15" spiral planer setup

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Forum topic by nitehorse posted 08-25-2018 01:38 AM 785 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-25-2018 01:38 AM

I am getting close to finally getting my G0453Z out of the crate. Never used a planer. Will I need any special tools for setup? From what I read a rotacator would be used on a standard blade planer but I am not sure about a spiral. Would a digital readout like a Wixey WR550 be a good investment?
PS If anyone recognizes me from previous posts here is what transpired. The wife conceded to an addition to the garage. So I now have a 14×22 pole barn type shop. I still have to insulate, no electric yet but that’s easy. Trying to figure out machinery placement will be interesting.

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#1 posted 08-26-2018 03:19 AM

Congrats on your new shop and new planer. When I got my GO453Z home, I simply uncrated it, cleaned all the goop off, added my own power cord/plug and it was pretty much good to go.
I didn’t add a digital readout, I just keep a square or caliper nearby.

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#2 posted 08-26-2018 03:26 AM

I found the manual well written, and pretty easy to follow, which is the biggest best change from old Chinese tools.

On this page look at how to set up a planer.

The top few on this page are specific to your Planer

The guy “Unemployed Redneck Hillbilly” will take you on his journey as he got the delivery, through fixing a few issues he had with his. I got mine a few years after, and Griz had made some changes from what he had issues with. The biggest being my feed rollers are nothing like his were, mine are rubber covered, and they grasp the wood up, and move it right along. All I can say is mine went together easily considering the weight, and it does exactly what I bought it for. Really happy owner.

From my viewpoint I had mechanics tools, simple wrenches and screwdrivers were mostly what I needed. They supply some Allen wrenches, but I had some of the same sizes, which were beefier, and or handled, and I used mine. I think the only thing I didn’t have was I had to stop and get some gear grease, and a 10 dollar part at HF, see below. Mine had O grease in it, so you won’t want to skip that step, plus it’s routine annual maintenance, after a change out at 20 hours use.

HF Grease gear oil fluid pump. It allowed me to put in the 90 weight I had picked up easily.

Enjoy it.

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#3 posted 08-26-2018 11:31 AM

I don’t have that particular planer…but I do have a Wixey DRO on mine. It is not a necessity by no means, but I think it is a nice addition, especially for the money. Once set up, you can very quickly make some more boards the exact same thickness if you need them after the fact. I typically try to figure out how many boards I am going to need for a project, then get out my wood from the pile and make it flat and square on four sides. It is not unusual for me to always need one more board, sometimes two before I get the thing done. That little gauge sure makes it quick and easy to hit the thickness dead on. If I have a random pile of rough cut boards and just need to make them all right around say 3/4” I probably wont even turn it on, but again, when you have to go back and get wood the same thickness as previously planed boards it cannot be beat.

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#4 posted 08-26-2018 10:36 PM

Thank you all. Nice to have this knowledge available to a beginner.

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#5 posted 08-30-2018 06:06 AM

That resembles a soon to be shop space :-)

It’s exciting right….

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#6 posted 08-31-2018 03:53 PM

Exciting! Yes. Work you bet. $$ yup.

Does anyone have first hand experience on insulation this type of structure? I was planning on putting one inch foil faced foam boards on the sides, foil to the inside. That garage door is 6’ wide by 8’ high. Those rafter cross ties are almost 12ft high so I will put a ceiling up at about 9’. However, another question. The ceiling joists will span 14ft. Will 2×8 on 24” centers work providing I don’t put too much stuff on them?
BTW shop is 14×22

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