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I just got my latest copy of FWW and there was a new portable planer test in it which is a little surprising since the last one they did wasn't all that long ago. No surprise at the winner. The DW 735X came in at the top again but 2nd place was a little surprising. Best value was the Ridgid R4331 at almost $300 cheaper. So if the DW is at the top of your tool allowance the Ridgid just might be the machine for you at under $400.The DW 734 was also very good and only slightly more than the Ridgid.

Ones that did very poorly were no surprise either being the Craftsman, Delta, Grizzly, General, both Rikons, and the Triton. The Makita was in the middle of the pack. The General 30-060HC and the Rikon25-130H were as much or more money than the DW 735 (by $50 for the General) and had segmented heads but that didn't seem to help them any. The Grizz was the cheapest at $285 but for about another $80 you can go from back of the pack to #2 so it doesn't make sense.

Most of the machines bringing up the rear bear some striking similarities to each other and are likely made in the same factory. Only the 2 DW machines came with the planing heads parallel to the beds. All the other ones needed adjustment as did my King 16" when I bought it so this should one of the first things anyone should check before you start planing something valuable.

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Over the years I have had several of the Delta planers, and as long as they aren't being pushed too hard they were OK. Not great, but OK. Often somewhat of a pain to change blades though.

Recently got the Ridgid and I must say that for the price (super special at the House of Pot when I got it) I'm more than pleased. It is going to be called on to cut several thousand lineal feet of cedar siding once the weather warms up.

So I will see how it performs when the $#@$ hits the fan. I'll try to remember to let you know how it does.
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Charles...couple of questions...I've been researching the 4331 for a while as I'm thinking of buying...currently $369 in HD...

I read that the 4331 has a problem with the motor heating up and thermal-tripping after a few minutes of continuous operation (with an equally long period to reset). What I cannot tell is if this was an early problem since solved or continues to plague the 4331...can't seem to find recent reviews. It seems to be the only negative discussed about the 4331.

I have also read of original blades still going strong after years of service (but with no comment on how many BF it's gone through).

Does the article speak to the motor heating up at all...? (...yes...just finished subscribing to FWW...takes a few weeks)

...and for the forum in general, does anybody use the 4331 that can post some comments on their experiences...?

(Hope this isn't hijacking what you may have intended...)

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Charles...couple of questions...I've been researching the 4331 for a while as I'm thinking of buying...currently $369 in HD...

I read that the 4331 has a problem with the motor heating up and thermal-tripping after a few minutes of continuous operation (with an equally long period to reset). What I cannot tell is if this was an early problem since solved or continues to plague the 4331...can't seem to find recent reviews. It seems to be the only negative discussed about the 4331.

I have also read of original blades still going strong after years of service (but with no comment on how many BF it's gone through).

Does the article speak to the motor heating up at all...? (...yes...just finished subscribing to FWW...takes a few weeks)

...and for the forum in general, does anybody use the 4331 that can post some comments on their experiences...?

(Hope this isn't hijacking what you may have intended...)

Thanks in advance...Nick
I have the 4330 (I think) and it is a fantastic tool. Never had it overheat even with dull knives. Knives last forever, thru oak, walnut, cherry, ash and poplar.

I don't know what the difference is between the two models, but I enthusiastically recommend the ridgid.
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Charles...couple of questions...I've been researching the 4331 for a while as I'm thinking of buying...currently $369 in HD...

I read that the 4331 has a problem with the motor heating up and thermal-tripping after a few minutes of continuous operation (with an equally long period to reset). What I cannot tell is if this was an early problem since solved or continues to plague the 4331...can't seem to find recent reviews. It seems to be the only negative discussed about the 4331.

I have also read of original blades still going strong after years of service (but with no comment on how many BF it's gone through).

Does the article speak to the motor heating up at all...? (...yes...just finished subscribing to FWW...takes a few weeks)

...and for the forum in general, does anybody use the 4331 that can post some comments on their experiences...?

(Hope this isn't hijacking what you may have intended...)

Thanks in advance...Nick
No mention of overheating Nick. They tested on white pine, white oak, and curly maple. What it does say about it are that it did really well on the first two but not as well on the curly maple. However, it and the 734 did as well as each other and were better than all of the also rans. The 735 did well on all 3.

Knife changes are quick and easy and the DC is good with an internal fan assist and the chute turns 90* on the outfeed so that the hose won`t get in your way. To be honest, the 734 and the Ridgid look enough alike and perform so similarly that they may be made in the same factory. The motors have slightly different cases but the overall apperance, shape, and size are about the same.The columns are the same, what I assuming is a stop rod is the same, and the height adjusting knob is in the same place.

As for the others, the Craftsman, Delta, Grizzly, one Rikon, and the Triton are all using the same motor and many of the parts are either the same or uncannily similar.

Nick is there a chance that you need a bigger extension cord or to run it on a 20 amp circuit.

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Thanks for the additional info, Charles...

Sorry, gave you wrong impression...thinking of buying it...dont have it now.

The motor overheating and tripping comments go back to 2009 through 2014...but did not see any recent remarks...wondered if anything was said...

Im likely to get it thinking, like you, that the motor might need a bigger circuit...

Thanks again for the additional info...
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I plug the Ridgid directly into the wall outlet, which also happens to be new wiring and is a short run from the panel. Perhaps that helps. I have run it for up to about an hour at a time. You sure need to have good earmuffs on!

No overheating issues thus far.

Today at Home Depot in Kamloops the planer was $399 CDN, which is quite a bit less than $369 US. I got mine for $299 CDN from H.D. about 8 months back on special.

KMS Tools has the DW735 on this month for $629.95, or $619.95 on the three day special - March 10, 11 & 12. (No, I don't work for them!)

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There seem to be a large number of negative reviews on" Home depot.ca" for the ridgid planer but I don't think that you can base your purchase on these because there are just as many good ones.
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if the pluses and minuses run about equal wouldn't you want a tool that has only a few complaints and not many...
the positives are on new machines and the negatives are on machines that have been in service for a while...
no point in having a love/hate relationship w/ any tool...

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