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Forum topic by ohtimberwolf posted 03-12-2012 04:09 PM 7681 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ohtimberwolf

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03-12-2012 04:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: planer 4331 ldt

Just on the shelf and both are new but the 4331 looks like it would be well worth the 1cnote more. Need your opinions on this fast as it is the LAST 4330 they have. larry

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.


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#1 posted 03-12-2012 04:18 PM

My understanding is that the R4331 has a manually engage cutterhead lock, whereas the R4330 relied solely on the 4-screw post design to hold the cutterhead place. Note that my info is 2nd hand and that’s all I know about the differences so far…they’re could be more, so take it within that context. My biggest beef with my R4330 is that the 4-post design doesn’t hold the head securely enough all the time….most of the time it’s fine, but once in a while it hiccups. The R4330 has been fine, but I wouldn’t rush to re-buy it if I were in the market.

See if you can find a coupon to drop the price.

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#2 posted 03-12-2012 04:31 PM

Thanks, I saw the one at HD and it does have a nice lock. Looks bigger and seems quite different. However, I think it is a single speed (10K) and I’m wondering if there is a seperate motor to the feed roller that a person could put a speed control on it to slow down the feed if they wanted to.

I think I would pay the $100.00 difference to get a better planer with the locking head. BUT, that single speed concerns me a little. larry

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#3 posted 03-12-2012 04:40 PM

5 / 5
I LIKED THE R4330 RATHER THEN THE NEW 4331MARCH 6, 2012
Fishmark
I purchased the r4330. I noticed there was also r4331. I looked online and saw the locking cutter head was one of the improvements to the 31 along with solid posts rather then threaded. When I got the 31 home it did not have a 4” dust collection hookup it had a 2.5” and was missing the handle screw. I took back the 31 and have the 30 which works great. Was a lot of work returning the items twice. The store did their best help and I got what I wanted. There are major differences between the two products.
Yes, I recommend this product.

googled the two and different opinions on the 2 models.

Good luck

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#4 posted 05-19-2013 04:17 AM

FWIW, As I understand it, the 4331 has a feature that allows you to repeat cuts which is very desirable.

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#5 posted 05-19-2013 04:30 AM

I read a review in one of my woodworking magazines that rated the R4330 as the best planer under $500. IDK if the R4331 was out at the time, but that says a lot to me.

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#6 posted 05-19-2013 05:27 PM

I read a review in one of my woodworking magazines that rated the R4330 as the best planer under $500.

the last test that wood magazine did of 13” benchtop planers saw the DW 735 rated top tool with the 4330 rated top value. IMHO, the 4331, with the manual cutter head lock and the usual ridgid support (90 day satisfaction guaranty, 3 year new tool guaranty and the LSA) make it a good unit for $400. if a HD can be found that will honor a harbor freight “20(now 25)% off any single item” coupon, it could be had for as little as $300. a no brainer for a 3 blade cutter head 13” benchtop planer.

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#7 posted 12-15-2013 12:52 PM

I don’t own the 4330 but have access to one. At first it did a good job and worked as expected but within just a short time 3-4 boards it quit pulling the boards through. It was old wood not fresh and new but You would have thought no problem. I have found no adjustment for the rollers. This is a new unit and in fact the first wood put through it is what I just described, 19/32 thick pine from old door jambs. It may be from dust on them but I have found the problem described elsewhere by others. I have been thinking about putting fine grit adhesive backed sand paper on at least the front roller. Because even with a push stick it doesn’t want to pull through. I have experimented with different cut depths (from a 32 to 1/8) and none seem to make a difference.

To be fair it was a returned new unit that was reconditioned and resubmitted for sale by Ridgid.

Let me know if you have a solution.

-- CAF, Midwest

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#8 posted 12-15-2013 11:21 PM

Wish I could help but I haven’t even been able to use mine yet, I ended up with a Dewalt 734. Like new as the fellow who bought it new only used it for a few kitchen cabinets. I got it and the stand for $200. and the blades have not been turned over. I’m sure others in here can chime in and help you though. larry

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