Dewalt 735 or Ridgid R4331 Planer

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Forum topic by PoohBaah posted 11-21-2014 05:29 PM 2704 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-21-2014 05:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: planer sale ridgid dewalt discount question rustic refurbishing

Lowe’s is running the Dewalt DW735 planer for $420 which is roughly $130 OFF. But if you go to the post office and pick up the change your address packet there is a 10% off coupon for lowes in it. So you could buy it for another $42 off for $378 which would actually make it comparable to the Ridgid R4331. I am really interested in this planer but not sure if I am going to pull the cord on buying it or not. It is between this one and the Ridgid. The main use for this planer will be for reclaimed barn wood and the price of new blades is $20 cheaper for the Ridgid over the Dewalt. I know that I will chip out blades eventually by missing a nail. Is the Dewalt overkill for what I will be using it for?

Does anyone have any insight on which i should choose? Any comments or advice is welcome.

Thanks Everyone, also here is the link to the dewalt at Lowe’s

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#1 posted 11-21-2014 06:03 PM

If you want it go for it. I found replacement blades on e-bay cheap. I always keep an extra set just in case! Being retired Navy I get 10% off at Lowes.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#2 posted 11-21-2014 06:08 PM

Don’t buy the Rigid. I bought it and killed one within 2 weeks (Started making awful rattling and grinding noises whenever it was used). Returned it for another and killed that one within an hour of setting it up (started eating the inside of the housing). This was with taking about 1/32” off at a time. Not abusing the machine.

Picked up the Dewalt 735 and it’s never let me down.

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

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#3 posted 11-21-2014 06:14 PM

I know nothing about the Ridgid, but I’ve had the DW735 for several years, and it has gotten a lot of use. I think it is a terrific machine, and you are getting it at a very good price. One caveat….you will find a lot of comments on LJ about the quality of the knives, and they are legitimate complaints. I just bought a set of replacements on Amazon for $42. I don’t consider that excessive, and it is a helluva lot cheaper than they were a few years ago. Unfortunately, the blades cannot be resharpened. Good luck.

-- I'm a LumberJock and I'm OK.............. I sleep all night and I work all day !!

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#4 posted 11-21-2014 07:12 PM

I have the Ridgid and really like it, put a lot of hardwood through it, no problems. And the Lifetime Service Agreement is nice too.
But for the same price I think I’d choose the Dewalt any day of the week…

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#5 posted 11-21-2014 09:17 PM

For that price I’d go for the Dewalt. Yes, the blade sets are ~$15/set more expensive. Just depends on how many nails you plan to chew up, and only you can judge that.

The blades can be resharpened a few times, but not reground to take out large nicks. Woodshaver has a design here for a jig to sharpen planer/jointer knives, which I have made and its works well (I have the DW735).

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#6 posted 11-21-2014 09:33 PM

Oh Pooh…

I clicked on the link and the price was 549.00 at my store. Dang it

-- Putty

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#7 posted 11-21-2014 10:20 PM

Whatever you buy, if your are going to run reclaimed barn wood, I would buy a metal detector.

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#8 posted 11-21-2014 11:06 PM

Which store are you looking at lowes prices differ from store to store but will price match another store if you put in the same store as op uses you can show people at your store the price difference.

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#9 posted 11-21-2014 11:17 PM

I’ve owned both and I would say go with the Dewalt. They are both good planers, but the Dewalt is a just a little better. However, be prepared to buy the extension tables because the Dewalt will snipe pretty bad without them.

-- Family, Friends, Jiu Jitsu, Woodworking. Order varies daily!

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#10 posted 11-22-2014 12:06 AM

Will the op please update this with the store? I would like to get this deal but the link keeps going to my local store and the price is 549.

-- I know you know...

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#11 posted 11-22-2014 01:03 AM

Was about to pull the trigger on a used 40200H.
This might be interesting…. and the buy a helix head…
Here is how to get this product for much less:
- Price is 420$ (PLEASE, OP tell us which store OR post a picture of the price tag). Any Lowes will honour the same price. (worked with my Delta 36-725.
- Save 10% many ways, including this:

- Save 10% by buying discounted gift cards like here:

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#12 posted 11-22-2014 02:28 AM

If you can get a 735 for the $ you say, get it.

-- ....And on the seventh day the Lord created the Les Paul...and it was good.

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#13 posted 11-22-2014 02:33 AM

Alright it appears I have thrown the woodworking community into a tizzy with this post. I found the ad with the marked down Dewalt on my work computer and it sees my location as outside St. Louis. This I believe is bc our servers are routed through corporate even though I am in NW Indiana. I will post the exact location for this price when I get back into work Monday. No worries about it running out bc I believe it runs through the first of the year or longer at that price.

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#14 posted 11-23-2014 06:03 PM

I had the dewalt 733 planer for many years. Not a single issue with it. It just ran and ran.

Then the three knife planers started to come out, so I sold thenDewalt 733 and I bought a Ridgid 4330 reconditioned from CPO, and it burned out. I then bought the new Ridigd 4331. That one burned out too.

I went back to Dewalt and got the 734 and it has been a work horse just as the 733 was.

Disclaimer, I have several Ridgid tools that I use and like a lot. Their drill press, their Oscilia ting sander, and yes, I even got their band saw and I tuned it up very nicely.

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#15 posted 11-23-2014 06:50 PM

The DW735 is a far better machine. rigid simply sucks.

-- Artisan Woodworks of Texas....

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