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02-06-2014 07:02 PM

I’m thinking of buying the Ridgid portable planer Home Depot sells. The reviews on the Home Depot site seem to be reasonable. I’m curious what you folks think about this planer. How does it do with figured woods such as Curley Maple? I’m going to use it in my home woodworking shop.

-- measure 3 times, cut once

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#1 posted 02-06-2014 07:11 PM

I dont know much about planers but I do know that right now for prime members it seems on Amazon you can get the Dewalt 735X for $559 and it says its a package so it includes the infeed and outfeed tables and an extra set of knifes. Original price on that is almost $1200. Like I said I don’t know much about planers but I read peoples reviews of the dewalts and they all seem to love them. What exact model is the ridgid planer?

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#2 posted 02-06-2014 07:15 PM

I don’t know much about this newer model. I have the previous model and it has served me quite well, once I realized that I needed to angle both the infeed and outfeed up a bit (you have to experiment a little) to eliminate snipe. Once I did that, it has worked great for me,and I’ve put a fair amount through it.

Not sure what they’re charging at HD, but you can get a refurb for $309.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#3 posted 02-06-2014 07:29 PM

Model # is ZRR4331. $369 with a lifetime warranty. I like the idea of a lifetime warranty. My concern is the planer doesn’t produce smooth surfaces, snipes, and/or cuts unevenly. What good is a lifetime warranty if the planer is a POS in general?

-- measure 3 times, cut once

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#4 posted 02-06-2014 07:30 PM

Does the refurbished unit have a lifetime warranty as well?

-- measure 3 times, cut once

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#5 posted 02-06-2014 07:35 PM

The Ridgid or other lunchboxes have two advantages over the DeWalt 735x:

About 20 pounds lighter, if portability is important (a factor for contractors).

Smaller footprint, if you have a very small shop that might be important.

Otherwise the Dewalt is the cat’s pajamas.


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#6 posted 02-06-2014 07:36 PM

I have the Ridgid, btw, and have been happy with it (I need both ease of portability and small footprint).


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#7 posted 02-06-2014 08:03 PM

I have the RIDGID and have been pleased with it. I haven’t used it on any really hard hardwood, but it’s done a great job on cypress, sycamore and southern yellow pine.

Like most lunchbox planers, you should not try to take a very deep cut each pass. I don’t get much, if any, snipe as long as I remember to grab the outboard end of the board if it’s any significant length at all.

Good Luck!

Be Careful!


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#8 posted 02-06-2014 08:14 PM

You could also get a lunchbox planer with a segmented carbide cutterhead from Highland Woodworking for around $500 plus shipping (and another $40) for a set of replacement cutters.

They did a pretty thorough review of it on You Tube.

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#9 posted 02-06-2014 08:17 PM

Have your guy a HD call to see if they are even available.
I went to buy one at my local HD and they were no longer available from Ridgid, so I bought the 735X Dewalt.
I was also told they no longer offer the table saws. I called Ridgid customer support line and they confirmed they were no longer offering the planer or table saw.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#10 posted 02-06-2014 08:24 PM

I’ve had the Rigid planer for several years and have been pleased with it. I don’t know if the current ones are as good quality, and I’ve also heard HD is discontinuing carrying Rigid tools. As for tearout on curly maple, I think it has more to do with sharpness of the knives and technique than brand of planer. One tip I’ve learned is to take a damp rag and slightly wet the board surface before running it through the planer. That helps quite a bit on curly maple. Shallow cuts are a must too.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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#11 posted 02-06-2014 08:25 PM

I just recently purchased the Ridgid planer from HD also. I have been very pleased with it. Most all the wood I have put through it has been soft wood building end tables and nightstands but it has performed very well. The dust collection on it also works very well. I would say my DC get about 90-95% of the planer shavings. I think if your looking for something under $400 this one will do a great job for you.


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#12 posted 02-06-2014 08:31 PM

My understanding is that the Ridgid is a great planer. If it is your max budget, then get it and youll be happy. If you can afford the extra for the Dewalt 735, then you should go with that. I couldn’t be happier with mine, although as Basswood said its 20 lbs heavier. I knew Id be setting up mine permanently so weight was not an issue. Also do a search on here for planer tables. I borrowed a couple ideas and now have fully adjustable infeed and outfeed. no snipe for me.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#13 posted 02-06-2014 09:55 PM

I used mine for 11 years, before springing for a 15” Grizzly spiralhead. Served me well, and I only ever bought three sets of knives since I sharpened them myself.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#14 posted 02-06-2014 11:10 PM

Hey Tennessee: How do you sharpen disposable planer knives?

-- measure 3 times, cut once

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#15 posted 02-07-2014 01:02 AM

Seems that HD is no longer selling the R4331 planer, according to their website. They do, however, have the DW735x listed for $539 w/ tables and extra knives. No brainer for me as I have a TP1300 planer and although it works fine, I have a hard time getting blades for it. I’m thinking that Ridgid and HD will part ways in the future


dbw, I sharpen mine with a homemade jig, similar to a Deulen. It does ok but I wouldn’t want to run any figured woods through it though

-- In the shop making chaos out of order

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