15" Planer's, Which One?

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Forum topic by Jim posted 01-19-2010 06:16 AM 1442 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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01-19-2010 06:16 AM

Okay, this is my first post, so my apologies if this has been asked before. I found this site when looking for reviews of some planers I am considering. Seems like some common sense, real world info here so I thought I would give it a try.

I did a search but didn’t find anything on the General International 30-125CE, which has the standard blades. I have found a new one at a dealer who really wants to sell it. For about the same money I can get the Grizzly GO453Z with the spiral cutterhead, which has some good reviews here, and one I have had my eye on for the last year or so. I don’t have any experience with General but I do have a Grizzly dust collector, band saw and 8” planer that have been very reliable.

I use my old 12” DeWalt planer to occasionaly dimension some poplar of various thicknesses for building furniture frames for my son-in-law’s business. No sanding is needed since it is upholstered. On occasion I do use hardwoods, generally red oak or walnut, for finished stuff so I do like nice smooth results.

Not sure if anyone can help but thanks anyway.

-- JimT

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#1 posted 01-19-2010 07:25 AM

Budget is a big factor. I have the grizzly 15” at the school shop with spiral head, and have the dewalt 735 at home. There are a few times at home I wish I had the 15 because of a raised panel, but most of the time I plan projects around it and make my panels 12” wide or less. Spiral head is nice, but in typical woods I really haven’t seen a difference in the cut than the dewalt straight blades. The big thing with spiral head is noise. We have a metal building and the old straight blade planer was ear piercing, now we can talk over the spiral head planer. I have pegboard walls and an OSB ceiling at home, plus I wear hearing protection when using the planer there. Nearly $1k difference in the dewalt 735 and the grizzly 15”. If you are planing picture frame pieces, do you really need the width? Hope some of this helps.

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