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Two more cents on the Griz 453Z

Two more cents on the Griz 453Z

06-26-2010 04:15 AM by alnandy | 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 mechani...

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thickness planer

thickness planer

04-27-2010 05:17 AM by UncleSnail | 5 comments »

Hi All, ‘Picked up this 734 dewalt last week at Lowes. They had just dropped the price down to $399. I know you can get it for less at other stores on line but the shippng is outrageous so…. I have used other people’s planers….and this 734 is the best yet. It is a three knife system and gives a very smooth surface but the best feature is it’s 4 post hold down on the blades. The knife also has a a lock.. I plane short boards due to the size of my shop….w...

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Bought one this evening!

Bought one this evening!

04-23-2010 02:06 AM by Knothead62 | 10 comments »

Based on the reviews here on LJ forum and a good review in WOOD magazine, I took the plunge and bought one at Lowe’s this evening. I had saved up some money and have it in the garage, ready to open, read the manual (real men don’t read the manual), build a stand for it and make lots of wood dust or chips, whatever it makes. I’m going to plane some scrap pine to get used to it and make any necessary adjustments . The LOML wants a dining table. I have a stack of pecan that...

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Very NICE !!!

Very NICE !!!

04-19-2010 11:41 PM by medicnurse70 | 16 comments »

I purchased the Dewalt 734 today from Lowes for $399.00. I have been looking at both the Ridgid 13” and this Dewalt. I have it fiqured out that these are pretty much equal products. Why did I choose Dewalt ? Simply because I was worried about the ability to find replacement knives for the Ridgid. I also like the manual lock on the Dewalt and I am also a little po’d with Home Depot because they would not honor their on- line price in the store which was 369.00 vs. 399.00. (Wi...

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A helical head for under $300?

A helical head for under $300?

03-28-2010 02:59 PM by mckenziedrums | 25 comments »

I’ve seen a couple people post about the Accu-Head cutter heads but I’ve yet to actually see a true review of it… Back Story: A few months ago I was getting rather frustrated with my Ryobi planer and without the funds to buy a new $500 Steel City planer (the least expensive helical planer that I know of) I decided to pull the trigger on this upgrade. The Accu-Head.com website isn’t exactly faith inspiring but knowing they make the heads for the Steel City I figured ...

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Now I really do have 10 Inches...

Now I really do have 10 Inches...

03-01-2010 05:56 PM by Kerry Drake | 27 comments »

Last August I purchased a Jet 10” Combination Jointer/Planer, and last weekend I finally got to give it a real workout. I had 3 pieces of 6/4 Cherry all 10’ long ranging in width from about 5” up to nearly 9”. I needed to mill them all down to the exact same thickness so I could glue them up and make one massive cherry counter top 9’ 3” long and 17” deep. Me and my Jet got to spend 5 hours of quality time with each other. The good: 1 – T...

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The Monster

The Monster

02-15-2010 12:10 AM by Severiano | 11 comments »

Needing to plane more than 13” boards and deliver better quality, I’ve bought this planer. I have to say that is a real ” MONSTER ”. I putted through a 1 foot x 1” x 3’ Jatoba board and planed down to 3/4”, with only a 1/4 of the noise my 13” Rigid planer would make. I got magnificent results and I’ll be doing the wider boards this week. If you are on the look for a wider capacity planer, consider checking these reviews every week ‘c...

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Planer - Economic in cost, Industrial in performance

Planer - Economic in cost, Industrial in performance

01-08-2010 05:17 AM by Troy | 10 comments »

I got this planer a few months ago mainly cause I really needed to upgrade from a bench top model I had (Dewalt). My shop has a 100 amp service subpanel and I left room for it at the first drop for my DC.It came in a decent crate, which had minor damage, but prevented any issues on the machine. The control panel outer cover had a ding for some reason, but it gave it character, so I don’t mind.There was a ton of packing grease on every single moving part. While reassuring that the parts ...

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Ryobi AP 1301 13-inch portable planer: good basic planer for beginning woodworkers

Ryobi AP 1301 13-inch portable planer: good basic planer for beginning woodworkers

01-02-2010 02:42 AM by dmoney | 22 comments »

keep in mind:I’ve had this for about a week so here are my opinions so far.This is my first planer. I bought this one reconditioned. It was cheap, only $159 at cporyobi.com. free shipping and no sales tax. It does a good job planing. All I’ve ran thru it is oak and pine. The results are very good, probably because the blades are still new. It has no infeed/outfeed extension. In the pic you can see I made a crude one for myself using a leaf from an old dining room tabl...

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13" bench top planer (Reconditioned)

13" bench top planer (Reconditioned)

10-31-2009 01:59 AM by Fireguy | 21 comments »

I purchased the rigid planer yesterday and got it home and unpacked it right away since it is reconditioned. Everything was with it and as far as I could tell never used or why it is reconditioned. Today I want thru the setup and tuned the in feed and out feed tables to level with the table. The thickness scale and repeat a cut where right on so I left them alone. Pro’s1: Great reviews2: Price $189.00, I also had a coupon for 10% off so ended up 169.00 + tax. Hard to beat that price.3:...

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