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I am looking to buy a planer for my shop and don't have a ton of money to spend. Just looking for some recent feedback as to which you think is better or any feedback would be appreciated

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I have the Dewalt 734, not the 735, but I love it.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Trust me, buy the Dewalt. Buy the package with the in/outfeed tables and extra blades.

I originally bought the Ridgid R4331, and the first one worked for 19 days before it started eating itself inside. Took it back, got a new one, and the fan on the replacement started destroying itself before I even finished 2 boards. This was not abusing the machines at all. I don't take any more than 1/16" off at a time, and usually it's only about 1/32".
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I have the 735. Great machine. Better when kept clean. I blow mine out before every use. Just don't take lots of material off at a time. It will bog down. Plus it would be a good idea to get a good dust collector to go with it. I destroyed my shop vac by hooking the planer to it. The blower motor in the planer is very powerful.
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Another vote for the Dewalt.

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I have the Dewalt 734, not the 735, but I love it.
+1 I couldn't be happier with my 734. A 735 would be an upgrade to mine so it's probably better or more convenient in some way.
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In this head to head the Dewalt wins hands down.
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Plus one Dewalt. I have a 734 and love it but I understand the 735 is even better.

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I have the 735 and its a good planer. Only complaint I have which seems to be common from reading other reviews is that the knives dull easily. After planing only about 30 bd ft of poplar the knives already have a few nicks in them. The knives on my old Ryobi planer held up better... But with aftermarket knives it is a great machine. Also.. I agree with the other poster - get a dust collector if you don't already have one - this thing kicks out a lot of dust & chips.

My only other complaint about the 735 was a week after I got mine it was on sale for $75 less and included a free Dewalt stand with mobile base...
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It's like comparing apples and oranges, buy the DeWalt.

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I have the ridgid, and the sheet metal lower table has too much flex. I haven't been able to get it to not snipe the ends of the boards. If I had it to do over, I would definitely get the dewalt over the ridgid.
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I have the ridgid, and the sheet metal lower table has too much flex. I haven't been able to get it to not snipe the ends of the boards. If I had it to do over, I would definitely get the dewalt over the ridgid.
+1 The rigid snipes like crazy no matter what you do, and the lousy ribbon-thin carbide blades make for LOTS of grain tear-out on the harder stuff, even when working in 1/64" increments.

I'm looking at buying a DeWalt myself. The 1/8" HSS knives alone make it a way better planer.
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I have the Dewalt 734 and it works fine. It includes the infeed and outfeed tables already and has plenty of power for nearly $200 less than the 735. I dont take deep cuts and it produces very smooth results. A dust collector is a must to have with a planer. My recommendation go with the Dewalt 734 and spend the difference on a dust collector. 735 is a 13" machine, 734 is a 12 1/2"machine. Unless you plan on using it alot for wide stock you will hardly notice any difference. I found an online price for my 734 at $330 and took it to Lowes and they matched it plus tax.
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I also have the 734 and it has worked great for me. It comes with a dust port. I hooked up my shop vac with the Dust thingie (forgot) so the shavings go into a bucket instead of the vac.
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I bought my 734 off Craigslist list without a dust port. The first time I used it u realized how important a dust port is for a planer.

I was dreading the extra expense but checked with my local Dewalt repair shop and it was less than $20.00
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No Question get the DeWalt
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Within the past year, the R4331 replaced the R4330, which is the one I have. Be sure not to confuse the two different models. I like the R4330, but don't love it. The 4-post screw design is supposed to negate the need for a cutterhead, but I wasn't convinced that it was as effective as a cutterhead lock. The fact that the R4331 has a traditional mechanical cutterhead lock tells me I wasn't alone in my opinion. Also, DC wasn't great. No significant issues with snipe or tables flexing, no problems with the blades, etc....AFAIK, the 735 also has dual side disposable blades. If the R4331 is the same as the R4330 with the addition of a cutterhead lock and chip blower, it could be a heck of a buy for over $200 less than the 735, plus has the Lifetime Service Agreeement. No doubt the 735 is a nice machine, but it's 50% more expensive too.

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Hands down I'd buy the 735 again.....I love it and it works great.

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+1 The rigid snipes like crazy no matter what you do, and the lousy ribbon-thin carbide blades make for LOTS of grain tear-out on the harder stuff, even when working in 1/64" increments.

I'm looking at buying a DeWalt myself. The 1/8" HSS knives alone make it a way better planer.
I have the Ridgid tp1300 planer with bed lock and no snip at all . I don't know about the new one's but this one will work and do a good job i bought this one yrs back and never a problum, i have the delta vac system and it will keep chips away. I would buy another tp1300 again. I sharpen my own blades and have good luck with that also. good luck
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You're comparing a $320 planer to a $650 dollar one. Of course the Dewalt is going to get the nod. A fairer comparison would be the R4331 to the 734.
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