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Carson1

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01-12-2019 07:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: ridgid planer

Dose anybody have experience with Ridgid tools, or the using the lifetime warranty they come with. Specifically, I am looking to buy a Ridgid Planer for the lifetime warranty.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-13-in-Thickness-Corded-Planer-R4331/100634358


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ChefHDAN

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#1 posted 01-12-2019 08:10 PM

The lifetime warranty will not cover blades, only manufacturing defects. I have several Ridgid stationary tools I bought when they went from the grey ones to the orange ones. I had the grey version of the TP1300 and sold it to buy my DW735. The grey TP1300 had a lot of movement in the cutter-head which is “supposed” to have been corrected. I’m not going to trash the Rigid one because it worked well in the beginning for me but overall performance is SO much better in the DW735, especially the slower finishing speed which I use for every project. I really don’t see the lifetime warranty being a decision factor for non-battery tools.

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Ripper70

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#2 posted 01-12-2019 08:16 PM

I have a Ridgid shop vac, Ridgid compact router and a Ridgid palm sander. I’m perfectly satisfied with the tools and, thankfully, have never needed to use the warranty.

However, if you could swing an extra $160 bucks, the DeWalt DW735X might be a much better investment. JMHO.

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#3 posted 01-12-2019 09:15 PM

I have the planer and like it. I’ve not had issues with movement in the cutterhead. I think it’s pretty comparable to all the other lunchbox planers other than the 735.
I have used the LSA for my Ridgid jobsite tablesaw. It stopped working, I brought it to the local shop that does LSA work, they replaced the motor and I went and picked it up. No problems, as long as you make sure that the registration worked and that you have some kind of copy of the receipt (although now I think that the Ridgid website stores a pdf of the receipt).

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Bill White

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#4 posted 01-12-2019 09:17 PM

It is NOT a warranty. It is a service agreement, and items must be sent to a service center. Just so ya know.
And…………you MUST fill out all of the paper work when the item is bought.

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MrUnix

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#5 posted 01-12-2019 09:28 PM

Don’t have one of the new ones, but do have the older (TP1300) that I got from a fellow LJ member that I am more than happy with. Once setup and adjusted properly, it leaves a great finish, super easy to produce repeatable thicknesses, and not a lick of snipe. That said, if I hadn’t got the Ridgid the way I did, I would not have gone out and purchased one… instead I would look for one of the heavier cast iron and induction motor planers out there. A moving table is preferable to a moving head, and knives that you can sharpen over and over again give you a lot more bang for the buck over the disposable ones being used on the smaller machines. YMMV.

Cheers,
Brad

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Kirk650

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#6 posted 01-12-2019 09:42 PM

I have a Ridgid TS, Sliding Compound Miter Saw, BS, and jointer and have had no problems for over 10 years. That said, I would not rely on their warranty.

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#7 posted 01-15-2019 01:27 AM

I bought an entire cordless tool kit from Ridgid mainly due to the replacement policy for the batteries. When it came time to use it, they said I failed to correctly fill out and file the registration card and they have no record of the purchase. Having paid with a credit card (somewhere around $600), I was able to provide the date, cost, and every other possible piece of information they could want. Still no go. They would not honor their replacement guarantee in my case. Although it’s entirely possible I failed to mail the card in, in my view the supporting documentation as well as the purchase proof along with the serial numbers should be enough. The batteries really did not last as they should have. Needless to say, I will be looking at other brands in the future due to a bad experience.

These days, as far as cordless goes Milwaukee is the one to have. The Fuel in particular is killing it. I’m a big fan of Bosch as well. Let us know what you go with.

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knotscott

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#8 posted 01-15-2019 11:46 AM

The R4331 is a step up from the earlier R4330 IMO, but I don’t think it’s quite the workhorse the old TP1300 was. I’ve been using the R4331 for over 5 years with no issues. I would also consider the DW734.

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jonah

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#9 posted 01-15-2019 01:25 PM

I’d spend a bit more and go with the Dewalt 735, personally. It’s a much better machine.

I have several Ridgid handheld tools (router, random orbital sander, etc). I’ve never had to use the LSA. I recently sold my 18V Ridgid drill and impact driver and bought a Bosch 12V set. The router and ROS have been great, but the drill/impact were definitely underpowered compared to the competition. My Bosch 12V tools feel almost as powerful, and they weigh a whole lot less.

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Jeff

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#10 posted 01-15-2019 01:53 PM

I started with the R4331 and it worked great for a couple of years. When I bought my DW735 I couldn’t get it in me to get rid of the R4331. I still use it on and off.
As far as the LSA, you really do have to take the initiative and follow through on the registration. Don’t expect Ridgid to bail you out later when you need it. It really is easy and there’s an online record of every tool you’ve bought from them. I’ve only needed it to replace batteries a few times but at the cost of those, very worth it.

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#11 posted 01-16-2019 04:48 AM

I don’t have any Rigid tools. But my son-in-law has mostly Rigid because of cost. He not having any issues with the Rigid brand. Personally I’d buy want you need, instead off sacrificing your wants, because off warranty.

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Jack Thomas

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#12 posted 01-16-2019 04:55 AM

I have more Rigid cordless tools than I care to think about! LOL Not a problem with any of them…and that includes saw, recip saw, 2 impact wrenches, 3 drills and all the accompanying batteries.

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