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05-31-2020 12:57 PM

I am looking at buying a planner. I was wondering what brand of planner to buy? I was looking at the ones grizzly has. Is grizzly a good brand or is there a better one than that? Any advice would be appreciated.

-- Gracie's wooden signs. Middlebury, In.


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#1 posted 05-31-2020 01:08 PM

I like the flexibility of printable, daily planners.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#2 posted 05-31-2020 01:08 PM

I only have room for a benchtop planer and I bought a Rigid and I’m happy with it. The one thing is that they have a lifetime warranty so if anything goes wrong , they fix it for free. I bought it too because I saw a guy at a fair making signs and he ran all the boards through his Rigid planer without any snipe. At that time I had a Delta and got snipe all the time with it so I moved up to the Rigid and run pretty snipe free, too.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 05-31-2020 01:13 PM

The DeWalt DW735 is regarded as the best bench-top planer by many woodworkers.

-- Clin

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#4 posted 05-31-2020 01:51 PM

Smitty’s wit aside :-), you mean planer. What are you looking to accomplish with a planer? I’ve got a Dewalt DW735 and am very happy with it. Most of the boards I run through it are 8” wide or less, more likely in the 4-6” range based on the specific project on which I am working. Having said that, I have two Grizzly tools, a jointer and table saw, and am very pleased with both.

-- Gary, Wisconsin

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#5 posted 05-31-2020 02:15 PM

The Grizzly 15” planer, G0453Z is a pretty fair planer, if you have the need of more than a benchtop screamer. You need dust collection to run it, and it is best to have a jointer to flatten your board before planing it. If you are just buying planed lumber at the Borg, you probably don’t need one. I have a bandmill and make my own hardwood lumber, and the planer is a necessity for me. I would like to step up to a professional model, but they cost 3 times as much.

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#6 posted 05-31-2020 05:30 PM

I have the ridgid like Jim and I have no complaints about it.

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#7 posted 05-31-2020 06:27 PM



The DeWalt DW735 is regarded as the best bench-top planer by many woodworkers.

- clin


I have one of these. I cannot eliminate snipe no matter what I do/don’t do. I have learned to live with the snipe. I’m shocked the Ridgid is snipe free.

-- measure 3 times, cut once

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#8 posted 05-31-2020 06:48 PM

DBW,
Just raise the infeed / outfeed tables at the far edges so they sit about 3/32” higher than the bed. In other words if you lay a level on the planer bed, you should see daylight under the middle of the level.

It seems like you’d set the tables coplanar with the bed, but in actuality you need to raise the far infeed and far outfeed ends.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#9 posted 05-31-2020 07:47 PM


DBW,
Just raise the infeed / outfeed tables at the far edges so they sit about 3/32” higher than the bed. In other words if you lay a level on the planer bed, you should see daylight under the middle of the level.

It seems like you d set the tables coplanar with the bed, but in actuality you need to raise the far infeed and far outfeed ends.

- pintodeluxe


I did this. No help. Actually I have to be honest and say I don’t use the DeWalt table extensions. I have a melamine board which is 4’ long. It sits on the planer bed and is centered along it’s length. I have it attached so I won’t move. What I do is I raise the end of the work piece so it enters the planer at a bit of an angle and on the outfeed side I raise the end of the work piece as it comes out. Am I making a mistake not using the extensions?

-- measure 3 times, cut once

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#10 posted 05-31-2020 08:07 PM

What size planer do you desire?

Am a big fan of 15” four post planer model in every hobby shop.
The 12-13” machines are plastic toys by comparison. The infamous DW735 eats blades like kids eat candy, and that is why everyone talks about upgrading to shellix head. :-( Your really don’t need helical cutter head to reduce wood thickness, straight blades will work 99% of time with well tuned machine. But if mill wood weekly, you will get tired of 735 blade changes quickly.

Most of the 15” planers are similar machines.

The G1021 model(s) is made in Taiwan and has been around for decades. It shares commonality to Powermatic, Delta, Jet, Craftex, Woodtek, and many others. The G1021 shares similar mechanical components to the antique G0550 which was clone of early Delta DC-380. They are work horses, and want to plane wood all day, everyday.

The G0453 model is cost reduced version of G1021 planer made in China. It uses a 6mm wider casting head, and slightly different components; but is same serious tool for any shop. This Chinese made model has also been sold by Jet, and smaller number of OEM compared to Taiwan made models.

The latest G0890/0891 is cost reduced model made in Taiwan. Jet is selling a version of the tool also. it hasn’t been around long enough to have much of reputation. There was an early version issue with cutter head co-planarity with new motor mount/drive assembly, but it has been fixed based on reviews I seen.

The biggest difference between various OEM models can be found in couple areas.
- There are several different types of carbide insert milling heads. Have Byrd shellix, spiral cutter, and Chinese made helical cutter head. They all work, with minor differences you can read about online.
- Most all the straight blade machines use the same head/blades, except PM. PM uses a unique spiral blade on latest machines.
- High end OEM like Powermatic specify US made motors, and motor controls from US OEM (but made overseas), the lower cost mfg buy motors/electronics locally. Taiwan makes world class motors and magnetic starters, which gives Taiwan made models a slight edge over the Chinese IMHO.
- There are slight differences in the feed roller configurations. All use a segmented in-feed roller. Out feed roller can be smooth metal or rubber coated. Have used both types. The only disadvantage to metal out-feed roller is when the dust collector is not able to gather all the chips and occasionally see small indents from dust crushed by roller. The damage lifts with some water and disappears with fine grit sanding, which makes it a non-issue.
- There is slight difference between models on actual speeds of 2 speed gear box. But it doesn’t make much difference. Slow is fine cut, fast is rougher cut. lol

TBH – Have not bought a new 15” planer. All my planer education is from buying/rebuilding/selling used planers, while I search the newest planer models looking for common spare parts. Of the smaller planers; have owned a new Delta 22-580 with served me very well for years, and DW735 I loathed and sold off quickly. If have space, and budget for 15” four post G1021 model from Taiwan, you will not regret buying it.

Best Luck with decision.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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