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Forum topic by pjswoodshop posted 09-03-2016 04:09 PM 500 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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pjswoodshop

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09-03-2016 04:09 PM

I’m in the market for a larger planer. My dad runs a 15” Powermatic in his shop and every now and then we find we could use a little wider planer. So I will be putting a 20-24” planer in my shop. I’m torn on brands and having a hard time finding some reviews. Originally I was planning on the Cantek 20” planer and Cantek 12” jointer. But I’m down after hernia surgery and have too much time to do research. And I’m second guessing what I want. The Grizzly G0544 looks like a nice option and about $1000 cheaper than the Cantek. And I also ran across a Baker AN24 that seems to be a great 24” planer for close to the same price. But I have no experience with Baker at all. I have seen thier resaws at a local mill but that’s all.
Money isn’t the only factor. I’m not rich by any means ha but I do need a good write off this year. Any input is appreciated.


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#1 posted 09-10-2016 09:11 PM

Was hoping for some input. But ended up going with Oliver planer, jointer, and shaper.

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#2 posted 09-10-2016 09:16 PM

I’m jealous Pj.I have a pm planer but still holding out hope to jump over to a Oliver someday.
But the stupid Pm keep on working and won’t die.
I also had bilateral hernia surgery several months ago.
Still hurts.

Aj

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#3 posted 09-10-2016 09:27 PM

Thank you. The hernia surgery is no fun at all ha. Yeah the Baker is only available in 3 phase so that knocked it out. And the Cantek is nice stuff but while I’m spending money I decided to go with the Oliver. The Oliver jointer is 1700 pounds and that was enough to convince me. And the planer looks like it too will be a beast.
I’ve been buying from Reardon Custom Tolling and have been very happy.

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#4 posted 09-11-2016 01:24 AM

Is the Oliver direct drive?
I have a 166 and love it. I decided to go with a Rpc from Kay it was alittle pricy but so far no complaints and it very quite I barely hear running.
Someday I’ll have my dream planer.
Here’s a pic of my Oliver just after new paint.

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#5 posted 09-11-2016 03:57 AM

That’s nice! I love that old classic look of solid metal. I have no experience with Oliver prior to this research. But as soon as I saw all the cast iron and the weight (1700 pounds) there was no way I couldn’t own it.
I almost convince myself to go with the 16” but I’d never use it for what it is. And that extra money can buy the Oliver shaper.
I also decided to go with the Byrd cutter heads on both the shaper and planer.

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#6 posted 09-11-2016 03:06 PM

Bryd heads are nice I have one in my planer. This week I will changing out a set of 98 inserts.
And I’m not looking forward to it,Several months ago when I rotated them to their last side I broke a lot tightening them.
Hope this new set doesn’t give trouble.
Be sure to keep your Oliver jointer straight knife.I did a full cleaning and restoration on mine and their are several good reasons to keep it original.

Aj

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#7 posted 09-11-2016 04:40 PM

^^^ The Oliver I’m buyin is brand new. So it will be coming from Oliver with the Byrd head in it. There are 3 options from them:
Straight knife
2 sided insert head unknown brand
4 sided Byrd
So I’m going with the Byrd on both the planer and jointer.

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#8 posted 09-11-2016 06:59 PM

Good move …buying with the head fitted at the factory is the best way to go.
Maybe we’ll post later.
Take care

Aj

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#9 posted 09-11-2016 07:18 PM

Ya gotta think about after the sale. What about parts and tech support?
Grizz rocks in the area.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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#10 posted 09-11-2016 10:45 PM

I have thought about that. I fell that Oliver is a large company and should have great customer support. I’ve been in touch with a few poeple that have given great input on Oliver.
I was hoping to get some feedback during the week prior to making my decision. I have only seen good reviews on Oliver.
I’m not knocking Grizzly. I’ve owned a few of thier products. But I’m wanting to get the highest quality I can for the money and I’m hoping Oliver fits that bill. Like I said, not knocking Grizzly at all. But I will run these tools everyday for many many years to come. This is my full time profession and I have a part time worker too. So they will definitely get used. I do appreciate the Grizzly suggestion but none that I saw really jumped out at me as far as what I’m wanting.
If anyone has had any bad experiences with Oliver please chime in.
I will be running some 15-20” wide beams each being 4-6” thick and 10+ feet long. So I’ll be working the machines fairly hard at times.

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#11 posted 10-12-2016 12:09 PM

Well I have had the tools here for about 2 weeks and have to say they are impressive. The 7.5hp 22” planer has handled everything with easy. I’ve had almost 1/8” being taken off across nearly the entire 22” width with no issues. And a very smooth finish.
The jointer is really nice as well but haven’t used it for what it is yet. The times I have used it have been nice. Everything was good to go straight out of the crates, that was a huge plus.

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#12 posted 10-12-2016 12:15 PM

I have a 20” Grizzly I’m satisified with except the infeed/outfeed rollers instead of tables are a bit cheesy.

If you look closely, it has the same castings as a Powermatic and a couple others. Only the switches and motor are different.

If I were buying now and could swing the $$’s definitely go for the spiral head.
I don’t know what kind of work you do, but for me, a 24” drum sander would be better than 24” planer.

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

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#13 posted 10-12-2016 12:30 PM

I mainly do cabinets. And something like this is not needed. But it’s starting to become more common that I need to do big heavy beams and such to be made into table tops.

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