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Ridgid recently updated their benchtop thickness planer line with a 3-cutter blade design. They say the triple-cutter design will mean smoother finishes on your work (read: less sanding). And the cutters are double edged, too, so you can flip them around and use the other edge to prolong the life of the blades.

Other cool features: it’s got 8 depth stops for repeatable results on multiple workpieces, on-board tool storage for blade changes, large adjustable infeed and outfeed tables, and it’s about 20 pounds lighter than its closest competitors — with a stronger motor, too.

It features a 120V 15A motor with overload protection, so you won’t burn it out accidentally. (On purpose is another matter entirely.) It also has an integrated dust hood panel, soft touch controls, and a side mounted depth adjustment handwheel. 

The cutting edges are indexed, so once you install them there’s no alignment necessary, and the planer uses a lead screw system so you don’t need to deal with some clunky cutter head locking mechanism to reliably set the thickness of the cut from side to side.

There’s also a gauge that measures the current thickness of a piece as it feeds in.  The eight “Repeat-A-Cut” depth stops are really cool. They’re calibrated to common thicknesses so you can just set to them and plane your wood to the same thickness — the right thickness — with the minimum of fuss, or trial and error.

Pricing is not yet available on the Home Depot site, but it’ll be around $350 to $380 considering the price of the outgoing model. It comes with a 3-Year warranty from Ridgid, but if you register the purchase on their site, you’ll get the Lifetime warranty. The kicker: Ridgid claims that replacement cutter heads are nearly half the price of many other competitors’ blades.

13” Thickness Planer with 3-blade Cutterheads [Ridgid]


5 Responses to Preview: Ridgid’s New Triple-Cutter 13” Planer

  1. l_bilyk says:

    Isn’t there a 3-blade planer on the market already?

  2. I_bilyk,

    There is, just not from Ridgid – the comparison of the “new” 3-blade cutter was with their older offerings.

    Sorry if that came across as it being something new to the marketplace.
    – Rick

  3. leonard says:

    i have a ridgit 14″ ? planer with 2 blades, can i purchase a tripple cutter head somewhere? leonard

  4. BC says:

    Try ridgidparts.com for a 3-cutter head. Maybe the new one will fit the old model.

  5. chasferr says:

    I purchase a display model Ridgid thickness planer model number r4330. It is a 3 blade cutter. Make sure that you check out your unit before firing it up. The manual says to disregard the saw dust as the factory pretests the units for precision. This mistakenly led me to believe that the unit was ready to go. Big mistake!! After running a board through once, then cranking it down once. The unit really, started straining. It then smacked the board down, leaving set screw marks and stopping the cutter head. It wouldn’t start up after that.
    I packaged it back up. Took it back to Home Depot, and they gracefully replaced the unit. I then took it back home, to start over. Only, this time, I checked out the unit from top to bottom, before starting it up again. I was startled to note that there was NO blades installed. So, what I previously did, was run the previous machine with NO blades. Wow!!
    I installed the blades on this unit. Started it up, ran the boards beautifully. So…. make sure that you check the units from top to bottom, so that there are no surprises. One more very important thing. Make sure that the shroud is properly attached before turning on your planer, or you will damage the cutter with the cutter stop, that pops into place with the shroud removed.

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