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Forum topic by Johndeere630 posted 09-16-2018 03:22 PM 914 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-16-2018 03:22 PM

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This is my first time posting so bear with me. I’m a young woodworker that just started my own shop a few years ago in norther PA.I purchased a lightly used Grizzly G0454 20” planer about 4 years ago with the straight knife cutter head. It’s to the point now that I want to upgrade to a spiral head but I’m not sure if I want it for this machine. It’s a nice machine but there are a few things missing and a few concerns I have about it as it ages and I put more miles on it. I have an opportunity to pitches a Rockwell delta 22-201 18” wedge bed planer. I know a few people who might be interested in my planer if I chose the delta. The spiral head for the delta is almost twice the price of the grizzly but if I would be getting a better machine it wouldn’t matter. I purchased my machine for $1200 and I think I can sell it for close to that, the delta is $700 with mobile base and a good worm gear ( I already checked it). Both machines are single phase 5 hp with the addition of the feed motor on the delta.

Some concerns I have with my machine: will the four post table adjustment be fine over time and use compared to the wedge bed design? The delta has adjustable bed rollers mine does not. The delta has a variable speed drive and a separate drive motor, mine does not. The delta is a heavier built machine compared to the grizzly. The delta is the belt drive model not direct drive. The delta would need some TLC but it’s not in bad shape. The grizzly has the cast wings which is a nice addition for added table size, the delta does not have a spot for wings. My machine also has anti kickback paws but that is not a huge concern of mine. Thanks for your input

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#1 posted 09-16-2018 07:43 PM

A lot of choices. The DeWalt 735 is/has been the best lunch box planer ever. For it to be great you need to buy or make a set of extension tables. The Byrd cutterhead for that machine is worth the upgrade cost, but with the machine and the Byrd, you are getting into the price range of a 15” Planer, and that puts you into a completely different world. There you will gladly save up for a Byrd head, or just buy one with a spiral cutterhead already installed

I would do the later, having had a tool budget, and also having owned all of the tools I have just mentioned. There is no comparison between the lunch box, and the heavier tool.

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#2 posted 09-16-2018 08:41 PM

steven has me confused or some1 does where do you get dewalt from steve ?

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#3 posted 09-16-2018 08:42 PM

where in northern Pa. you from JD630 ?

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#4 posted 09-16-2018 09:00 PM

From a small town called Tunkhannock, graduated from Thaddeus Stevens down your way GR8HUNTER.

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#5 posted 09-17-2018 02:48 PM

That is a big expense to justify unless your working with a lot of highly figured very expensive wood.

A straight blade planer with sharp blades and light passes does a good job. Pay close attention to grain direction.

I have that 20” Grizzly planer for almost 15 years and for me it has been rock solid and a beast. I’ve had no issues with the planer other than my own fault with a few adjustments.

If I were set on a spiral head, I would just upgrade the one I have rather than get into buying/selling. But if you’re not happy with the one you have, proceed.

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