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I have a Ridgid R4330 13" planer and a DeWalt DW733 12.5" planer and both would be a keeper if one could keep both. The Ridgid is in very good condition as is the DeWalt. I have had equally good experience with both names so it will be a hard choice to be sure. The main differences that I see is in the cutter head. The Ridgid is three blades and the DeWalt is two. The blades in the Ridgid are reversible and are extremely light weight as opposed to the DeWalt’s two very heavy duty blades that can be re-sharpened up to 7 times. (I have been told that you can replace them with carbide edge?)

I have the same amount of money in each, about 150.00 and I am fairly sure I can sell either for a 100.00+ profit. I have ordered the dust attachment for the DeWalt so that I will run it more than once and be able to evaluate it more.

I am just wondering about any experiences anyone has had with either planer.

BTW I still have the Wilton and will be selling it also.
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Hi Jerry

I have a DeWalt and have had no problems, I know nothing of the Ridgid other than I have not read anybody having problems. Things I try to look for is service and service centers this would be important to both if you found the one you keep was to break. I am sure both do a great job, "what if I needed it fixed" would be my interest.

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Hi Jerry:

You've heard me on this mantra before. There is a "class" of planer that everyone sells. You have it, in fact you have two examples of it. The give away is the depth of cut indicator on each. They are positioned identically. Did you buy the Ridgid new? If so, do you have the lifetime warranty? For me, that's the only qualifier for Ridgid over Dewalt. Take the 3 blade and get the carbide blades for it. The planer blades should be reversible and just drop in.

This is a picture of mine. It has a two speed transmission but it doesn't have the column lock to reduce snipe. Look at the location of the depth of cut indicator, the caps for the motor brushes and almost everything else. Now, look at both of yours and you'll see some of this, on yours. Mine has three reversible blades, two speeds.
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I was talking to a fellow wood worker the other day. And he had a very compelling reason to actually own and use two planers. Do most of your work on one planer, but leave one planer always set at 3/4". That way your always have a consistent 3/4" for all your lumber.
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I really like both planers, I will be getting the dost collector for the DeWalt today and will put it to work on current project. How often do you find the two speeds valuable?




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You've heard me on this mantra before. There is a "class" of planer that everyone sells. You have it, in fact you have two examples of it. The give away is the depth of cut indicator on each. They are positioned identically. Did you buy the Ridgid new? If so, do you have the lifetime warranty? For me, that's the only qualifier for Ridgid over Dewalt. Take the 3 blade and get the carbide blades for it. The planer blades should be reversible and just drop in.

This is a picture of mine. It has a two speed transmission but it doesn't have the column lock to reduce snipe. Look at the location of the depth of cut indicator, the caps for the motor brushes and almost everything else. Now, look at both of yours and you'll see some of this, on yours. Mine has three reversible blades, two speeds.

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I really like both planers, I will be getting the dost collector for the DeWalt today and will put it to work on current project. How often do you find the two speeds valuable?
The two speeds are 85 and 130 cuts per inch. I use the 85 for sizing softwoods and low grade projects. It's just faster. Hardwoods, production on a budget, I'll use 130 and run it through the sander a few times. Really fine finish, I'll use whatever works best to size the material and finish with a hand scraper.

The two speeds are very fragile. This is my second of this model. You cannot move the shifter without the machine running. The first was a demonstrator and it suffered much "hands on" seeing. I have the same transmission on my drill press. It works well, but, it too is very fragile. When I have someone in my shop, I remove the transmission handle from the drill press. It's that fragile.

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i have the 13" 2 blade ridgid Only difference between is a head lock down on ridgid and you can set it to come back to a certain thickness For me the ridgid is for me Been using it for a couple yrs and no problum I use it every day plain lot's of wood oak walnut cherry mahognay Just name a few Just toutch up the blades with 1000 grit and back in busisness I have 3 set's of knives only use 1 edge and sharpen it It keeps going

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I have run both and have concluded that they work well together so I shall keep both using te DeWALT as a rough planer and thr Ridgid as the finish planer. The DeWALT's blades can be resharpened and are easier to install, they are both faiely easy to change.

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Nice problem to have, Jerry!

I'm impressed at how well the Ridgid chip collection works, hopefully the dewalt hood will work as well.

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