A Grizzly 15-inch planer model G1021, 220-Volt, 2-HP, serial number 025721. I worked out a deal where I would sell mine for $800 (which I did), buy him a new 15″ Grizzly for about $1,200 (which I did), and get the Powermatic for no additional money (which I did). Use a small flathead screwdriver and dial it up. Make sure the planer is unplugged because all this is where the 220vac is coming in. Again this is covered in grease and the jointer will require more assembly than the Planer. I posted that he needed to calm the fuck down and that up until now I had no issue with Grizzly. I installed a Byrd Shelix and was thinking about doing a review with some tips.
Plus the green wheel is just the ticket for reshaping axe and hatchet blades as well as quickly regrinding an edge on knives and machetes. Another thing to consider is the power requirements, in my country(Australia)a 15″ 3hp planer is about the biggest you can get on a normal single phase power. I have seen one review where the Bryd type head did a cleaner job on very ornery wood than the helical segmented type head found in the Grizzly.
I have a Delta benchtop now and am considering going with at least a 15 inch model down the road. Then just lower the bed a couple turns to unload the motor and switch the planer back on to continue planing the board. You can’t expect a plank that is cantilevered out typically 8′ to 12′ from the center of the planer to be held solidly on the planer table by only one spring loaded feed roller. I’ve owned the Makita, Grizzly and Bridgewood planers, and the Bridgewood wins hands down.
I just emailed grizzly and asked them if there’s any differnece between the G0453 and the G0453p. Distinguishing it from a standard-size planer, he points out the maximum planing width on this model is 12-1/2” and that it features a 2-hp, 110-volt, single-phase universal motor. If you are interested in going used one of my customers had a clean slider for sale in January. Most of us a probably not doing our woodworking in elaborate industry style settings, so, for me, I don’t see the need for a massive planer with a giant footprint. Luckily I was standing to the side of the planer like I was supposed too so no harm.
I bought a factory-reconditioned Delta 12.5″ bench-top planer a few years ago because I had some large rough boards I needed to flatten for a TV table top. They did take the time to change the paint, which I am sure accounts for the extra $1,000 you will spend if you don’t buy the Grizzly machine. But even the smallest planer on the market is going to be about 12″ wide, which is significantly wider that most of our jointers.
Some of the features you can expect from this tabletop planer are a 12 1/2 inch wide table that is powered by a 2 hp motor that can pump out 10,000 RPM. That wasn’t a picture of his Planer, I just used that photo as a reference because his Planer looks similar. I have a grizzly mill that is a copy of the Sieg X2. Harbor freight has exactly the same thing, they just paint it red.
I only had two things to fuss about with the assembly of the jointer: 1) Getting the pulleys between the jointer cutterhead and the motor was a huge PITA, because you’re fighting gravity, and 2) the wiring diagrams for my planer took multiple takes to read correctly (my jointer came prewired 110V and I wanted to use 220V). The idea is that the inserts are set on a spiral so that there is always one knife in the wood at any one time unlike a conventional planer. My wife was just outside my shop, so I had her examine and feel the two pieces she was impressed at how much smoother the new planer head was making the wood.
This listing is for a set of (3) High Speed Tool Steel planer knives for Powermatic model 15. For life-time costs each time I get the blades re-sharpened it costs about $35. Festool USA does not pre-approve the contents of this website nor endorse the application or use of any Festool product in any way other than in the manner described in the Festool Instruction Manual. Running glueups through a planer doesn’t seem particularly necessary for me as you’re better off running it through a sander anyway.
I don’t do big production quantities, but a fair amount of my customers ask me to plane their wood once they buy it and think about feeding it through their lunchbox planer. Far more annoying to me is that my jointer is only 6″ – so annoying that I’m thinking my next purchase will be the 10″ jointer/planer Grizzly combo @ about $1,000. This machine has to knives mounted on the cutter head that are reversible, cutting down on replacement costs of new blades and increasing up time. After reading the review here on the Byrd, I wasn’t sure I wanted to go with it. Yet, there were other positive reviews.
