Rigid R4331 13" vs Dewalt DW735 Planer

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12-06-2011 04:34 PM

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Hi fellow LJ’s…

I’ve scrimped and saved some cashola from some my Christmas cutting boards and I would like to replace my 12 1/2” Mastercraft planer. It has served it’s purpose of being a nice starting power tool but I feel it’s time for it to go and time to get a new one for a couple of reasons. It doesn’t have a dust chute so it’s one of the worst offenders for dust in my shop. Also, the added 1/2” width will come in very handy.

My local Home Depot has the Rigid R4331 on for $399 and the Dewalt DW735 for $699. Busy Bee has the Dewalt on for $599.

I would be interested in your opinions on either of these machines, pros and cons in trying to make the decision.

Thanks in advance…..


-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#1 posted 12-06-2011 04:50 PM

I’ve got the Rigid planer and have had really good luck with it planing everything from plywood (don’t ask) to curly walnut. I have a couple of complaints, but I think they’re typical for any planer similar to this one and not an insult to the Rigid.

First, the motor/blades are REALLY loud. I mean screaming like a jet engine loud. I understand that a helical cutterhead would reduce the noise, but that’s a pretty big cost difference.

Second, I can’t go more than a 100 bf or so without checking the planer’s settings. The 4 posts on the Rigid that allow the cutterhead to be raised/lowered are threaded rods with locking nuts. With so much vibration and the speed that the blades are spinning, those nuts work their way loose and allow one end of the cutterhead to dip. I went nuts trying to figure out why my boards were wedge shaped until I figured that out.

The DeWalt has some great features like two speeds and the blower motor for chip extraction, but for the money, I don’t think you can beat the Rigid.

You could also consider the helical head planer from Steel City. If I was buying another lunchbox planer, that’s the one I would get.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#2 posted 12-06-2011 05:34 PM

I have the 735 and an earlier two-blade Ridgid 4330. When I bought the 735 I thought I’d get rid of the 4330. But I soon realized that the 735 didn’t do any better job, so I kept both. I tend to get more snipe with the 735 even with the separately purchased extension tables. Forgot to mention that. The Ridgid has the extension tables, the 735 does not. I’d go with the 4331.

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#3 posted 12-06-2011 05:47 PM

I have the Rigid planer. I got it because it was on sale, $200 off at Home Depot! Overall I’m really happy with it. The snipe is terrible and I’ve tried a few things to get rid of it but honestly it’s just easier to keep the boards long and then cut off the last inch or two. It is noisey but I just put on some hearing protection and I’m good. I think eventually I’d like to take a look at the Dewalt because I’ve heard such amazing things about it, it’s just so expensive. For now… I love my Rigid.

-- Blair

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#4 posted 12-06-2011 05:58 PM

I’ve got the R4330 and have been fairly happy with it. They’re all very loud…no getting around that in a portable planer, but I don’t get snipe very often. I think I’d prefer it to have a manual cutterhead lock vs the 4-post threads, which is the same type device the 735 has to fight snipe. It’s a nice enough planer, but I’m not sure how big of a step up it is from your current planer, whereas I suspect the DW735 is a bigger step….albeit an expensive one. Executive decision time.

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#5 posted 12-06-2011 06:05 PM

I have the DW735 and like it. I bought a kit for chip collection recently and now the chips all go into a plastic garbage can. I find the blades do not last all that long but are easy to change. I have adjusted the infeed and out feed tables to cut way down on the snipe. Takes some trial and error to get it just right.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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#6 posted 12-06-2011 06:15 PM

I think one of the main reasons I have for ‘upgrading’ is for the dust port on a new machine. If I have to purchase extension wings for the Dewalt on top of the higher price, that may be a huge enough drawback to go with the Rigid….

Really appreciate the feedback thus far folks….keep those cards and letters coming!

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#7 posted 12-06-2011 06:44 PM

I have the 735 and love it. I have put hundreds of board ft of lumber through it and it works great. Still on the original knives. The dust collection system works good too.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#8 posted 12-06-2011 07:18 PM

Wayne – did you buy the extension tables or jig something up?

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#9 posted 12-06-2011 07:32 PM

I bought the 735 from Rockler about 3 years ago I think. They had the extension tables laying there too, so yes, I picked them up as well. I think its necessary to have some kind of extension table. You could make them if you wanted too…I dont think that would be too hard, but I paid about $550 for the planer at the time and I think I paid about $60 for the tables if I remember correctly.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#10 posted 12-06-2011 08:01 PM

I have the 735 and love it. The in and out tables are a must to get rid of snipe. Use a Harbor Freight coupon at Lowes and they will give you 20% off.

-- Chuck

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#11 posted 12-06-2011 08:10 PM

+1 for the DW 735. Picked mine up at Home Depot a couple a years ago when they were selling them out for $264 brandnew. Don’t have any experience with the Ridgid r4331 but, have been very happy with the Dewalt 735.

Good Luck.

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

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#12 posted 12-06-2011 08:30 PM

Don, did you get that MC planer used? The reason I ask is that I have one of those too and it came with a dust chute…works quite well if hooked up to a DC. I’ve gotten some good mileage out of mine and I just use it for clean up of old/used wood. It isn’t a DW735 by any means (have one of them too) and use it for final planing. I’d say the dust collection on the MC with a chute and hooked up to a DC is pretty darn close to being as good as the DW735.

-- Tilbilly Mark

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#13 posted 12-06-2011 08:41 PM

Hey Marcus….

I bought mine about 6 or 7 years ago and it didn’t come with a dust chute. I’ve been fairly satisfied with my MC but I’ve always been pissed about the dust and chips it throws out. It’s also giving me quite a bit of snipe on one corner now which is a recent thing so maybe it’s just tired :)

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#14 posted 12-06-2011 08:50 PM

:) yeah, I can appreciate the just tired thing, feel that way myself. The thing about those MC planers is that they just aren’t good enough where you feel like putting very much money in them to get them back up to snuff. I’d say, at 6-7 years, you got a darn good life out of it.

Take care, Mark.

-- Tilbilly Mark

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#15 posted 12-06-2011 08:56 PM

I have a 735 that I have been well satisfied with. I bought it because I got a really good deal on it. If I had to do it now the way the price has went up I’d probably buy the Ridgid.

-- Life is good.

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