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Forum topic by Joshua Oehler posted 10-21-2013 11:59 PM 737 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Joshua Oehler

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10-21-2013 11:59 PM

Well I am having a debate with myself. I unfortunately will not have the money to spend on a nicer planer than these choices so I have to go with what I can afford. My debate has come down to the Dewalt DW734. 3 blade, 12 1/2” capacity being sold for $399. My other choice I have come across is the Rigid R4331 3 blade, 13” capacity for $369. So $30 cheaper, 1/2’ larger capacity (probably not really a big deal) and a limited lifetime warranty (which is probably a joke). After looking at both of them they seem equally sturdy and I really couldn’t tell much of a difference. Has anyone had any experience with these tools? or possibly have a better suggestion?

P.S. Is the Porter Cable that runs about $250 and only runs 2 blades much worse than these 2 or should I be smacked for considering it?

-- - "But old news can change, as memories float downstream. So don't judge me by my failures, only by my dreams"


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#1 posted 10-22-2013 12:08 AM

I like my dewalt, but it’s the bigger one. While googling for info on that “limited lifetime warranty” I saw a few Ridgid owners from late 2012 talking about the entire innards going kaboom. Going kaboom is not a recommended method for surfacing lumber.

As far as the warranty, it’s not a warranty – it’s a “service agreement” and if something breaks you will be at the mercy of whoever has to read this and determine what fair wear and tear means:
The Lifetime Service Agreement on RIDGID® Hand Held Power Tools, Stationary Power Tools and Pneumatic Tools covers all worn parts in properly maintained tools, including normal wear items such as brushes, chucks, motors, switches, gears and even cordless batteries in your qualifying RIDGID®Brand hand held and stationary power tools; and replacement rings, driver blades and bumpers on RIDGID® Brand pneumatic tools for the lifetime of the original owner. “Worn” doesn’t necessarily equate to “broken” and if someone decides you didn’t maintain it, then you are SOL.

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#2 posted 10-22-2013 12:15 AM

Yeah If I had the money to spend on the bigger Dewalt I would be looking at a whole different line of planers. but $550-$600 is out of my price range. In all honesty if I could talk my wife into letting my unload that much I would be looking for an upgrade to my portable table saw instead so it’s probably a good thing that I can’t….I would still be trying to woodwork without a planer or even hand planes!

-- - "But old news can change, as memories float downstream. So don't judge me by my failures, only by my dreams"

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#3 posted 10-22-2013 12:24 AM

Sorry, I wasn’t trying to upsell you – I know everyone’s got their budget to keep. I just wanted to make it clear that I don’t own the DW734 model, so my opinion isn’t based on direct experience. I’d still recommend it over the Ridgid because I have been very happy with all my dewalt tools especially the DW735 planer (except for the cutterhead bolts that they torqued to a bajillion pounds per inch.)
If you go to the review page of LJ, then click on the planer category on the left side, you’ll see the DW734 was the last one reviewed and it gets 5-stars. The ridgid might be buried in there too somewhere.

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#4 posted 10-22-2013 12:32 AM

Awesome, I will have to check that out for sure. Still new to the site so still learning what is all on here! Oh and I didn’t take it as trying to upsell me at all. The one you own is the one I started off trying to get before I got the evil eyes after my wife seen the price tag lol

-- - "But old news can change, as memories float downstream. So don't judge me by my failures, only by my dreams"

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#5 posted 10-22-2013 12:49 AM

I have the PC planer that you mentioned. It works well enough. I got it for a song from a scratch and dent sale. its as good as any lunchbox planer in that price range. BUT the other two machines you’re considering are better.

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#6 posted 10-22-2013 12:52 AM

I’ve owned the DW734 for about a year; very happy with it. One of the reasons I chose it over the Ridgid 4331 is the diameter of the dust port: 4” for the Dewalt, 2.5” for the Ridgid. Like JustJoe, I, too, have seen the “Kaboom!” reviews on the Ridgid – glad that I purchased Dewalt’s planer.

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#7 posted 10-22-2013 12:55 AM

Josh..I had the DW 733 (2 blade) and it was a beast. Ran it for yrs and then sold it to get the 3 blade Ridgid 4330. Well I burned up the 4330. Then got the Ridgid 4331…..burned that one up too. —Now I am just a weekend hobbiest.

I love my Ridgid bandsaw, drill press and sanding unit, just had bad luck with their planers.

So I went “back to the future” and got the DW 734 and have used the heck out of it….I am VERY happy.

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 10-22-2013 01:10 AM

I love my Ridgid 3 blade planer and have tortured it for years. I think they have a newer “improved” model since I bought mine and there have been a lot of complaints with this new model. Probably didn’t help you much but that’s my take.

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#9 posted 10-22-2013 01:14 AM

I would go with the Dewalt. I’ve had the 733 for about 14 years and it’s been unstoppable. As far as I know the only difference is the 3 blade cutter as opposed to 2. If I were to need a new one tomorrow, it’s what I would get. The 735 is too big for my shop and budget.

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David Dean

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#10 posted 10-22-2013 01:26 AM

I would go with the Dewalt. I have had my planer for 6 years now and it plans about 1500 to 2500 bf a year and I have change the blade’s 3 time’s and Im not that big of a fan with these lunch box planer’s as it is. But all my work is done in oak.

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#11 posted 10-22-2013 03:48 AM

I have the porter cable planner, I like it. for the price it cant be beat, when it had delta stickers on it everyone loved it.
I bought the dust port attachment for it and it doesn’t make a mess.

-- Measure once, cut , measure again, cut and damn its still to short

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#12 posted 10-22-2013 04:22 AM

+1 more VERY happy DW734 owner.
With the performance I’ve been getting from this machine I wouldn’t even consider paying the extra for the 735.

As already stated, the ridgid warranty is 3 years, the LSA is what’s lifetime, and coverage can be spotty depending on how close/far you are from a service center. I do love my ridgid tools, but IMHO the 734 is the better planer.

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

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pintodeluxe

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#13 posted 10-22-2013 05:09 AM

I would go with the 735 again. It is heavier and more robust than other benchtop planers. It has proven itself reliable and sturdy in 3-4 years of heavy use.
Buy a used one if the new price is too steep, you won’t regret it. The automatic cutterhead lock alone is worth the extra money.

It has a great depth stop, which makes all phases of your woodworking more accurate. The two speed gearbox is nice and very useful for figured woods. Blower fan, excellent material removal gauge – what more could you want.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#14 posted 10-22-2013 10:04 AM

I haven’t used the Ridgid planer but I’ve had my DeWalt 734 for some time now. I like it it very much. It gets the job done and I have probably put it through more hell than I should have.

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Joshua Oehler

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#15 posted 10-22-2013 01:53 PM

Thanks for the input everyone!!!

-- - "But old news can change, as memories float downstream. So don't judge me by my failures, only by my dreams"

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