Ridgid 13" Benchtop Planer #R4330

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.5
out of 5
Brand:
Ridgid
Model:
R4330
Price:
$370

Description

Motor: 120 V, AC only, 15 Amps
No Load Speed: 10,000 RPM, 30,000 CPM
Cuts per Inch: 96 CPI
Feed Rate: 26 FPM
Capacity: 13" and 6"
Maximum Depth of Cut: 1/8"
Weight: 73 lbs.

WOOD magazine review

Great planer for the money

Review Summary

High Points: ↑ Three-knife cutterhead produced cut quality just slightly below the leaders of the 11 planers tested. ↑ Auto-locking cutterhead and magnetic tool make knife changes easy. ↑ It comes with a 3-year warranty. ↑ The dust hood includes 2-1/2" and 4" ports, and has a flip-open exhaust if you don’t use a dust collector. ↑ An extra set of knives can be stored on the planer. ↑ Depth-of-cut gauge and thickness scale are accurate and easy to use.
Low Points: ↓ This unit bogged down slightly in our power test, although its cut quality was not affected. More Points: → After slight adjustments, the preset thickness stops proved accurate.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Reader Reviews

Solid Performer

Review Summary

Solid performer. Leaves a nice finish with very little snipe, but i go though blade pretty quickly If I were to make the purchase again I would by he Steel City version (who make all the planers for Ridgid and Ryobi). I am thinking about upgrading the cutter head to the Accu-Head with the helical cutters.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Chips Galore

Review Summary

I wore out a Ridgid TP1300 planer and was so impressed with the machine I purchased the new R4330 without much thought or comparison shopping. The R4330 gives a beautiful cut with little snipe but it is terrible on dust collection. If I run a narrow board through on the left side of the machine it spits at least 30% of the chips right back at me through the inlet. My pockets fill with chips and that irritates my wife.
I have connected the same strong shop vacuum that worked well on the TP 1300 but does not function as well on the R4330. Ridgid Tech support gave me the equivalent of a silent shoulder shrug.Late edit. Ridgid has released a new R4331 model that features a whole new dust hood with augmented dust collection features. Now no dust, the same great cut, and little or no snipe. I am a happy planer. all 5's

Detailed Ratings

3.8
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

2

Ease of Use

5

Value

4

leef

Review Summary

I dont know if i have the one pictured but i bought one several years ago and it has lasted and worked very well...recently ran lots of pine and got pitch on the rollers but that is standard for any tool cutting pine...if it ever quits i'll probably buy another one if they are still as good in reviews as mine has been..

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Great for the home woodworker

Review Summary

The original blades wore out quickly, the second set has lasted twice as long. I have run pine through this machine to 3/8" thickness and the sap gets all over the feed rollers so I am constantly cleaning them off. Does have enough power when running oak and other hardwoods into the machine.I just take thinner cuts.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Good Planer at a Fair Price

Review Summary

The R4330 is the third portable planer I've owned, and follows the Delta 22-560 and Delta 22-580. I've liked different features about each one, but don't find any of them to be outstanding in all aspects. The R4330 features a 3-blade cutterhead and a 4-threaded post design, which supposedly negates the need for a manually engaged cutterhead lock.
While I've found that the 4-post design does indeed reduce snipe, it doesn't appear to be as effective as an actual cutterhead lock. Apparantly others feel the same way because the updated R4331 now sports a cutterhead lock. With fresh knives the R4330 leaves an impressive surface, but as with any portable planer with thin disposable knives, they will inevitably get nicked and leave minor ridges. For that reason I don't consider a planer to be a finishing tool. As others have mentioned, dust collection has not been stellar on my R4330. I also noted that the R4330's motor labors more than either of my Delta planers did. All 3 of these planers feature a 15 amp universal motor, so I'd guess that the R4330 is geared differently than my Delta planers were. Even though I have a few mis-givings about the R4330, I do find it to be a good machine overall. The thickness gauge works nicely, it does a good with the needs of a small shop, and is priced competively for a portable planer with it's features.

Detailed Ratings

3.8
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

3

Ease of Use

4

Value

4

smooth finish

Review Summary

Great planer. Smooth finish, almost didn't need to sand after. Don't have a dust collector, but my Ridgid 12 gallon blower/vac is the perfect companion for the planer. And now that I have the Oneida Dust Deputy between them, the vac see's very little chips or dust from the planer.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Good Lunchbox Planer

Review Summary

I have had this planer for about two years and it has been pushed to the limits. It has some flaws, such as the thickness gauge is a bit deceiving and the blades nick easily, but it does work well. It gives a smooth finish as long as the blades are not nicked. Snipe can be eliminated as long as the is a infeed and outfeed board.

Detailed Ratings

4.5
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

5

Ease of Use

4

Value

5

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