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Ridgid R4331 vs DeWalt DW734: Which Benchtop Planners are Better?

For a Wood lover, buying ready-made planks may feel like cheating. There is something incredibly satisfying about taking a rough piece of wood and creating a perfectly smooth plank ready for your project. That being said, for the perfectionist, a benchtop planner is going to get the right result.

We are going to compare two benchtop planers from different brands, the Ridgid R4331 vs DeWalt DW734. We will look at their cutting abilities, their accuracy and value for money. You will be able to find a comparison chart for a quick review as well as some pros and cons of each benchtop planer.

Ridgid R4331 vs DeWalt DW734

There are a few similarities between the Ridgid R4331 and the DeWalt DW734. We will start with these.

Ridgid R4331 vs DeWalt DW734 – Similarities

Quick Glance

There are lots of specifications to consider, so the side-by-side chart below will help with a fair comparison.

Name
Ridgid 27263 Planer, R4331 3 Blade, 13"
Our Pick
DEWALT Benchtop Planer, Single Speed, 15-Amp, 12-1/2-Inch (DW734)
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Ridgid 27263 Planer, R4331 3 Blade, 13"
DEWALT Benchtop Planer, Single Speed, 15-Amp, 12-1/2-Inch (DW734)
Size
Not stated
24 x 17 x 21 inches
Weight
73lbs
80lbs
Motor
15amp
15amp 20000 RPM
Cutter Head
3-knife cutter head with 9000RPM speed/96 cuts per inch
3-knife cutter head with 10000 RPM/96 cuts per inch
Reversible Knives
Planning Height
Up to 6 1/8”
1/8”- 6”
Planning Width
Crank handle
12 ½”
Making Adjustments
Extra-long
Crank handle
Infeed/Outfeed Table
Sure-Cut carriage lock
Extra-long 33 ½ inch support
Carriage Lock
Sure-Cut carriage lock
4-column
Material Removal Gauge
Not stated
Dust Removal System
Warranty
3-year limited warranty, 90-day money-back guarantee
3-year limited warranty, 1-year free service, 90-day money-back guarantee
Prime status
-
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Name
Ridgid 27263 Planer, R4331 3 Blade, 13"
Image
Ridgid 27263 Planer, R4331 3 Blade, 13"
Size
Not stated
Weight
73lbs
Motor
15amp
Cutter Head
3-knife cutter head with 9000RPM speed/96 cuts per inch
Reversible Knives
Planning Height
Up to 6 1/8”
Planning Width
Crank handle
Making Adjustments
Extra-long
Infeed/Outfeed Table
Sure-Cut carriage lock
Carriage Lock
Sure-Cut carriage lock
Material Removal Gauge
Not stated
Dust Removal System
Warranty
3-year limited warranty, 90-day money-back guarantee
Prime status
-
Our Pick
Name
DEWALT Benchtop Planer, Single Speed, 15-Amp, 12-1/2-Inch (DW734)
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DEWALT Benchtop Planer, Single Speed, 15-Amp, 12-1/2-Inch (DW734)
Size
24 x 17 x 21 inches
Weight
80lbs
Motor
15amp 20000 RPM
Cutter Head
3-knife cutter head with 10000 RPM/96 cuts per inch
Reversible Knives
Planning Height
1/8”- 6”
Planning Width
12 ½”
Making Adjustments
Crank handle
Infeed/Outfeed Table
Extra-long 33 ½ inch support
Carriage Lock
4-column
Material Removal Gauge
Dust Removal System
Warranty
3-year limited warranty, 1-year free service, 90-day money-back guarantee
Prime status
-

Reversible Knives

Both the Ridgid R4331 and the DeWalt DW734 have a 3-knife cutter head system. These knives are reversible for longer use and you save having to buy extra blades.

Making Adjustments

To adjust the benchtop planers so that they cut the exact size you need, the Ridgid R4331 and the DeWalt DW734 have crank handles.

