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Hitachi P13F or Ridgid 4331 Planer

by DavedA
posted 07-13-2017 04:00 PM


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ChefHDAN

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#1 posted 07-13-2017 04:15 PM

The Ridgid is discussed her in this thread, http://lumberjocks.com/topics/32462 I had the previous version and it began to become a royal pain in the ass because the cutter head would creep from the vibration. The new version has a different height adjustment and may be better now, read the thread from the owners of the new version. I sold mine when I found a good deal on a Dewalt 735. 735’s don’t show up on CL often and I would only sell mine if I got a deal on a 15”+ unit. Overall I liked the Ridgid and dealt with the cutter-head always making sure to check and recheck, absolutely no comparison to the DW735 though.

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#2 posted 07-13-2017 04:28 PM

I read quite a bit on the Ridgid. I was going to get an older TP1300 a couple times, that has a few issues with chip collection, but was generally well received, but both got sold out from under me. The 4331 has the cutterhead lock that the 4330 doesn’t, which seems to be the big fault for what you describe with the creep. I like the repeat cut feature on the Ridgid, that they seem to have had forever. Unfortunately, good deals on CraigsList have been a real waiting game recently, as people seem to think their 4 year old used tool is as valuable as a brand new one with a warranty.

I like the Dewalt, but those seem to fetch a premium over the others, and a good price on those is typically upwards of $350. Within that price range, I can almost pick up a new Ridgid, and since it will be my first “It’s mine, I own it” planer, I am trying to be “frugal” but smart.

I know nothing about the Hitachi, though, and only recently started looking at that brand when I was researching Mitre Saws. Right now my shop is older Ridgid, Emerson made Craftsman, and Dewalt, primarily. Part of me is attracted to the $50 of the Hitachi, but if it’s $50 thrown away on a tool I will want to replace in a year, or after a couple builds, it’s not really worth it.

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#3 posted 07-13-2017 04:34 PM

I have the Hitachi and it’s been a good planer. For 50 it’s a steal.

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#4 posted 07-13-2017 07:09 PM

If you can get blades, the Hitachi for $50 is a steal. If not, the R4331 is fine.

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DavedA

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#5 posted 07-13-2017 09:26 PM

I have found blades online already, and it seems around 30-35 is standard price for them. It sounds like I am going the Hitachi route and pushing to see if I can get it before someone else does. Hopefully my luck will change.

For those who have it, do you have the collection chute for the back of it, or do you do anything for chip collection?

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#6 posted 07-15-2017 10:27 PM

I rigged up a shop vac floor sweeping nozzle to attach to the top of the metal dust chute. It catches about 3/4 of the chips. Running it without anything creates a huge mess.

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