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Forum topic by Eric_J posted 03-19-2019 06:54 PM 547 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-19-2019 06:54 PM

Hello everyone,
I’m a frequent viewer but new poster/member to the site. My old Ryobi 10” thickness planer is crapping out on me so now its time to buy a real machine :) .

I’ve been thinking of the Dewalt 735 but then I saw that Grizzly just put out a 13” planer that includes a spiral head cutter (G0889Z). Has anyone tried this model yet? Seems like a nice unit for the price considering it comes with a spiral head cutter already.

thoughts?

thanks,
Eric


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#1 posted 03-19-2019 11:40 PM

Wow it comes with a spiral cutterhead. Not sure how good the planer is but seems like a really good price.

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#2 posted 03-19-2019 11:57 PM

Doesn’t look like you could get one if you wanted to. It seems they may be on back order. HD is having a sale today on the DeWalt. Today’s special buy. You’ll have to act quickly.

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#3 posted 03-20-2019 12:05 AM



Doesn t look like you could get one if you wanted to. It seems they may be on back order. HD is having a sale today on the DeWalt. Today s special buy. You ll have to act quickly.

- Ripper70

Love the “limit 5”...
It is a really good price for anyone considering taking the plunge.

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#4 posted 03-20-2019 01:19 PM

I don’t know about the Grizzly, but I own the DeWalt 735 and the DeWalt mobile base. It does a good job, but be forewarned, it has an internal chip blower that will blast debris everywhere unless a good containment system is used. I just read the specs on the Grizzly, and the depth adjustment has a locking mechanism. Planers with this sort of adjustment must be locked or they will ‘creep’, whereas the Dewalt uses a different system, and doesn’t need a locking mechanism to prevent creep.

I Hack Fab’d a simple trashcan lid separator and bag arrangement:

I see no need at present to eliminate the bag and attach the vac or DC to the can.

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#5 posted 03-20-2019 04:14 PM

@Ripper70 thanks for pointing out the special buy, unfortunately I missed this lastnight and by the time i checked this morning, it was gone :/

@HackFabrication good to know about the blower and nice hack! I might have to try replicating your hack if I end up buying the DW735

I’m torn between buying the Dewalt DW735 and the Grizzly G0889Z. Even though the G0889Z is on back order, the price seems attractive considering it comes with a spiral head cutter. The DW735 is a workhorse but adding a spiralhead cutter would be another $500 (almost as much as the planer itself).

I question if I need a powerful planer or can get by with a simple benchtop one. For me this is just a hobby, I havent even tried to make money from it yet so the $ investment is a bit of a blackhole. However, I do seem to use rough lumber often and seem to be drawn to rough lumber due to price, etc.
At this point, anything is going to be better than my cheap 10” ryobi planer that I bought at an auction for $60 :)

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#6 posted 03-20-2019 06:48 PM


I question if I need a powerful planer or can get by with a simple benchtop one.

Based on what you posted, I’d just get the DeWalt. Use it for a year or two, then decide if you want to get a Big Boy 20” or bigger planer. Re-selling it used will help offset a tiny bit of the bigger machine. Or upgrade it to a Shelix head at that time.

Replacement DeWalt blades aren’t too expensive. And they can be ‘flipped’ because they are sharpened on both sides. Removal/install is very simple.

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#7 posted 03-20-2019 07:03 PM

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#8 posted 03-21-2019 05:58 PM

@HackFabrication you make a good point. I think you’re right and I will just start out with the Dewalt. Thanks.

@JRsgarage thanks for pointing out that sale on Ebay. I just placed my order :)

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#9 posted 03-21-2019 06:31 PM

My problem with the G0889Z is that it appears to be just an older style ‘lunch box’ upgraded with a spiral head.

I can’t see how this configuration will avoid the classic lunch box planer problem, which is snipe.

The newer style lunch box planers have the ability to clamp the cutter head assembly to the four posts, which (mostly) prevents the cutter head from tilting as a board enters/exits the planer and greatly (but not completely) reduces snipe.

I tried all of the hacks know to man for dealing with the snipe on my old Delta lunch box, and some of them helped, but without clampling/locking the head to the posts, you’re going to get snipe.

I wouldn’t want to be the Gini-pig for this new;/old Grizzly planer… as it might wind up just being an old lunch box pig with lipstick on it.

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