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Forum topic by mcoge posted 01-23-2020 08:22 PM 395 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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mcoge

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01-23-2020 08:22 PM

Looking for feedback. Need a new planer, down to the Ridgid or DeWalt. Both available from Home Depot. The Ridgid is $459.00 and comes with a Lifetime Warranty. The DeWalt is $499.00 comes with a 3-year warranty, also comes with extended infeed and outfeed tables and extra set of knives. Which would you choose?

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#1 posted 01-23-2020 08:53 PM

Hands down, the DeWalt. Excellent track record, built like a tank, super powerful built-in blower (though it sounds like a jet engine), dual speed control. Bottom line, it’s the cream of the crop for lunchbox planers, and it’d be silly to pass it by for $40: especially considering the included tables and extra knives.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#2 posted 01-23-2020 09:09 PM

Not even remotely a question, get the DW735. It’s a few steps up in terms of quality, the extra set of blades makes the cost difference negligible and the Rigid warranty is worthless making the Dewalt warranty likely the better warranty.

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#3 posted 01-23-2020 09:16 PM

I don’t have any experience with the Ridgid but I just upgraded from a Delta 22-580 to the DeWalt DW735X and the first board i ran through it was a piece of figured walnut and i was amazed how smooth it came out

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#4 posted 01-23-2020 09:21 PM

The DW735 is the better machine hands down from all the reviews I’ve found. The Ridgid warranty is by no means worthless though. In the early days I would agree with this. In the last couple years its been a flawless registration online and the few times I’ve had to take a tool in i just went to a Home Depot that has a tool rental department and they checked in it. One they fixed there and the other two they shipped off for me. The Ridgid warranty isn’t lifetime like most ppl think though. Pretty much when parts supplies run low the warranty’s life is over. Or it could be some random amount of time they choose to say its had a full life on to the next product series.

DeWalt will most likely require you to take the machine to one of their service centers or ship it in for a warranty claim as well. You do have the option to start the claim online and bring the claim number with you to the service center though.

Either way warranty claim is going to be headache no matter who you choose so I’d just go with the better machine which is the DeWalt.

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#5 posted 01-23-2020 09:56 PM

Unfortunately I do have experience with the R4331. I bought one to save money over the dewalt and it died within 2 weeks. The replacement one lasted an hour. Got my money back and bought my 735. Have planed a ton of wood since. Only issue I had was the chain tensioner bent and the lift mechanism got stuck, which isn’t uncommon. About 30 min to take it apart, bend it back in place, and then it’s been working great ever since.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#6 posted 01-23-2020 10:02 PM

DW735 owner here. I’ve had it for a year and have zero complaints. I use it a lot and as long as you take care of it it’ll take care of you. It’s also $279 on Amazon right now which is a stupidly good price.

-- Matt - Colorado

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#7 posted 01-23-2020 10:15 PM

I have the Ridgid and it has worked great for me for the last couple years. I’m not sure what jmartel is doing to his bench top planers to break them both. A good point to add is that both have the built in blower (a very great to have in a planet) and generally good reviews across multiple sources.

That said, I would agree that the Dewalt 735 is the Cadillac of bench top planers. I chose the Ridgid because at the time, the 735 was about $150 more. That close of a price difference, go with the Dewalt. I’ve had bad luck with Dewalt tools and am not a huge fan in general, but in this instance, the 735 has been and remains the top choice.

Also, damn you for making me recommend Dewalt!

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#8 posted 01-23-2020 10:58 PM

Just normal operation, taking 1/32” off at a time. Something internal got loose and the machine started eating itself. Both of them did it. Probably about 30 boardfeet through the first one, and the second one only made it through about 5.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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WhyMe

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#9 posted 01-23-2020 11:19 PM



DW735 owner here. I ve had it for a year and have zero complaints. I use it a lot and as long as you take care of it it ll take care of you. It s also $279 on Amazon right now which is a stupidly good price.

- Fiver

I can’t find the DW735 on Amazon for $279. I think you were either seeing a reman or the DW734.

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HuckleberryWoodWrks

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#10 posted 01-23-2020 11:21 PM



Just normal operation, taking 1/32” off at a time. Something internal got loose and the machine started eating itself. Both of them did it. Probably about 30 boardfeet through the first one, and the second one only made it through about 5.

- jmartel

Wow. Hope that’s not the luck with tools you always have! Sounds like two lemons (to a point). Glad the Dewalt was an easy fix!

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Fiver

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#11 posted 01-23-2020 11:43 PM


I can t find the DW735 on Amazon for $279. I think you were either seeing a reman or the DW734.

- WhyMe

Ya that’s because I’m an idiot and typed in the wrong thing. Been a long day. Sorry about that…

-- Matt - Colorado

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#12 posted 01-24-2020 12:14 AM

Something You should look at before making a final decision: Grizzly G0889Z - 13 inch 2 HP Benchtop Planer with Spiral Cutterhead

Spiral cutterhead with 36 indexable cutters

-- Tom, Adams, TN

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#13 posted 01-24-2020 12:25 AM

I have the R4331. It’s fine, but I’d buy the DW735 in a heartbeat if the price is remotely close.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#14 posted 01-24-2020 04:04 AM

I’ve owned both. The 4331 was a decent tool. The DeWalt is a significant improvement.

-- John, BC, Canada

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