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Forum topic by knotscott posted 05-22-2014 01:09 PM 1773 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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knotscott

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05-22-2014 01:09 PM

Anyone using or familiar with the newer R4331 planer (not the R4330)? Comments, insights, etc., good or bad?

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....


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#1 posted 05-22-2014 01:46 PM

Sorry pal I wish I could help. You are one of most helpful people on here so I have a feeling the community will chime in soon. TTT (To Top Thread) for knotscott’s help.

-- "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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#2 posted 05-23-2014 01:00 AM

What TBW said.

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#3 posted 05-23-2014 01:04 AM

I had a very bad experience. Bought one, and it started eating itself from the inside out after about a week and a half. Returned it for a second one, that one lasted an hour before it started destroying itself. I wasn’t taking more than 1/32” off at a time, either.

Got my money back and bought a Dewalt 735 instead. That thing has been nothing but awesome.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#4 posted 05-23-2014 01:06 AM

Scott, Is that a different model than my 3 blade Ridgid that is about 6 years old? If so, I’m no help.

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#5 posted 05-23-2014 01:14 AM

Hard to say….I don’t think the R4331 has been out for 6 years yet, but I could be wrong. You likely have an R4330….similar to the R4331, but not the same. Thanks.

I’ll know more about the R4331 this weekend…I bought a refurb for $310 shipped from Tyler Tool. It should be here by tomorrow. I’m hoping for good things from it!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#6 posted 05-23-2014 01:51 AM

Scott, I’ll see if I can find a number or the manual. Mine has been an absolute workhorse and has been troublefree since purchased despite some severe abuse planning reclaimed/dirty lumber.

FYI – I have my “disposable” blades resharpened and they cut better/ last longer than the new ones.

Good luck with yours.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 05-23-2014 02:13 AM

I have a R4331 on which I installed a Shelix head, I am happy with it.

http://lumberjocks.com/b2rtch/blog/39721

-- Bert

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#8 posted 05-23-2014 10:06 AM

Thanks guys!

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#9 posted 05-23-2014 10:44 AM

Congrats scott.
May it serve you well. :-)

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

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#10 posted 05-23-2014 11:00 AM

Scott,
The only thing I do not care for on mine is the system to adjust the height, it is not as smooth as I wish it was, but this is due to the design, to many chains, gears and screws.
I improved this quite a bit on mine when I took the head out to replace it, by lubing everything to death with dry moly.

-- Bert

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#11 posted 05-23-2014 12:05 PM

Bert – I remember not liking the raise/lower crank on my R4330. It was way too short of a diameter crank, so I added an extension and relocated the handle at the end of it…..it helped, but was still not quite to my liking. I guess the R4331 handle is on top now?

My R4330 mod:

The R4331 crank looks pretty small too:

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#12 posted 05-24-2014 12:12 AM

OK…the R4331 arrived today safely and intact. The main differences from the R4330 are the cutterhead lock and the chip ejector. As mentioned earlier, they did move the elevation crank to the top. Whether or not it’s due to the location, I do like this elevation crank better than the one on the R4330.

I ran it for maybe 30 minutes tonight, and so far it’s been just fine…..it’s almost unfair to judge a planer with clean rollers and brand new blades, but so far so good, as expected. I’m not overly impressed with the DC so far, but it works as well as any other I’ve had…..I guess I expected stellar DC with the built in chip ejector. Once I’ve got a better feel for it, and have put some hours on it, I’ll post an update and/or will possibly write a brief review.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#13 posted 05-24-2014 02:28 AM

Just curious about the purchase of a refurbed unit that was only $100 less then a NIB with its LSA eligibility.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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#14 posted 05-24-2014 02:45 AM

Had mine for about 2 years. So far so good. I rarely use the lock on mine. I use the bag from my blower vac to catch chips. Does pretty good.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#15 posted 05-24-2014 03:24 AM

”Just curious about the purchase of a refurbed unit that was only $100 less then a NIB with its LSA eligibility.”

This was an unplanned purchase, and there was really no budgeting for it….it was just a $300 expense, which had a lot more appeal than a $400 expense. We’ve been getting stretched on several different fronts lately….wedding, proms, dental work, car repairs, etc…..the $100 mattered this time.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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