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02-08-2012 01:08 AM

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The Dewalt 734 12 1/2” 15 amp planer or Ridgid 13” 15 amp R4331? Same price same store (HD) larry

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#1 posted 02-08-2012 01:14 AM

Ridgid because of the LSA. Lifetime Service Agreement.
This is the first planer I bought and it served me well.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 02-08-2012 01:14 AM

DeWalt is the established brand with a very good, long term, reputation. I’ve had my 733 for over 10 years and it has never let me down.

I have no experience with the Ridgid but, IMO, the DeWalt is the safe bet.

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

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#3 posted 02-08-2012 02:43 AM

My vote.. between the two the DeWalt. I had the 733 for a short time and it worked well for what it is (low volume, hobbyist machine). I bought it in a pinch for commercial use and it just wouldn’t keep up. Not it’s fault, really any 110v machine would have grunted and popped. But overall, for a hobbyist or low volume use it’s perfect.. Just my humble opinion…

Hope this helps!

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#4 posted 02-08-2012 03:16 AM

I have the Ridgid and would buy it again. I have really abused it and it shows no signs of weakening I seem to see more posts here concerning problems with DeWalt planers than Ridgid. I realize that may be because more LJs own DeWalt but I couldn’t be happier with my Ridgid! If you buy the Ridgid, don’t throw the dull blades away. I have mine resharpened and they cut great and last better than the new ones. It costs $25 to get them sharpened and new ones cost $30 but it is worth it.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 02-08-2012 03:25 AM

I had the dewalt in a cabinet shop for 2 years I used it to edge all my face frame material. worked well. never used the rigid but I like the dewalt.


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#6 posted 02-08-2012 05:42 PM

Thanks guys, but

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#7 posted 02-08-2012 08:14 PM

Here’s why to buy the Rigid. Lifetime service agreement – Blades are easily resharpened,(I’ve had mine since 2000 and I still have one of the original set of blades.). Tough as heck, I have run literally thousands of board feet of all kinds of hard lumber, including years of barn oak I got from an Amish barn in PA. And it goes down to 3MM in thickness, (1/8”) without much problem. The new one has three blades, I believe.
Even though I have bought a Grizzly 4053 Polar Bear with the carbide spiral cutterhead, I keep the Rigid setup for that last MM that the Grizzly won’t reach without a platform of some type. 12 years for a lunchbox planer? I’d do it again and again.

-- Paul, Tennessee,

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#8 posted 02-08-2012 11:00 PM

Please don’t hate me fellow Jocks. I myself have had my Delta 13” for almost 12 years now. What a sweet tool for me. Weight, repeatability within 2 thou or so with the stop, and a carriage that for some reason is amazingly stable. The design of the locking handle is a “squeeze” type. Thus giving me the ability to crank down should I do wild grain etc. With the right infeed/outfeed table calibration and the unique carriage and handle thingy, I almost never have snipe. If I get a single board that reveals snipe, one slight “snug up” with the handle and it disappears. I have used both you are considering and like the Dewalt slightly better than Rigid but also like Rigid repair history. I just happened to purchase this one and am set for life and got lucky I guess. Good luck and congrats on the new tool. That’s always a reason to celebrate and always a WAY to celbrate! Take care.

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#9 posted 02-08-2012 11:12 PM

I have had a Dewalt 735 for the past 3 or 4 years. It has worked great after hundreds of board ft of hardwoods.
I definetly would buy it again.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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