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Forum topic by Absolution posted 12-19-2016 02:49 AM 3198 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Absolution

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12-19-2016 02:49 AM

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Hi all,

I seem to be giving my 12.5” Dewalt lunchbox planer too much work and I’ve been looking to upgrade. In my research I came across the Grizzly G0815 15” benchtop planer for around $1000 shipped. Here’s the link: http://www.grizzly.com/products/15-Heavy-Duty-Planer/G0815?utmcampaign=zPage&utmsource=grizzly.com

This caught my eye because of the reasonable price and small footprint given that my shop is kinda small. Have any of you had experience with this? Reviews are scarce since it’s a newer model for Grizzly. Do you have any recommendations on similar planers that might be a better deal or more tried and true?

Thanks!


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wuddoc

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#1 posted 12-19-2016 06:53 AM

Check on web & YouTube the Rockwell RC-33, Rockwell Invicta 22-650, and Delta 22-660 as the Grizzly G0815 looks like an update. Those planers were around for some time.

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#2 posted 12-19-2016 08:18 AM

+1

That thing does look remarkably similar…

Delta RC-33:

Grizzly

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#3 posted 12-19-2016 08:18 AM

Rockwell RC-33 is also what I highly recommend!
Been using it for quite sometime, and I am satisfied it!

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#4 posted 12-19-2016 12:40 PM

Calling that a benchtop is a bit of a stretch. Probably weighs well north of 300#.

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RogR

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#5 posted 12-19-2016 01:15 PM

At 340lbs you better eat your wheaties before scooting this over to the side. I would go the extra $225 for the 453 and be done with it. Good table extensions and more importantly, ease of moving the dang thing around. If you have a small shop, you will want to be able to poke it into a corner when you move past the surfacing phase of your project. Otherwise, the GO790 is the benchtop solution – at least it has top rollers for convenience.

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eflanders

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#6 posted 12-19-2016 03:01 PM

I have to admit I was somewhat interested in the same planer until I saw that there wasn’t a helical head option. Likes: The head moves down to cut vs. the table, making in feed and out feed tables consistent heights throughout the planing process. Dislikes: No helical head option. No return rollers. No reviews. Small table which inviteshould sniping issues.

Interestingly I’m looking to replace my Rockwell 13 as my (lunchbox) Steel City planer did a better job but was very noisy and ran on 120 volt.

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HorizontalMike

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#7 posted 12-19-2016 04:01 PM

Boy! I was looking at that Grizzly as well. But at nearly 400lb, I don’t think so… And I don’t think my planer table on wheels could handle that kind of weight. In the mean time I just recently fixed my lunchbox planer (bad switch) and all is well with the world again. ;-)

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StevenWoodward

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#8 posted 08-23-2020 12:26 AM

RC-33 weighs 260 pounds. It is a great small planer and can be upgraded with a Byrd Shelix head which makes it a state of the art planer – nothing better on the market today.

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#9 posted 08-23-2020 12:57 AM

We purchased a G0891 for the benefit of the fixed table. It’s more expensive than a G0815 but does have a helical head.

The initial impression is favorable. The helical head seems to have more tearout than the helical head on our older, used planer (supposedly has a Byrd head) but also seems to have a smoother cut overall. Tearout is much more noticeable cutting at 28fpm instead of 16fpm.

The lack of a height lock is weird but so far, it seems to hold the height setting. We attached an iGaging readout to it and haven’t seen it move while planing yet.

The bed has no rollers (reduces snipe) which I prefer but it does need to be kept waxed to avoid sticking.

Years ago I worked for a company that had Grizzly’s older version of the “portable” G0815. It was kept on a roller stand so it could be moved but not any easier than any other planer on a roller stand. Nobody wanted to pick it up to move it due to the weight.

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#10 posted 08-23-2020 06:08 PM

This one is coming back from 2016…..

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