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03-16-2014 12:41 AM

Last year purchased a used Ridgid 1300 series Planer, it lasted a couple of months. The armature went out and the repair cost was more than getting a new machine. have been looking for anyone that has a newer Ridgid Plainer but have not seen any thing on them.

Have read a lot about the Dewalt DW734 and the DW735X. The prices are more that the Ridgid.

Any advice would help.

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#1 posted 03-16-2014 12:46 AM

I’m happy with my 735.


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#2 posted 03-16-2014 12:55 AM


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#3 posted 03-16-2014 01:04 AM

Well I just bought the latest ridgid model. Absolutely love it. I myself was interested in the dewalt 735 but the price difference to me didn’t seem worth it. Dewalt over charges on everything. Im a dewalt addict but their prices get rediculous. Anyways my point is if you have the extra bucks for the dewalt or if you can find it for a good price, go for it. Otherwise stick with the ridgid. As a dewalt fan, im impressed with ridgid. Plus if you buy the ridgid and its not on sale, keep your receipt and if it goes on sale (within 90 days I think it is) bring your receipt in and they will pay back the difference

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#4 posted 03-16-2014 01:35 AM

I have the previous version of the latest Rigid planer, prior to the current 4331 model with the height adjustment on the side. Probably the 4330.
I have been really happy with it. Adjustments are smooth and when you adjust the infeed and outfeed tables properly, I was able to eliminate all the snipe. The handles make it easy to move around despite the weight of the machine. I have run several hundred board feet through it so far and I have been happy with the results.
Unfortunately, the blades are not the same size as the Dewalt 734s but at about $30 a set, they are quite affordable. As well as having cutters on both sides.

Overall, I have been really happy with my planer. IF, I were to upgrade, it would be to a DeWalt 735 unless I found a good, wait, a GREAT deal on a 15+ inch stationary planer. most likely though, I will invest in a drum sander before a planer upgrade unless I wear the Rigid out.

Also, you should look at the too reviews on this site, I believe there are several Rigid planer reviews.

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#5 posted 03-16-2014 03:19 AM

Dewalt DW734. Love mine. It’s been a super-hard, reliable worker in my shop.

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

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#6 posted 03-16-2014 03:48 AM

I went for the Ridgid because of the price and because the Dewalt was too heavy for me to lift….

Very happy with my Ridgid. Only problem has been the bolts holding the blades in place seized but apparently that’s a common problem.

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#7 posted 03-16-2014 04:25 AM

1+ 735

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#8 posted 03-16-2014 04:51 AM

I’m in need for a planer too. After reading about the price difference between DeWalt 735X and Ridgid 4331, I was curious to see their prices. Ridgid 4331 – $700, DeWalt 735X $650 (on Amazon). While looking on Amazon the Steel City 40100 popped up ($300) w/ pretty good reviews.

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#9 posted 03-16-2014 05:08 AM

When picking up my new TS at steel city I also demo’d their 40100 13” floor model planer. Only 2 cutters but for $250 almost new I will be back to them next month for it. It cuts just as well as my current dewalt 735. If my current purchase from them holds up I will buy it at $250 and have a dewalt 735 planer with an extra set of factory knifes for $400 available if you can wait till early next month, my 735 also has the infeed and outfeed tables.


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#10 posted 03-16-2014 05:10 AM

I have a 733 its been a work horse when I replace it Ill go full sized most likely Powermatic If I was in the market for a lunch box the 735 would be the purchase Id make hands down the best portable

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#11 posted 03-16-2014 02:01 PM

DW735 has worked great for about 10 years now. With adequate hearing protection and dust collection, you should be happy with this model.

One (supposed) common failure is a broken feed roller gear. The spares are readliy available for about $8-9.

This planer is heavy, just a few pounds shy of 100. I found it best to find it a home on a mobile cart, and leave it there.

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#12 posted 03-16-2014 04:07 PM

+1 for the 735, sold my Rigid and got the 735 yes HEAVY, but the two speed and 3rd knife are worth it when you run a lot of BF

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