I finally have my hands on a Kaden 744c and pulled out all my other 4 power casting rods to compare.
Let us start with the Champ 734c, The Original 734 power that was designed for spooks. Well it became the most versatile rod in the line-up and gained a huge popularity.
Ok what I love about this rod is it can go from a moving bait to a bottom contact rod and still do most techniques well and that has been built into most of the other 4 power models. The DC734c is a sensitive rod with good backbone but also a very nice tip action for casting and keeping fish pinned.
I use this rod mainly now as a buzzbait, toad, and t-rig rod.
Now how does the SA734c compare to it, well the Sierra is a little slower action " barely noticable", lending it to be a better moving bait rod and a skipping rod. This rod has become my spinnerbait and weightless senko rod.
The KD744c is as close to the DC734c as can be with just a hint more tip action. This may become my go to rattle trap rod along with a back up t-rig rod. I was shocked with how light it is for a mid level priced rod. I will add to this as my real time use continues.
Now the DC744c is not even in the same category as the rest of these 4 powers. It is the designed jig special rod. And that it should be used for as the power is more than a standard 4 power casting rod. The tip action is super fast. It was designed to set heavy hooks into big fish mouths. I use it for jigs from 1/4 to 3/4 ounce and it works equally well with the whole range. This rod was not meant to throw any moving baits although it did work ok for some swimbaits but not ideal. When considering a 4 power rod this should be left out of the conversation as it is not a true 4 power. I put it in this as this question comes up repeatedly.
Now if I was was looking for a 4 power casting rod for:
Jigs and t-rigs DC734c 2nd KD744c
Spinnerbaits SA734c 2nd KD744c
Spooks KD744c 2nd DC734c
Senkos weightless SA734c 2nd KD744c
Rattlebaits KD744c 2nd SA734c
Buzzbaits KD744c 2nd DC734c
Small swimbaits SA734c 2nd KD744c
Chatterbaits KD744c 2nd Dc734c
Now the KD744c beat out the DC734c only for the price point most of the time. Except where I thought the extra inch may help in longer casts like the spook and buzzbait.
The KD744c is very close to the DC734c in many ways. The sensitivity is close, the power is the same, and the action is the same. The extra inch has me intrigued for the moving baits.
This is just my experience and opinion with these three 4 power casting rods. If you had just these three rods there is very little you could throw not well.
Now the Extreme and Xtasy 4 powers are a lot more sensitive. But for a lot more money.
I have no experience with the Colt and Fury to compare.