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#1 posted 08-29-2012 10:49 PM

CplSteel – The R4331 is an updated version of the R4330….it adds a manual cutterhead lock that the R4330 didn’t have (the 4-post thread design is similar to the DW735’s, and it’s supposed to reduce snipe, but I don’t think Ridgid’s application worked as well as the DW735’s, so they’ve added the tried and true cutterhead lock). The R4331 also adds an internal chip impeller, which is a feature the DW735 has. Those are two fairly significant upgrades IMO.

The Grizzly 0505 benchtop has no cutterhead lock, so will be more prone to snipe. Planers are chip spitting monsters, and the DC chute is a $21 option, so figure $365 shipped with the chute. As much as I like some of the Grizzly tools, I’m not seeing much advantage with this one over the DW734 or either Ridgid

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