Infeed/Outfeed Tables

Each benchtop planer has an infeed and outfeed table which are foldable for better storage. The Ridgid R4331 and the DeWalt DW734 have extra-long infeed and outfeed tables but the DeWalt DW734 lists the tables as providing 33 1/5 inches of support.

Dust Removal System

With the dust removal system, you can attach the Ridgid R4331 and the DeWalt DW734 to a hose for a cleaner workspace.

There are still plenty of differences between the Ridgid R4331 and the DeWalt DW734, so we will move on to these now.

Differences Between Ridgid R4331 and DeWalt DW734

Appearance

The only similarity in their appearance is the fact that they are benchtop planers.

Ridgid R4331 comparison

Ridgid R4331

This is an orange and black benchtop planer. The actual size isn’t in the product information we know it weighs 73 pounds.

DeWalt DW734

Most of this tool is the recognizable yellow of DeWalt. It is 24 x 17 x 21 inches with the tables folded. It is rather heavy at 80 pounds.

The Winner Is- A Tie

Motor/Power

Most benchtop planers have an average power rating of between 8 and 15 amps.

DEWALT Benchtop Planer, Single Speed

Ridgid R4331

This has a powerful 15amp motor. This allows for a cutter head speed of 9000 RPM and 96 cuts per inch.

DeWalt DW734

This too has a 15amp motor with 20000 RPM. The cutter head has a speed of 10000RPM and again, 96 cuts per inch.

The Winner Is- The DeWalt DW734

Planning Height and Width

Probably one of the most important features as you will want to make sure the planer can cut stock to your required size. This difference is literally half an inch.

DeWalt DW734 comparison

Ridgid R4331

The planning height is up to 6 1/8 inches. For the width, you can cut up to 13 inches. This benchtop planer has a nice feature called Repeat-A-Cut with 8 adjustable depth stops to repeat the same dimensions.

DeWalt DW734

You can cut from 1/8 of an inch to 6 inches in height and planks up to 12 ½ inches. Here you have a turret depth stop so you can also return to your favorite setting.

The Winner Is- The Ridgid R4331

Carriage Lock

The carriage lock is what keeps the wood firmly in place for both accuracy and also to prevent snipe at the ends of your planks.

DeWalt DW734 review

Ridgid R4331

The Sure-Cut carriage lock system from Ridgid allows for the wood to remain stable from start to finish.

DeWalt DW734

There is a 4-column carriage lock which makes a massive difference to the stability and reduced chance of snipe.

The Winner Is- The DeWalt DW734

Value for Money

The price of both of these benchtop planers is within the average range, however, towards the higher end. They do come with excellent warranties.

Ridgid R4331 review

Ridgid R4331

Some outlets offer this at a cheaper price but generally speaking, it is slightly more expensive. It comes with a 3-year limited warranty and a 90-day money-back guarantee.

DeWalt DW734

While the price is similar, you will receive a 3-year limited warranty, a 90-day money-back guarantee and also a 1-year free service.

The Winner Is- The DeWalt DW734

Pros and Cons

Before the final verdict, we have added some pros and cons of the Ridgid R4331 and the DeWalt DW734 to add to our decision.

Ridgid R4331

Ridgid R4331

Pros:

  • It’s good for a wide variety of different woods
  • Minimal snipe and smooth finishes
  • Very detailed manual for easy setup and maintenance

Cons:

  • There have been too many issues with quality control

DeWalt DW734

DeWalt DW734

Pros:

  • Superior cut quality and finish, even on hard, rough wood
  • Great infeed rollers
  • Surprisingly quiet with the dust vac set up

Cons:

  • You may have to make slight adjustments out of the box

The Final Verdict

There is a clear winner today and many people agree. The DeWalt DW734 is the better benchtop planner and even better than many others on the market today. It is solid, well-built and easy to use. There are just enough features to provide incredibly smooth, precise cuts but not so much going on that it becomes hard to use. It’s more reliable and even hard-working. The DeWalt DW734 is excellent value for money for a powerful tool and a safe investment for hobbyists and professionals.


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