My Grizzly experience

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Blog entry by eastside posted 07-04-2009 04:16 PM 1167 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I ordered my new 15 inch thickness planer on Monday morning after a couple of weeks of reading reviews and pricing and settled on the G0453. That’s the one with the 3 regular knife’s. it was offered with free shipping and I also ordered the Byrd shelix head from another company that would match Grizzly’s price and offer free shipping. On Wednesday morning Grizzly added to their free shipping the 15 inch planer with the spiral cutter. I would have ordered that if it were available on Monday. Thursday it came in and I started to unwrap my new toy. They repeatedly remind you to check the gear case oil before starting it up for the first time and I figured an abundance of caution so I went through all the checks and the dame thing was half a quart down. The stuff they are using now to keep the bare metal from rusting is a light oil that you can easily wipe off but when the unit is that low on oil it makes you wonder if it’s gear case oil that leaked so that prompted I call to tech support and had it put in their records. Filled it up, cleaned it up doesn’t seam to be leaking so far. My new head came in Friday and I started pulling the old one off using the Grizzly step by step instructions and the booklet that Byrd sends with the cutter head. Glad I had both because Grizzly isn’t all that good with their instructions. Now I have the old head on the work bench and I realize I need a new bearing rather than trying to force the old bearing off so I looked it up in the book and called tech support to double check and they all agreed 6205ZZ is what I need so off I went. 3 parts stores latter and 2 that were closed (it’s evening now) and no one has it or even heard of it. I was told it was and easy part to find that most auto part stores have it. Now I’m not happy because I have to wait till Monday with the holiday on Saturday. So I started to clean up everything and took a closer look at the original bearing still on the old head and wouldn’t you know, it was a different part number that what the book has it listed as and what tech told me. The last store I was in had this but it wasn’t the zz so I passed. The new bearing number should be 6205 RZ. So now I wait till Monday, I hope the install goes better.

-- Mike, Westport MA.

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#1 posted 07-04-2009 04:31 PM

Wow eastside...sorry your having trouble right off the start. I know you bought your planer and a big reason for it was my review of mine. I truely hope things turn around for you and get better once you get your new bearing.

As far as the clean up, mine also had just a thin film on the beds….but up in the roller feeders and the cutter head it still had gobs of grease.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#2 posted 07-05-2009 08:35 AM

most of the bearings on this equipment can be found at the local auto parts stores. I lost a bearing on my 1950’s jointer a while back and the local “small town” parts store was able to cross reference to two different bearings. So since I had it apart, I replaced one side with one part number, and the other side with another.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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