Rigid R4330 13" Planer

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Forum topic by apeman posted 01-12-2009 02:06 AM 2406 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2009 02:06 AM

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Hi All -

I’ve been researching into 13” portable planers and I have my mind set on the Rigid R4330 13” planer. However, I have been unable to find any info regarding how long the blades will last. Does anybody with first hand experience using this planer know how long I can expect a set of blades to last?

(I have a bad (albeit handy) habit of stocking up on consumables.

Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 01-12-2009 06:19 PM

I’ve had one of a couple of years. I am on my fourth edge (extra set comes with the planer, reversible). I have no idea how many board feet but I do I lot of oak.

A primary consideration I had for purchasing this model was blades were available locally. HD almost always has them in stock so in an emergency at 8 pm on a sunday night I can usually get a set.

I also blew out one edge on an unseen screw head, FWIW.

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#2 posted 01-12-2009 07:43 PM

Thanks for the feedback. As much as I don’t like home depot for some things, you can’t beat having a tool store thats open at 8pm on a sunday night. Most tool stores near me are not even open on sunday.

Thanks again

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#3 posted 01-12-2009 07:51 PM

I’ve had mine for 4 years and it’s still kicking and screaming. I do like that the blades are reversable and very easy to change. But in my opinion they don’t last that long and end up leaving lines in your material from small nicks they pick up from knots and such. I think the steel is weak. However, the blades and the machine are affordable and local and that is a big plus. I’d say make the purchase, unless of course you can spend more. Then I’d get a bigger one. 13” isn’t wide enough a lot of times it seems.

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#4 posted 01-16-2009 08:14 PM

Thanks for the input everybody. I went and pulled the trigger and bought the R4330 yesterday. So far everything is working as expected. Now I’m off to the lumber yard!

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