The Ridgid R4330 is a thickness planer that has the ability to plane wood that is up to around 13 inches in thickness. It features a three blade cutting head that is designed to do what planers are designed to do, leave your wood smooth and free from blemishes. These blades are also double edged with self aligning and indexing capabilities that are intentioned to help make them last longer.
If you’re looking for an average type of planer, then this Ridgid might be the one you’re looking for as user reviews typically range around that: average.
The overriding consensus is that the product does what it says it’s going to do, however, if you wind up purchasing one that is a bid older with the 2 blades as opposed to the 3 blades you may find it only useful for ‘once in awhile’ use. It seems, depending on the wood you’re using, the two blade model has a tendency to leave a few chips here and there. Not always, but sometimes, which is why it’s only recommended for use here and there.
This isn’t the only complaint either, the typical Ridgid R4330 Planer Review has something negative to say about it. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always seem to be the same thing that users have some issue with.
Another common and particularly annoying issue is the fact that the blade change process is more of a pain in the behind than what the official product design had intended. The design and description make it seem like it should be fairly easy to change blades, however, they went to allen head round top bolts to hold the blades in place. The heads of these bolts seem to strip much easier than the older hex head bolts and as a result, make it nearly impossible to get the bolt out without bringing in to someone or getting crazy with a drill.
Some users even claim that it’s much easier to change the cutterhead than it is to get the blades out. In fact, there are people who claim they absolutely love their planer but when it comes to changing the blades it’s so difficult and irritating that their Ridgid R4330 Planer Review even states that once their blades get to a point of needing changing or removing they are in the habit of simply changing the cutterhead.
Then again, some folks buy the planer and seem to have absolutely no problems with it. This is true with both experienced daily users and also weekend or part time users as well. Deciding to buy one might simply be only because you can get a decent price on it or if you’ve actually used or seen one in use and you’re comfortable making the purchase.
Ridgid R4330 Planer Review
Ridgid R4330 Planer
Motor: 120 V, AC only, 15 Amps, No Load
Speed: 10,000 r/min. (RPM) 30,000 CPM
Cuts per Inch: 96 CPI
Feed Rate: 26 FPM
Capacity: 13 in. and 6 in.
Maximum Depth of Cut: 1/8 in.
Weight: 73 lbs.
Includes R4330 thickness planer, hex key, magnetic blade tool, blade/tool storage, depth adjustment handwheel and knob, dust hood, dust hood knobs (2), and operator’s manual.
Currently the Ridgid r4330 isn’t available on Amazon, however, if you’re looking to read some actual user reviews it’s still a really good resource…who knows, maybe by the time you read this, it will be available again. Simply follow this link: Ridgid R4330 Planer