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Forum topic by dustycajun posted 04-12-2016 01:12 AM 598 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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dustycajun

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04-12-2016 01:12 AM

Hi, just looking for advice, I have a grizzly 15 inch planer, I have the opp to purchased a used 20 inch 3 hp for
About 650, my question is do i need a bigger planer, bigger than 15 inch I dont do many really wide boards
Thanks

-- klcrd


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gfadvm

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#1 posted 04-12-2016 01:22 AM

That is a great price for a 20” planer (if it is in decent working condition). And bigger is always better

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 04-12-2016 01:25 AM

Your probably the only one who knows if you need a 20 incher or not.

Do you have any more details on it ?

3 hp is not much grunt for a 20 inch

650 is not much either (for a 20 inch that is)

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dustycajun

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#3 posted 04-12-2016 01:29 AM

Thanks for thr reply, older grizzly about 20 years but been laid up for last 10. Death in family. , it runs good had mobile base and extra knives , just was thinki g for the price should i get it i already have a 15 inch. Was ganna sell it for the 20. But also only 3 hp

-- klcrd

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Lumberpunk

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#4 posted 04-12-2016 01:31 AM

get it

-- If someone tells you you have enough tools and don't need any more, stop talking to them, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

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cabmaker

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#5 posted 04-12-2016 01:32 AM

agreed….get it

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dustycajun

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#6 posted 04-12-2016 01:34 AM

Love the quote, and guess who usually is the one who says that?

They also have a 3 hp grizzly dust collector 2 bag unit for 175

-- klcrd

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bruc101

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#7 posted 04-12-2016 02:48 AM

We bought a 20” Griz in about 1990 and the only thing that has been done to it is change the knives. It still looks almost as good as the day we bought it due to us taking care of our equipment. We also used it as a molding machine for awhile until we bought one and now everything molding in the shop is pretty much cnc. That 20” planer stills gets a good workout and is used more than the 24” one.

Be sure to have you some help because it is heavy, very heavy and have a good floor to set it on.

Get the 3 hp dust collect too if it’s in good shape.

-- Bruce Free Plans http://plans.sawmillvalley.org

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rwe2156

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#8 posted 04-12-2016 12:03 PM

I think you answered your question…....

I have a 20” planer in 10 years I can count on one hand the number of times I ever needed more than 15” width.

But I don’t regret having it. Its a very solid machine but VERY heavy, like 800#.

If you need someone to tell you what to do, then I would say you have a 15” and $650 to spend, I would spend it elsewhere.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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Lumberpunk

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#9 posted 04-12-2016 03:13 PM



Love the quote, and guess who usually is the one who says that?

- dustycajun

She is pretty supportive actually :)

-- If someone tells you you have enough tools and don't need any more, stop talking to them, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

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pintodeluxe

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#10 posted 04-12-2016 03:19 PM

Availability of a helical head upgrade down the road would be a key point for me. Ever since I started using a helical head, I think it would be hard to go back to the fuss of setting straight HSS knives. No longer dealing with tearout has dramatically changed my sanding routine.

As far as planer width, look at your last 3-4 projects and ask yourself if the 5” difference would have saved you any work. If you routinely make 18-20” wide panels it would be a great help. I often have 22”+ wide panels, so either way I would have to sand a glue line. At least a 20” model would give you more options.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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dustycajun

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#11 posted 04-13-2016 12:53 AM

Hello, I pulled the trigger and got the grizzly 20 inch planer, paid 600. Also picked up grizzly 3 hp 2 bag dust collector for 175

Thanks for your help

-- klcrd

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