|Review by alnandy||posted 1266 days ago||5332 views||2 times favorited||7 comments|
Just got mine in earlier this week. I’d been using a Delta 13” planer, which was doing a very good job. However, Delta got bought out and no longer produces this planer, so parts will be a problem in the future. Also, I’ve got several hundred board feet of curly maple to work through, and that would overwhelm the Delta. So, I bought the Grizzly. My experience was exactly the same as the previous review, except that my machine arrive without problems. The caster mechanism is awesome; I can move a 650 lb machine around easily and safely. I ran some curly tigerwood (goncalo alves) through and there was ZERO chipout. A tiny bit of snipe, which can probably be eliminated by lowering the table rollers. I’m not sure how to adjust the feed roller pressure; if anyone knows, give a holler.
As for the grease, UGH. Man, they slopped grease over everything; it took me hours to degrease the cutter head, feed rollers, etc. I still get an occasional spot. What a mess. The cutterhead is very impressive.
At $1400, plus shipping, this machine is a very, very good deal.