dewalt 734 or ridgid 4330 planer?

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Forum topic by swampjack80 posted 03-13-2010 09:17 PM 9250 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-13-2010 09:17 PM

I’m trying to decide between these two planers. I’m kind of a ridgid fan but I want the best tool. I’ve read good and bad reviews on both of these planers and I don’t know which way to go. they are both 399 at HD. I’m going to be running rough stock through these. Seems the dewalt may have a problem with the infeed and outfeed mechanism messing up. I haven’t found a whole lot of negative reviews on the ridgid but i know dewalt has a good reputation. any help?

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#1 posted 03-14-2010 05:39 AM

I’ve had the Dewalt 734 for about 12 months. So far, it’s been a great planer. Mostly, I’ve run red oak through it and have been very please with the results. The knives are holding up well and so far no issues or problems. This is the first planer I’ve owned, so I can’t give you any comparison. I can say that I’ve owned a variety of both Dewalt and Ridgid tools and I’ve been pleased with both the tools and service when needed.

-- Terry - Willis, Texas

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#2 posted 03-14-2010 07:49 PM

I believe HD is putting the Ridgid on a 10% off right now, if that makes a difference.


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#3 posted 03-14-2010 08:05 PM

I’ve only had my 734 for a few months, but so far I am quite happy with it. I thought the reason to own a planer was to put rough stock through it! It’s a tough call because I think they get pretty similar reviews. I really wanted the 735 but I decided to settle for the 734…now with everything I bought with the $250-300 I saved I can’t picture me really needing the 735.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#4 posted 03-14-2010 09:25 PM

I think it works this way—from best to “worst”


The 735 is a SWEET machine. In recent testing, it outpaced the competition, but it really likes being used with extension infeed/outfeed tables. Seems the DeWalt in/out tables are more than fine.

Good luck, whichever way you go!

-- -- Neil

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#5 posted 03-15-2010 05:42 AM

I have a TP1300, the prior model to the 4330. It does all I could ask for. The only issue I have found is finding the blades. HD is the only place to find them…when they have them. When they do have them in stock, I usually pick up several sets cuz they may not have them on my next visit. Dewalt blades you can pick up anywhere. I don’t know as the DW735 is worth that much more for hobbiest use, but is a fine planer Although I love my 1300, if I were to do it over again, I’d go with a 15” Grizz.


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#6 posted 03-15-2010 06:35 AM

and ridgid is pulling ahead by knifes edge, and the dewalt is only a splinter behind. Stay tuned as this duo makes the final turn.

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#7 posted 03-15-2010 06:44 AM

Heres a thought. Save 90 bucks.

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#8 posted 03-15-2010 06:53 AM

Swampjack 80;

Save your money and find a deal on a Dewalt 735. Neil has it dead on, if you build at base cabinet with infeed / outfeed tables at least 4’ long to eliminate snip, the 735 is by far the best. Chip ejection is great, just don’t suffocate it with a shop vac. Hook outlet up to a real dust collector and let the chips fly! The DW 735 will be your last planer until you win the lottery and buy a 20” something.

Good Luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#9 posted 03-18-2010 03:12 AM

At one point I believed the 735 was a superior machine. Now I think it looks cooler, seems like the 4-post design is great and I’m sure the dust ejection is nice. But my 734 looks fine, I do have a manual lock but I am physically capable of locking and unlocking it, I have no snipe and the wings were included. I have a dust collector, but even with my shopvac I don’t have problems sucking the chips up. It’s not dust anyway so a broom can clean up any strays. My 734 was $360 (10% off at HD). Unless you get a clearance one, the 735 will cost $599 or more and the wings are $50. Maybe I’m trying to sell my self on the 734 I settled for…but there’s nothing that it hasn’t been able to do for me.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#10 posted 03-18-2010 07:11 AM

I was in the same boat as you last weekend and I ended up with the Ridgid. I’ve had good luck with Ridgid tools. On paper the specs of the Dewalt and Ridgid seemed the same, price was the same. Maybe it was just the floor models but to me the Dewalt seemed a little bit flimsier. Planed some walnut, rock maple, and mahogany so far and couldn’t be happier. Smooth as a babys butt.

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#11 posted 07-06-2011 03:18 AM

I just purchased the 735 and so far I like it. BUT LET ME TELL YOU MY STORY!

I purchased the 735 from Lowes because I had a 10% coupon. I kept it over night because I wanted to make sure that I really wanted it. I went to Home Depot and looked at the Rigid and decided that for $200.00 dollars less I could get the Rigid 13” planer. So the next day I loaded the Dewalt in the car and took it back to Lowes.

The girl asked me if anything was wrong with it since I hadn’t even opened it. I told her no but H.D. had the same planer on line for $549.00 and was going to go that route. She said she could match that price plus 10%. I said that I also had a Harbor Freight 20% coupon that I was going to use at H.D. and I didn’t think Lowes took them. She said let me check and see if we do. I said ok.
She came back and said that they do.

The long of the story, I ended up with a $600.00 dollar planer for $434.00.

Then, I received a Harbor Freight 25% coupon, good for the 4th of july and went to Lowes and bought an extra set of knives for my new planer at 25% off.

I guess Lowes also matches Harbor Freight coupons.

-- Chuck

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#12 posted 07-08-2011 10:34 AM

Not too shabby. I got a DW734 for myself last year. HD was at the time asking $399, Lowes had just dropped it to $349. So, I went to HD, invoked their price-match + 10% policy, then stacked another 10% coupon on top. $283.50+tax out the door. Great planer.

-- Ben - resident cheese whiz.

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#13 posted 07-08-2011 12:58 PM

I have had the Ridgid for about 3 years… no complaints. Does everything I want it to do. I mill some pretty rough hickory, wenge and hard maple with no problems.
Buy replacement knives on line for under $30 for the 3 knife set.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#14 posted 07-08-2011 01:50 PM

I found reviews on the 734 and 4330 to be about the same. I bought the 4330 based solely on the cost of replacement knives (about $20-30 cheaper for the ridgid).

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#15 posted 07-08-2011 02:27 PM

Try and find an outlet mall with a Direct Tools Factory outlet. I have one near me and got a Reconditioned Ridgid Planer for $169 and it has worked really well and saved me a ton of money. They generaly dont have them in stock but will put you on a list and call you when it comes in.

-- Alex

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