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13 in. Thickness Planer With 3-Blade Cutterhead


13 in. Thickness Planer With 3-Blade Cutterhead


The RIDGID 13 in. Corded Planer has a 120-Volt, 15 Amp motor that delivers 9000 RPM for maximum power and continuous operation. It features a 3-blade cutter head with quick-changing, dual-edge blades that are reversible and self-aligning for a smooth surface with minimal blemishes. The multiple depth features help you achieve your desired depth, and the 13 in. wide feed capacity is great for planing large stock.

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  • Lifetime Service Agreement - This tool is backed by the industry’s only lifetime service agreement, simply register within 90 days of purchase for free parts, free service for life.
  • 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  Buy Now
13 in. Thickness Planer With 3-Blade Cutterhead is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 22.
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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nothing but problems Bought this planer to replace an older ryobi. At first I thought this thing was the greatest thing ever, until I tried running maple in it and blew the motor only taking 1/32 at a time. I sent it out per the warranty to get fixed no problems there. When I got it back I put brand new blades in it and started planning some soft pine, after about five passes noticed that it was feeding harder and I had to reduce how much I was taking off. After a while I decided that the blades were getting dull and was going to flip them. When flipping the blades one the screws stripped out and I was unable to flip the blades. Decided that the best way to get the stripped screw out was to drill it out. After that I am now replacing the head with a helicale head and saying good bye to the three blade system. Also finding that working on this planer while switching the head is very difficult. Had to order a new pulley and bearing stay bracket because the nut that holds the pulley on is completely stuck and will not come loose. If I hadn't bought the helicale head for this planer the whole thing would be going in the trash because that's what it is. DO NOT BUY THIS PLANER!!!!!
Date published: 2019-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The ridgid 13in thickness planer This beast of a machine is capable of handling anything thrown in its path. This planer is reliably durable and powerful. It comes with razor sharp blades that leave an incredible surface-finish. This planer leaves a great finish and very minimal snipe on boards when run through. Over all, this planer is definitely worth the purchase. I highly recommend this product to anybody interested in purchasing a planer at an affordable price. In addition, at around 74 lbs it is easily mobile if need be.
Date published: 2018-07-10
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
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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
By the DeWalt. Spend the extra money it's worth it.
Answered by: Timmay
Date published: 2019-09-17

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

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

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
The head carriage is probably crooked you can adjust it by taking the chain off the bottom and leveling it by hand. There is no way to adjust just the cutter head.
Answered by: Timmay
Date published: 2019-09-17

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
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