Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 21

Thread: Ridgid R4330 Planer - Experience?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Thomasville, GA
    Posts
    5,992

    Question Ridgid R4330 Planer - Experience?

    My faithful Delta planer bit the dust a few days ago and I've been reviewing new benchtop planers. While the DW735 is an attractive option, I really don't want to spend that much. I've checked user reviews on several websites and it seems the R4330 gets better reviews overall than the DW. For those of you have have actual experience with the R4330, what is your opinion of the tool?
    Bill Arnold
    Citizen of Texas residing in Georgia.
    NRA Life Member and Member of Mensa
    My Weather Underground station

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Posts
    12,251
    Sorry you got no replys yet Bill, I cant help due to DW735 in my shop and i know many others here with them too.
    cheers

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix
    Posts
    8,529
    I am in the same camp as Rob, I have the 735 and love it, Yes it cost more but three features that are unique to the DW stand out. 1 the depth of cut indication. This I find invaluable. 2nd the chip removal system and last the two differant feed rates. FWIW Woodworkers Journal just did and evaluation of the little brother to the 735 the 734 along with the craftsman 21758, delta tp305, rigid R4330 and the ERoyobi AP1301. The dw 734 CAME OUT ON TOP.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Indianola, Ia about 12 miles south of Des Moines
    Posts
    440
    I am not much help either but check the steel city or delta. I am told they are made the same place. I know that the steel city is avaible with the segement head.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    WNY, Buffalo Area
    Posts
    873
    The best I can help is that I haven't heard anything bad about the Ridgid. I have a Delta 22-580 that I am happy with. However I don't think Delta makes this model anymore.

    I do have the Ridgid 6in Jointer, and I can tell you that getting knives for it is tricky. I have found them online, but I prefer to buy in a store if I can. For some unknown reason HD doesn't carry any replacement knives for it.

    Maybe it is different for the planer, as far as the replacement knives are concerned.
    We create with our hands in wood what our mind sees in thought.
    Disclosure: Formerly was a part-time sales person & instructor at WoodCraft in Buffalo, NY.
    www.tinyurl.com/thewoodshoppe

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Posts
    12,251
    Don one other DW735 feature that saved my bacon once or twice is the thickness dial in knob. You can set it to a particular thickness and then when you planning crank the handle down and it will not budge past the thickness set. This has stopped me and saved me a couple of times from not going to far.

    But Bill i would also look at cost of ownership. I dont know what the blades on the Rigid run for but with the DW you have two turns of the blade and thats it new blades. No sharpening because the set on tooling pins to make set up easy for easy change over. Downside is you got to keep buying them. They aint cheap and when one looks at it over time compared to say something like ones jointer where you get to sharpen blades and they are easily attainable then i think this factors in.

    DW735 blades for me are more than 10% of the cost of the machine each change over. I am heading for my third set. One has to wonder about the cost of ownership of some of these machines.
    Last edited by Rob Keeble; 08-31-2010 at 01:05 PM.
    cheers

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Posts
    11,828
    Dare I say it?????????
    At least check out and consider the Grizzly G0505.
    I am very pleased with mine. Do wish it had a more accurate thickness scale but that seems to be a common feature/failing of most in this size/price range.
    It has double sided blades. I recently must have run some very dirty and gritty wood through mine and chewed up a blade. Being able to just reverse, only took a couple minutes, kept me going.
    Bang for buck is, IMHO, a better deal than other similar ones on the market.
    "Folks is funny critters."

    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    Posts
    9,076
    It is a bummer that your old machine died as now I imagine time is your enemy. I started saving for a planer upgrade almost immediatly after getting a spiral head jointer. I knew after using it only a short while that when it was planer replacement time I was going to get something with (or upgradable to) a spiral head machine.

    Fortunately saving over a long period allowed me to get the G0453Z which takes up just about the same footprint as my DW734 on the stand. It was a chucnk of change but (watch how fast my rationalization engine kicks in) averaged out over the next 10 years, it made sense. Just food for (long term planning) thought.

    P.s. I have read satisfied posts about the Ridgid but have not used it myself.
    Last edited by glenn bradley; 08-31-2010 at 03:58 PM.
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    - Arthur C. Clarke

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Posts
    11,828
    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Wright View Post
    The best I can help is that I haven't heard anything bad about the Ridgid. I have a Delta 22-580 that I am happy with. However I don't think Delta makes this model anymore.

    I do have the Ridgid 6in Jointer, and I can tell you that getting knives for it is tricky. I have found them online, but I prefer to buy in a store if I can. For some unknown reason HD doesn't carry any replacement knives for it.

    Maybe it is different for the planer, as far as the replacement knives are concerned.
    It may be the same reason I have stopped using HD entirely. I tried to buy an air filter for a chainsaw I bought there. Management told me straight out HD doesn't bother to carry small items they can't make much money on. In other words they won't take care of their customers after the big sale.
    "Folks is funny critters."

    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Reno NV
    Posts
    13,360
    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    It may be the same reason I have stopped using HD entirely. I tried to buy an air filter for a chainsaw I bought there. Management told me straight out HD doesn't bother to carry small items they can't make much money on. In other words they won't take care of their customers after the big sale.
    That must be why they don't stock the sanding sleeves for the ridgid OSS I got there...
    Programmer - An organism that turns coffee into software.
    If all your friends are exactly like you, What an un-interesting life it must be.
    "A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of" Ogden Nash


Similar Threads

  1. Ridgid R4330
    By Roger Pozzi in forum Classified Ads
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 02-23-2016, 06:24 PM
  2. Ridgid Planer helical cutterhead update
    By Alan Bienlein in forum General Woodworking Q&A
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 04-13-2013, 03:47 AM
  3. Upgraded my Ridgid surface planer
    By Alan Bienlein in forum New Tools
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 01-14-2012, 03:25 PM
  4. Ridgid 6" jointer and DeWalt DW735 planer
    By Tony Maio in forum Hot Deals
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 01-29-2009, 05:54 PM
  5. Ridgid jointer and planer
    By Tony Maio in forum New Tools
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 01-17-2009, 02:18 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •