If you read my first blog about my Grizzly experience you know I had to wait till Monday to buy a new bearing. I googled info on bearings over the weekend and this is what I found out. I was originally looking for the exact numbers and letters that the tool calls for 6205ZZ. The numbers are what is important that’s the size of the bearing. The letters designate weather it’s sealed, shielded or what ever. I needed shielded on both sides and to make it more confusing the different manufactures use different letters for the same bearing so first thing Monday I found my new bearing at a repair shop that specializes in pressing bearings on motors so they had it in stock. It’s more of a tool and motor bearing than an auto part size that’s why most auto part stores didn’t have it. I didn’t get a chance to put it all together till last night and adjust it all today. So now my grizzly thickness planer with a Byrd shelix cutter head is running and I’m not completely happy with the head. The planer has plenty of power and the built in base is very good. I do get some chips on the board as it exits and some get pressed into the face from the out feed roller. I adjusted the chip deflector within a sixteenth of the blades and some still get by. This might be from the design of the cutter head. Also the dust port is right over the bed and makes it impossible to put a hose on it unless you hang it from above or put an elbow on it like I did. Besides that I like the planer. I needed to adjust everything with a dial indicator like the one suggested by Grizzly at a cost of $100.00 for the rotacator. That’s not going to happen. I went to Harbor Freight and bought a dial indicator for about ten bucks and made my own. I live close to Harbor freight so it wasn’t a big deal. I attached it to a block of wood and pressed in 3 magnets I had hanging around and it worked just fine. I’m going to go to the product review forum and post what I think of the Byrd cutter head and add a picture of the quality of cut or lack of. I also have pictures of the dial indicator and the dust port on the planer that I’ll add here as soon as i figure out how to do that.
-- Mike, Westport MA.