grizzly g0453z spiral cutterhead planer will not start

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Forum topic by larryw posted 10-30-2011 06:14 AM 6344 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-30-2011 06:14 AM

Hey guys, I recently purchased a 15’’ grizzly planer, but can’t get it to start. I’ve checked my wiring, and the motor and switch wiring, and compared it to the owner’s manual diagram, and it seems to be wired up correctly, but all I get is a slight humming sound from the motor when I press the start button. Could it be a faulty startng capacitor?, or maybe the magnetic switch is bad. Has anyone out there had any similar problems like this?. The 20amp,220v circuit i’m using works fine for my other 3hp motor power tools, I don’t know what else it could be. It’s just hard to believe that a capacitor or starting switch would be bad….it’s brand new!. I guess you can get lemons with anything you buy. I’ve e-mailed grizzly, but this is the week-end and I know I won’t get a response untill next week sometime. Any replys or suggestions would be appreciated.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#1 posted 10-30-2011 06:29 AM

Sorry you are having the problem, I have the same planner and it works great for me. My suggestion is to call them dirct to get an answer and not to wait for the email. You will get much faster service that way.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#2 posted 10-30-2011 06:40 AM

Open it up yet? There could be a shipping lock on the cutter head.

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#3 posted 10-30-2011 07:00 AM

I beleive the situation is that you are getting 110 to the swith and motor. I could be wrong but certainly worth looking into. Are you using an extension chord? Check the 220 plug and ensure a wire has not come loose from a terminal. To me it seems you are only getting juice from only one of your 2 hot wires which would mean you are only getting 110 to the switch even if you think you are hooked into 220. Getting only 110 to the switch will give you the symptoms you are describing.

Do a little more diagnostics to ensure both hot wires are actually providing juice to tge switch. If so you may have a bad switch, but since it us new I doubt you have a bad switch. Have fun!

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#4 posted 10-30-2011 03:28 PM

Thanks for the feedback guys, I think Arlin is right , I probably just need to call grizzly directly on monday. Jumbojack, yes I’ve opened it up ( to clean all of the shipping grease off of the cutter head), I also removed the belt cover, and was able to rotate the cutter head, by manually rotating the belts around the pulleys. Jerry, I thought the same thing you were thinking, I checked all the wiring, and every thing seems to be fine, I even pluged my 220v table saw into the same plug, and it runs great. I don’t know, I’ll talk to grizzly, thamks anyway guys.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#5 posted 10-31-2011 02:19 PM

sorry to hear things like this… good luck with it. Grizzly should “fix” your problem. hopefully, it’ll be something simple

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#6 posted 10-31-2011 03:40 PM

I just got that same planer (well, the Polar Bear version). I swapped out the power cord with a longer one. While I was disconnecting the old cord, I discovered that the crimp connector on the ground wire was not actually crimped to the wire. The ground wire just pulled right out.

Maybe give a light tug on the wires inside the magnetic switch mounted inside the lower cabinet and see if any of the wires in there have faulty crimped connectors.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 11-06-2011 04:54 AM

Thanks guys for all the feed back. I recieved my new start capacitor from grizzly this week and installed it. I pluged the planer in, and it started right up. I just want to say that I also purchased an 8’’ jointer from grizzly recently, and both the planer and jointer are pretty awesome machines, I guess after using bench top machines for a while now, and then switching to the large floor models makes a big, and noticeable difference in performance. I wasn’t unhappy with the bench top planer though, in fact I consider it to be the best bench model available ( the DeWalt 735 ), I just wanted a little more milling capacity and of course spiral cutter heads on the grizzlys , which do a beautiful job.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#8 posted 11-18-2011 11:19 PM


well I am glad you are back up and running….I just turned on my planner and 10 seconds later I hear a pop and see smoke rise.

I have the G0543Z also. So I raced to pull of front panel…and once that was off felt the motor box which was pretty warm….removed that plastic panel and found oily gunk exploded on the whole inside.

Clearly the capacitor just blew and left its guts everywhere. I just got off the phone with Grizzly…of course I am “just” out of warranty so I am biting the bullet on this one. Not that this is an expensive part @ $20…but it is the down time that is killing me right now.

What I did learn is this for anyone after I got off the phone was that the part recommended as replacement is not the same capacitor in there. They are replacing the part inside with a 300 microfarad 250V max capacitor. What was in there was a 250 microfarad 250V max capacitor. That was not mentioned on the phone…so I am wondering if this was a common problem…which I asked him and they replied no. Who knows?

Also he said that there is a possibility that the motor contact could have been burnt also.

Here are the Grizzly part numbers for anyone else who runs into this problem

Capcitor #PC300C ($21.75)
Motor Contact #PCP001 (($5.75)

These can also be sourced locally in electronic motor shops btw.

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