He told me yesterday that the problem was the bed roller, that’s part of the Planer bed that’s under the feed rollers and cutterhead. Call Highland Woodworking and talk to them about it. I read one review that said the someone at Highland actually talked the guy out of buying the SC planer. If you know and trust the owner of the particular planer in question, and he warrants that it’s been a good one, then it’s probably fine for the long haul. If there are two people here willing, maybe they can report what motor is on their PM planer and China Grizzly planer.
The RIDGID 13 in. Corded Planer has a 120-Volt, 15 Amp motor that delivers 9000 RPM for maximum power and continuous operation. At the time the Powermatic planer had nice infeed and out feed tables compared to cheap rollers on my Geetech. I use a 12 inch planer but would like the 15″ for a larger table area and quieter operation, not to mention a helical cutter head for smoother cuts. My experiences with a great deal of Grizzly after market issues was painful and quite costly by comparison.
If you are selling lumber or something else of the nature that requires you to plane vast amounts of stock per day, you are better off with a planer that is built for it. I certainly wouldn’t want to hold you back from getting the best tools you can afford, but I have never wished I had a wider planer than my 12 inch portable. If I find a Powermatic planer for the right price, I will snatch it up, knowing that I can always sell it for a profit. A stationary cast iron planer with an induction motor is a lifetime tool, a portable with a universal motor has a shorter life expectancy, and is less cost effective to repair.
I would have been mad if I had spent the extra money for the Powermatic instead of buying it from Grizzly. When I started thinking about a new planer the steel city unit didn’t have carbide cutters; they used hss. I actually held on to the plywood from the planer crate to use for shop jig & templates. To reduce the risk of serious injury and/or damage to your Festool product, always read, understand and follow all warnings and instructions in your Festool product’s Instruction Manual. Thanks for stopping by. I think your best bet is to call Grizzly customer service.
I can take the individual boards down to dimension with my 13 planer prior to glue up. If I take all the necessary precautions when gluing up the panel, all that should really be needed is a couple of light passes through the drum sander. There is always another option, well 2 actually, if you need to plane something wider than the planer that you have in your shop. Mike and I lifted this onto the base today, it was a little awkward because it is 76 1/2” long, but easier to lift than planer.
The instruction manual is very good but make sure you have the manual that comes with the planer. This Porter cable planer had a decent amount of reviews, of which most of the folks said it was a great planer for the price and it seemed to last forever. There are two more 10 minute videos to come that talk about reinstalling planer joiner knives and then using them to dimensionalize a board.
I added a warning to my original review, and thought I would re-add it here for those who already read the review, and are thinking of doing the same thing I did…Buying the unit with a bladed cutter head with the idea of changing it out for a spiral cutter head to save money. A while back when I was buying power tools I looked at grizzly and their low end was mostly Taiwanese and the upper end were a mix of north american builders. It is well worth the extra $$. I have several Grizzly machines and they are good quality.
Thanks for your input, I build furniture also and I do not expect that any planer will allow you not to sand. This item is DEWALT DW734 15 Amp 12-1/2-Inch Benchtop Planer Used for Woodworking, Planers-Benchtop. The main thing I notice is the noise – much less with this larger model, due I suppose to both the motor (induction vs. universal) and the spiral cutterhead. I have been contemplating upgrading from my PC bench top 12.5″ planer to a 15″.
I got it through my buddies at Ballew Saw & Tool here on Springfield ( ?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.browse&category_id=490&Itemid=31 )—although we have a Grizzly here in Springfield, I much prefer to do business with a local company. Mastercraft 12-1/2 inch thickness planer, Mastercraft oscillating spindle sander, Mastercraft 16 inch scroll saw for sale.
One thing Grizzly doesn’t tell you is you need to buy at least one new bearing as the one on the support side of the cutterhead is pressed on and new 80W90 gear oil. Most people would agree that jointer and planer heads using carbide inserts instead of high-speed steel (HSS) blades provide a quality advantage. If you hit a piece of steel/rock while planing you only have to reset 3 inserts instead of 3 whole blades.