet of lumber through it and it has never let me down. If it ever wears out I will probably replace it with a 734.

I’m not saying there is anything wrong with the 735. I just don’t think the extra cost is justified.

I agree with MedicKen that it is very loud, but that is the nature of the beast.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Jeff in Huntersville

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#7 posted 11-17-2011 04:59 PM

I have both a 735 and an older two blade version of the Ridgid 4330. I use them both and they’ve never let me down. Both have planed many projects worth of hickory, red oak, padauk, etc. Both are loud because they’re straight blade planers. If you’re just starting out, and you use it for a hobby, and can’t afford a 735 then the Ridgid will do fine. If you can wait to save up a bit more get the 735. If you wait even longer and can save up even more get a spiral bladed model.

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#8 posted 11-17-2011 05:01 PM

I’m with Rich. My 733 has been a winner. I still don’t understand why the in/out tables on the 735 are sold as an accessory given the price of the base machine.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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#9 posted 11-21-2011 08:54 PM

I am having a Grizzly G0453PX delivered today that I ordered last week. Then i toured a couple of shops in town trying to find a place to buy lumber and found Dewalt 735s in these shops. One of theses shops has 15 employees and had about a million dollars in inventory. I was shocked to find them in there. Makes me wonder if I needed something a big and expensive since I have never used one…

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#10 posted 11-21-2011 09:24 PM

I have had both, and they are both fine machines. I gave the DeWalt to my son-in-law, and I kept the Ridgid, I liked it just a tad bit better. One nice thing, they are both still in the family, and he only lives 10 miles away.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#11 posted 11-21-2011 09:28 PM

I agree 100% with Jeff in Huntersville:

“I have both a 735 and an older two blade version of the Ridgid 4330. I use them both and they’ve never let me down. Both have planed many projects worth of hickory, red oak, padauk, etc. Both are loud because they’re straight blade planers. If you’re just starting out, and you use it for a hobby, and can’t afford a 735 then the Ridgid will do fine. If you can wait to save up a bit more get the 735. If you wait even longer and can save up even more get a spiral bladed model.”

-- When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.”   Theodore Roosevelt

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#12 posted 11-22-2011 01:12 AM

Go to WWW.cpooutlets.com, go to reconditioned tools, find the 735 on sale for $479 + $7.00 shipping. Full mfg warranty. Can’t beat it at Kroger. I’ve had mine 5 or 6 years and can’t live without it. Getting ready to go plane some sapele. Christmas is coming.,

On this subject, as I said, I’ve had this thing 5-6 years. Last night I flipped the blades for the first time. They still cut fine, but I figured it was time. It took me 20 minutes and I’m old and slow. I love it.

Steve

-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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Tennessee

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#13 posted 11-23-2011 08:37 PM

Well, I also recently bought a Grizzly Go453PX, mainly for the spiral cutterhead and the 15” width. And I love it, now that it’s finally set up properly. Glass finish, very accurate. But guess what? My guitars take a 3MM thick pickguard, and the Grizzly will only go down to a proud 4MM. Whoops! So my old, 2002 year model Rigid 4330 is still in action, taking off that last millimeter. I hate it, but have not the time or inclination to reset the Grizzly stops, which are on the vertical stanctions. Not even sure it’s possible, but should be. The Rigid has probably had ten thousand feet of lumber through it, a lot of it old growth very hard white oak and chestnut. Save for sharpening a lot of blades, it’s been a true trooper and never failed. Loud as hell, though!!

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#14 posted 11-24-2011 12:46 AM

@Tennessee, get a piece of melamine coated chipboard, 15 or 18mm thickness, cut it the same width as the bed and a little longer and attach a stop underneath at the front. Give it a sand with some fine sandpaper and a light waxing. Put that on your planer bed and run the timber thru on top, that will allow you to go whisker thin if you wish. I’ve made 1.5mm veneers on my Elektra Beckum HC260 doing this without any problems.

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#15 posted 11-24-2011 12:54 AM

I have a larger Grizzly spiral head planner and love it. Sorry I’m no help with the two your trying to make up your mind about.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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