|Review by David Grimes||posted 11-20-2011 08:35 AM||9597 views||2 times favorited||11 comments|
First, much thanks to LJ member Roger Clark aka Rex for finding and sharing the deal.
This is the Rockwell RK9010 planer that cost me only $204 shipped. It is identical in every way to the Grizzly G0505 (except the grizzly is green and has a bear on the front hood) that sells for $339 plus shipping and does NOT include the stand. The same package (unit + stand+ shipping) from Grizzly would cost me $393.70, so nearly half price. I also got to choose between orange and silver. I went for the BORG orange, thankyouverymuch. ;=)
It was important to me that I can get accessories, parts and blades from Grizzly (or somewhere reliable) since this was a Justdeals.com one day offering.
Now, the bad: The unit was double boxed, but that did not prevent UPS from doing what they do best: destroy packages. I opened the outer box and viewed the unit box splitting at all of its seams. I unboxed the unit and found that a corner of the base casting was cracked. The pieces were there, however and fit like a puzzle, so I went ahead with assembly. No problems except one of the two wing nuts that holds the ship deflector secure was missing. I have spares that fit. The corners of the housing on the out-feed side are scratched pretty bad, but purely cosmetic.
The good (for fair and balanced reporting): I have quite a nice pile of 3/4” x 3” x 36” and 42”, then several 3/4” x 6” x 36” and 42” pre-finished cabinet fillers and ogee trim. They are several in each of oak, maple, poplar, cherry, and hickory. I fired the unit up and ran about a dozen through the planer one side, then the other. It ran these pieces of hardwood through fast and smooth and without one hint of snipe. SOLD !
So, how to rate this thing ? If perfect cosmetically from grizzly I’d give it a 4 stars. But it was 1/2 price, so 5 stars for a stellar value. But it was beat up and had to be repaired !? That was UPS fault, not the machine’s fault.. and does not affect the use of the planer one bit. Oh, and it came with a nice stand included. I’ve got to go with 5 stars for the deal and the stand.
BTW, I would not pay nearly $400 for the Grizzly without the stand. That money would buy a Black and Dewalt ;=) or a Ridgid.
Thanks, Rex. You are the best shopper buddy on LJ since Bubinga used to be on here. BTW, the MLCS oin router attachment at 1/2 price is on the way, too.
-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia