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Forum topic by sikrap posted 07-08-2009 09:34 PM 5535 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-08-2009 09:34 PM

I have received a gift certificate at HD that I would like to apply towards a planer. There are several HD’s in my area and some have the R4330 and some have the TP1300LS. Oddly, they are the same price.My question is this… which should I buy? I have read very good reviews on both. Thanks!!!

-- Dave, Colonie, NY


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#1 posted 07-08-2009 09:47 PM

I have the 4330 and love it. I have put all manner of wood through it – even end grain and it did a fine job of cleaning it up. My only caution is that HD does not routinely stock the blades. I had to order them on line.
As to “which should I buy” – tough decision (but a most pleasant one)! Maybe someone with the TP can comment on that machine.
Ellen

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#2 posted 07-08-2009 09:48 PM

I am changing my answer because apparently I don’t know how to read. LOL. Anyhow, I have had one of these for the last 5 years and it still goes strong. you can’t go wrong either way, but buying newer models comes with improvements. Here’s one review: http://www.newwoodworker.com/reviews/rgd13plnrvu.html

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#3 posted 07-08-2009 09:58 PM

Keith, both models are from Ridgid. one is the older version, and one is the newer one. which one do you have?

sikrap – I know the 4330 has 3 blades cutter, not sure if the 1300 is 2 or also 3. I know that a fellow LJ had the 1300, you might wanna PM Timbo for advice.

both get good reviews, and will serve you right. I would probably go with the newer 4330 model (just a replacement model to the TP1300).

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#4 posted 07-08-2009 10:36 PM

Dave – I’ve had an R4330 for about a month with only limited use so far. It’s performed really well the few times I’ve used it. One update the R4330 has that the TP1300 did not, is that it uses a 3 knife cutterhead for a smoother finish, and longer edge life. I think the blades are currently ~ $30/set which isn’t bad.

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#5 posted 07-09-2009 02:13 PM

Dave – I just remembered that there’s a Ridgid reconditioned outlet store in Waterloo, NY, just west of Syracuse on the Thruway. IIRC, someone mentioned that they have the R4330 for $185…..might be worth a drive.

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#6 posted 07-09-2009 05:49 PM

when i was in the market to buy a planer i wanted the tp1300 and it was right when the 4330 came out and it was more expesive and i couldnt find the 1300 so i got something else instead (a delta) in hindsight i wish i would have gotten the 4330. if you can get the 1300 for a good price i say go for it as it got good reviews (as does the 4330) just remember it maty be easier to get replacement parts for the 4330

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#7 posted 07-09-2009 07:36 PM

I have the 1300 and looked at the 4330. The new model has a little more beef on the infeed and outfeed tables, which can only help. They feel a lot more substantial. I’m not sure, but I’ve heard the 433o does not have a blade height lock, like the old model and there can be some height creep. The 3 blades for the 4330 actually sell for less than the 2 blades on the 1300. They were available at the local HD. If thyere’s anything I don’t like about Ridgid it’s that so few aftermarket parts (knives, sander pads) are not always readily available thru the retailers.

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#8 posted 07-09-2009 08:12 PM

Boardman – It’s true that the R4330 does not have a true cutterhead lock, but it uses a different 4-post design that supposedly eliminates the need for the cutterhead lock of a typical 2-post design. The R4330’s 4-post thread design is similar to the DeWalt 735’s. With that said, I have witnessed the head rising on a occasion if the board’s surface suddenly increasing dramatically in thickness, which I suppose could actually be a little self protective, whether intentional or not. I’ve never noticed the creep increasing the depth of cut, only decreasing, and only under circumstances that I described.

Dave – As mentioned on another site, I just skip planed ~ 250 linear feet of rough sawn ash and the R4330 did an admirable job.

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#9 posted 07-09-2009 11:55 PM

Thanks to all!! Based on the responses, I guess I’ll be going for the 4330 (assuming there’s no price difference). I mention that because I heard a rumor earlier today that the 1300 is on “clearance” for $229. If that is correct, I’ll probably get the 1300 since the folks that have it seem to love it. Thanks again!!

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#10 posted 07-12-2009 12:09 AM

Well, I got the TP1300LS for $205 (plus tax) (Clearance at $229 and $25 for new charge account). Based on the reviews, I would have preferred the R4330, but at almost twice the price, the 1300 won out and I doubt very much that I’ll be disappointed. Thanks again for all the help!! This site is truly incredible. Now, if I can just get the masons to finish the foundation for the new garage so I can frame/roof/side/wire it….

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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