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Forum topic by nitehorse posted 04-05-2018 01:17 AM 838 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-05-2018 01:17 AM

I need to decide which planer to buy. The Grizzly G0453Z or the Shop Fox 1742S. Both have spiral cutters and they look almost identical. The 1742S has serrated steel infeed and knurled outfeed rollers which may or may not leave marks. I believe the G0453Z are both rubber over steel. The shop fox has a two year warranty. All else aside I can get the SF for about $115 lower but I certainly do not consider that a deal maker.
The SF is at my local hardware and the Grizzly still has to ship, which being pessimistic, may get damaged in transit might happen. My biggest concern is I have no knowledge of what to expect from the customer service at shop fox.


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#1 posted 04-05-2018 01:45 AM

I don’t think there is a “Shop Fox” company.
It’s a Grizzly badge sold through retailers.
I think Shop Fox tech support is the same
as Grizzly.

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#2 posted 04-05-2018 12:37 PM

Loren, your right the company is called Woodstock International.

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#3 posted 04-05-2018 01:51 PM

AVOID knurled out feed rollers unless you enjoy sanding off the knurled pattern it presses into the wood which takes forever. The first Grizzly 15 inch planer I purchased had a knurled out feed roller what a giant pain that was. I later purchased the Powermatic 15HH which had a smooth out feed roller and problem solved. Another problem with that knurled out fee roller, a wood shaving would get stuck on it and roll around putting a line of big wood chip dents in the wood (face palm)

ALSO the Grizzly brand spiral cutter is NOT the same as a Shelix. The Shelix is both spiral and a sheering cut geometry e.g. the blade inserts are angled. The Grizzly is only spiral with the blade inserts straight facing to the wood like an old style straight blade. Last time I checked the Grizzly carbide inserts were pretty expensive, more than Shelix. That said I was planning super highly figured maple which benefited from the Shelix. For average planning the Grizzly cutter head is probably fine.

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#4 posted 04-05-2018 02:58 PM

Thanks Darthford,
The Shop Fox specs say “knurled” so I pulled up a parts list to see if there was a rubber coated steel replacement roller. Son-of-a-gun SF had already replaced the knurled roller with the rubber. Can’t say I am willing to spring for a Shelix to replace a new spiral one. :(

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#5 posted 04-05-2018 04:58 PM

FWIW: I’ve had really good luck with Grizzly customer service. They seem to care about their products and reputation, and they make a solid machine. Being as they both are made by same company, get the one that suits your needs the best!

-- Pete

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#6 posted 04-05-2018 06:07 PM

Shop Fox = Grizzly.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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#7 posted 04-05-2018 09:42 PM

So it’s the Grizzly G0453Z

Thanks to all

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