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Forum topic by Tabletop posted 12-13-2016 08:23 AM 1854 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-13-2016 08:23 AM

I’m buying a planer and was wanting the helical head so I was looking at the grizzly. Problem is that it is currently on a ship from china and won’t be available until end of January. So I started looking elsewhere and found a steelex 20” helical head for $2300. I’m assuming it is made by grizzly? Looks like a grizzly/shop fox. Can’t seem to find any info on them. Anybody out there enlighten me about steelex? Do I want their planer??


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#1 posted 12-13-2016 09:33 PM

I guess no response means no to steelex?

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#2 posted 01-11-2017 11:56 PM

I have never heard of Steelex; is there a vendor close to you?

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#3 posted 01-12-2017 04:57 AM

Probably made by the same factory that supplies Grizzly, but not made by Grizzly. Some factories supply several brands/vendors.

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#4 posted 01-12-2017 05:18 AM



Probably made by the same factory that supplies Grizzly, but not made by Grizzly. Some factories supply several brands/vendors.

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Grizzly or more accurately Shiraz Balolia owns both Grizzly and Steelex, Steelex is a lower end brand vs Grizzly.

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#5 posted 01-12-2017 12:40 PM

Grizzly, Shop Fox and Steelex are all owned by Balolia. Grizzly is the direct purchase brand, while Shop Fox and Steelex are only sold through dealers. The Steelex name had been around, but they had dropped it from all machinery for a couple years. Late last year, the company re-introduced a whole line of Steelex. In outward appearance and specs on paper, they are identical to Shop Fox machines, but at a lower price.

I don’t know what the actual differences are between the two brands to cause the price difference. It might be lower quality parts with similar specs or what factory they are coming out of. My company is Shop Fox dealer, so I probably need to make a phone call to see if someone at their corporate offices can give some guidance.

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#6 posted 01-17-2017 12:58 AM

Tabletop, any luck in locating any current reviews on the Steelex planers? Looking for a 15” or 20” helical planer as well.

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#7 posted 01-17-2017 01:29 AM

It appears as if it is nearly identical to the grizz and shop fox, which have decent reviews. So, I bought it. I have the 20” and so far it is amazing, such an upgrade from my dewalt bench top 12 1/2” planer. I have only run about 50 bd ft of white oak and 175 bdft of walnut and I’m impressed so far. While running boards it’s not much, if any, louder than my table saw. It handled a 15” wide walnut board with no trouble at all. I thought I would write a better review after about 1000 bdft.

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#8 posted 01-17-2017 03:10 AM

I have been unable to find any reviews online, so thanks for the info. Looking forward to your next review, will make a decision in a few months on the 15 or 20 inch, need to upgrade from my 13” Ridgid benchtop.

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#9 posted 01-17-2017 11:27 PM

Tabletop, were the two main wheels in the base already mounted? Did you only have to attach the swivel caster wheel? Directions mention attaching all wheels when planer is lifted in the air, but no pictures are showing attaching the two main wheels. Thanks.

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#10 posted 01-18-2017 03:29 AM

On one side there are two fixed casters, already installed. You must add the lever and wheel on the other side.

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#11 posted 01-18-2017 09:04 AM

Thanks, worried about the weight and assembly. Called customer service, looks like I can remove the top planer assembly from the base for movement/placement and then reassemble.

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#12 posted 01-18-2017 02:01 PM

It’s not that bad. I did it with my father, 73 yrs old, and no forklift. Used 12’ 2×6 as “cheater bars” One end on a table with planer next to it. Run boards under lift rods on planer and me on other end of 2×6’s. I lifted and my dad moved the pallet from under it.

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#13 posted 01-20-2017 01:36 AM

Thanks for the help/info. Will make a decision this weekend. Any regrets for the purchase?

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#14 posted 01-20-2017 06:58 AM

Clue32, no regrets. A friend, cabinet maker, came to my shop today to use the planer. He has a big job and needs to make about 200 Alder raised panel doors. He had the panels glued up and needed to plane them all to same thickness. He had nothing but praise for the machine. Wants one himself.

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#15 posted 02-16-2017 10:18 PM

I’m new here but wanted to join in on the Steelex planer issue. Like others on here, I’m upgrading my shop and one thing is going from my 13” Delta lunchbox planer to a 15” helical head planer. In Charlotte, we have a couple of “dealers” in woodworking machines. I spoke with a guy at my “favorite” place to buy stuff like this and he told me that there was no difference what so ever between the Shop Fox and the Steelex brand. Identical. The only different was that the paint was a little different and had different nameplates on them. He couldn’t figure out why the price was so different, either. He sells both Shop Fox and Steelex.

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