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  • Three-Blade Cutterhead - leaves a smooth, blemish free surface to make final finishing easier
  • Dual-Edge, Quick Change Blades - self-indexing blades are self-aligning and reversible for extended life
  • Chip Impeller Dust Removal System - effectively pulls wood chips form the workplace for improved cuts and a cleaner work- area
  • Sure-Cut™ Carriage Lock - locks cutterhead to help minimize snipe at the end of the workpiece
  • Large Infeed/Outfeed Table Extensions - provides extra workpiece support to help eliminate snipe
  • 120 V / 15 Amp Motor with Overload Protection - maximum power for continuous operation
  • Steel Top with Glides - extra wide area to easily stage material for the next cut
  • Depth Adjustment Handwheel - eay-to-reach side-mounted handwheel keeps top of planer free to stage material
  • Sof-Touch™ Controls - improve comfort and grip
  • Ind-I-Cut™ Depth Gauge - instantly measures cutting depth before each pass
  • Repeat-A-Cut™ Depth Stops - eight adjustable depth stops to precisely plane multiple workpieces to consistent desired thickness for repetitive tasks


Motor 120 V, AC only, 15 Amps
No Load Speed 9,000 r/min. (RPM) 27,000 CPM
Cuts per Inch 96 CPI
Feed Rate 23.5 FPM
Capacity (W x H) 13 in. and 6-1/8 in.
Maximum Depth of Cut 1/8 in.
Weight 73 lbs.

Ordering Information

Catalog Number Model No. Description
27263 R4331  13 Inch Thickness Planer 
13 in. Thickness Planer With 3-Blade Cutterhead is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 20.
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Rated 3 out of 5 by from The planner over all is great, The allen wrench to remove blade screws is very low qualit. The screws are hardened and the wrench is soft metal. the w Removing blades with the Ridgid tool they provide is impossible.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Blew up after 5 uses In all fairness, allow me to preface these comments by saying I believe the planer I purchased was a defective returned item that HD put back on the shelf, and I, of course, ended up with it. Anyway, the motor shaft shot out of the end of the unit after 5 uses over a 3 month time period. It ended up in the landfill along with my $350 ($380 if you include the $30 I spent on an extra set of blades). I will say, however, the planer did give good results the previous 4 times I used it, other than noticable snipe that all planers produce.
Date published: 2016-07-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great, until it stops working I really liked this machine for awhile - I'm a light user (1-2x month, minimal lineal feet) and it was a smooth machine for a little over a year. Very smooth cuts, very minimal snipe, excellent value. Then I helped my son with his BSA Eagle Scout project and had to plane 320 lineal feet of pine to remove 1/4" total thickness. I put in new blades, waxed the tables and started planing... taking off 1/32" (1/2 crank) per pass. Probably could have taken off more (it's pine), but wasn't in a hurry. Roughly halfway though the task, the rollers stop feeding. Blade spins freely, but rollers don't move and machine makes abnormal noise coming from the left side. I start researching and find out that the nearest service center is 3 hrs away (not good). Research some more, find a parts list/diagram and pull the left side of the housing off to investigate. I'm hoping that I'm going to find a bad sprocket spinning against the chain (sprocket is a $7 part). Nope... gearbox is mush -- shattered teeth all over the main gear. Unfortunately, the gearbox is a $100 part. So I either ship the machine to the service center and delay the project for 6+ weeks (average turnaround time), or pony up the $100 and switch the gearbox out myself. There is probably less than 20 hrs of usage time on this machine and the gearbox is fried? Really? I know this is a DIYer quality machine, but that's ridiculous.
Date published: 2016-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great tool I used this planer to plane down a rough cut 6' 4"x4". I was worried at first I might need to help it feed through, but this planer pulled it through without any struggle. The rough cut lumber came out very smooth. It has been great for me and seems to be well constructed. I think this machine will last me a long time.
Date published: 2015-02-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great price, but you get what you pay for. First unit, picked up in mid November, lasted less than a week. Sounded as if the bearings were failing, or something was misaligned. I had already started the project, so time was of the essence. Swapped it in for #2. It lasted a while longer, but did not seem to cut at the same speed. Bogged down on pine. Attributed to dull blades. Today, the lift mechanism failed. Seems the set screws backed out and were lost. Unit #3 was picked-up this morning. It has a defective cutting head. The boards are scored as they pass through the unit. #3 cuts better than the other two by far, but I can't have this line in the middle of the work. #4 tonight.
Date published: 2015-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Results, Good Features, Reliable This was my first RIDGID bench power tool. I've not only used it, but I've had it in commercial use as well. We planed a huge stack of lumber that was used to create a custom ceiling in an outdoor entertaining area. The result was shown to a local celebrity for ideas! None of the local millwork shops could make the turnaround time so we did it ourselves. It went through 20+ sets of planer blades (flipped!) without any operational issues. If the wood had been better de-nailed the number of blades might have been lower. I liked this tool so much that I bought the table saw and several other RIDGID items. This planer kicks the pants off the Dewalt planer.
Date published: 2015-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to use and setup. Many useable features. The older models the thickness dial tends to wonder with an extra thick cut or when the blades get a bit dull. You want the newest model with the thickness dial lock.
Date published: 2014-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lots of features and performance at good price This is a great planner with all the features a wood worker needs. It handles wide stock and has good power. It is easy to use and set up. It makes accurate cuts and is a good value for the money. With this planner you can save a lot of money by buying S2S and S3S lumber and planning it yourself.
Date published: 2014-11-28
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my feeder quit working

Asked by: loren
I had an issue about a month after I got my planer. I was using my shop vac for dust collection and didn't realize it got full which causing the chips to back up in the planer and the wood got stuck and started smoking. I shut it off before any damage occurred but then I found the feed rollers were not turning anymore. before taking it in I decided to investigate a little. if you raise the cutter head (make sure to unplug the machine first) from the back look to the left side and there is a belt that drives the rollers. All I had to do was work the belt back on the gear and it fixed my problem. haven't had any issues since.
Answered by: michaelnaquin
Date published: 2017-09-06

When is this coming back in stock

I can't decide between the R4331 and the DW734. I am leaning towards the DeWalt planer, because the Rigid planer isn't in stock anywhere. When will it be back in stock?
Asked by: ebuild400
Go with the DeWalt 735. Best on the market.
Answered by: Short
Date published: 2017-09-22

is there a stand available for the 13" thickness planer

Asked by: exbanker
Thank you for your interest in RIDGID. RIDGID currently does not offer or market and optional stand for use with the R4331 13” surface planer. Regards, RIDGID
Answered by: RIDGIDtools
Date published: 2017-09-06

Why does the breaker trip when I turn on the machine?

My guys were using my planer and now when I turn on the machine it immediately trips the breaker. I have tried multiple circuits with no luck.
Asked by: Mason

Is it possible to adjust the cutting head? Mine is cutting very slightly more on the right side (side with the height adjustment handle and exhaust)

Asked by: TElliott
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