|Review by Don K.||posted 06-04-2009 08:18 AM||36522 views||1 time favorited||43 comments|
Well As I recently stated….I did some serious upgrades in the old shop in the last few weeks, bought a new cabinet saw, new band saw, new jointer and a new planer. This first review will be over the new G0453 15” planer. (actually my second review…the jointer was a few weeks ago)
I did some serious thinking about which planer to buy….but decided to go with a new Grizzly since I have had such good luck with my Grizzly jointer. While I really wished I could have went with a 20” planer….... I figured I have gotten by for years with my old 12” Delta planer…..so a mobile 15” would be fine…also the 20” was allot more $$$$
I narrowed my choice between the G0453 and the G0453Z. The G0453Z had a spiral cutter head….the G0453 did not. But I KNEW after getting my new 8” Jointer with a spiral cutter head…that I had to have one on my planer. The two machines are identical with the exception of the cutter head, and a slightly different magnetic switch. The G0453 was almost $500 cheaper than the G0453Z AND had free shipping….which made a difference of almost $650. (Warning here….I am pretty good in the mechanical area, and could rebuild a diesel tractor engine almost before I could walk, lol. BUT if your not mechanically inclined…do NOT do this !!! Changing out the cutter head is way more complicated than just taking out a few bolts, you will have to strip the machine almost all the way down)
Here are the web site links for the two machines..
To buy the spiral cutter head for the G0453 was $495 (also free shipping)....so by buying the G0493, and buying the spiral cuter head seperate…I saved about $170 AND got a back up cutter head….not a bad deal.
I finally put it all together a couple of days ago and used it for the first time yesterday….all I can say is… WOW...smo0th as silk…no vibration….WAY quieter than my old Delta (I guess because of the spiral cutter head)....the over size in feed and out feed tables are great…and it needed VERY LITTLE adjustment out of the box. It was one of the easiest machines I have ever put together.
To anyone looking for a GOOD mid size planer…and not wanting to take out a second mortgage on their house to do so…I Highly recommend looking at the G0453. You will not be disappointed !!!!
-- Don S.E. OK