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Forum topic by MNWOODWORKER posted 02-26-2010 12:41 AM 2504 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-26-2010 12:41 AM

Well it seems that my beloved Dewalt planer is almost out of life, after seriously putting a couple thousand boards through it I need to replace it. I had thought about buying the same planer but wanted to get someting bigger and better. I have been looking at the Grizzly 15” and I know that there are many very devoted Grizzly fans out there, what are your thoughts on this machine?? I also notice that before Christmas they had a better price and free shipping on it, I have seen some some company’s have their sale times at a certain time of year-is this something Grizzly has or was it just a great deal that I missed. I can hold off for a little bit if a sale season is coming but not till next Christmas!! I have also been watching craigslist with no luck so any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. One last thing, how does the automatic cutterhead lock work, on my Devvalt I have to lock a lever, just curious-thanks.

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#1 posted 04-16-2011 05:49 PM

What did you finally decide on? I also have heard good things about Grizzly so it will be interesting to hear what your decision was.

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#2 posted 04-16-2011 07:16 PM

I have a 12” and a 15” grizzly planers, I love the 15” ,nothing wrong with the 12” but i needed some thing bigger. Mine is a reg. cutter head, ,now they have a spiral blade cutter head. It also comes with a mobel base, It is one heavy machine. There is a 10% discount coupon tell april 30th. I got mine in woodworkers journal That makes for a nice saveings. I used mine on atheir new 10’ drum sander.
I hope this helps. Chuck

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#3 posted 04-16-2011 08:33 PM

i’ve had GO453 for a few years now and find it tp be a pretty good machine. Weighs in at about 600# so I hired a couple of guys to get it into my basement shop. It has the regular cutterhead and i’ll soon be upgrading to the spiral model they sell. I’d complain a little about the snipe, but then I’ve never tried to adjust it. I just run some scrap in front and behind my working stock. I’ll fiddle with it when I upgrade the cutterhead. Other than that, t’s a solid performer.

-- Measure twice, cut once, buy extra stock.

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#4 posted 04-17-2011 12:33 AM

I did buy GO453 and love it. I have had it for a little over a yr now and it performs like a champ no matter what I throw at it. I decided not to go with the spiral cutterhead for a few reasons. #1 the cost, at the time I just didn’t want to commit to it and I figured if I change my mind down the road I could always upgrade. The cost for the upgrade is basically the same as if I just bought the machine with the spiral cutterhead to begin with, so it’s not like you are shelling out a lot of extra money for changing your mind. #2 the final surface with a spiral cutterhead, I have not seen it in person but have heard several times that the finished surface leaves little ridges along the surface due to the fact that each knife on a spiral cutterhead is not flat but actually domed a bit. I was paging through Wood magazine the other day in a store (waiting for my wife to finish shopping) and I had seen a letter that someone wrote in stating this exact thing-so it was kinda reassuring to hear and I believe I made the right choice for myself. Many people love the spiral cutterhead and I am not knocking it at all, it just made me a little nervous. If you know someone that has a spiralcutterhead I would suggest talking to them and taking a look for yourself, then make your decision. #3 is the fact that I can get my knives sharpened for a really great price because I have a friend that does it means that it is cheaper for me to have the straight knives. #4 is I have a drum sander, any tricky grain I can easily pass it through and take care if it. This could easily take care of the ridges left by the spiral cutterhead as well but it would add an extra step to every board not just the ones that give me a problem.
The only issue I have had with the machine is that the gear box started to leak, they just sent me a new gasket for it but I have not had a chance to put it in yet. Their customer service was superb. Hope this helps with your decision a little and good luck.

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