Grizzly 13" Thickness Planer #G0689

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Forum topic by phil29072 posted 08-13-2010 07:25 PM 6037 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-13-2010 07:25 PM

I am needing a new thickness planer and have been looking at the Grizzly 13” model G0689. It seems to have a good technical spec and is reasonably priced. Has anyone had any experience with Grizzly products.


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#1 posted 08-13-2010 07:57 PM

Phil: I would be interested in any comments on this planer myself, it looks like a good machine for the money. One thing I do not like, is the 2 1/2” dust port. I would prefer a 4” port for my dust collection system. I have been looking at the Steel City machine and may go that way. The dewalt 735 is getting a bit pricy for me at 600.00 with infeed and out feed tables.

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#2 posted 08-13-2010 08:13 PM

Generally speaking Grizzly sells great products. HOWEVER, some of their stuff is just down right bad. (I.E. the drill press table that falls apart in humid climates), and unfortunately I have not seen many people with Grizzly planers… I wanted to chime in on the 2.5” dust port thing. I have a Ryobi with a 2.5” dust port and it ticks me off to no end. I have gotten a funnel type reducer to work miracles with this thing though. I got the reducer from my local woodcraft store. Wish it was marked with a MFG and part # so I could share it with you… That extra volume seems to make all the difference between a clogged planer, and planing happily away all day long, or at least until my dust bin fills up…

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#3 posted 08-13-2010 08:50 PM

In general, Grizzly is known to make some very good big tools. I have a Grizzly lathe and jointer that I like very much. Grizzly also has a reputation for making poor small tools.

I’d recommend the DeWalt 734. It is often overlooked because of the 735. In my opinion, the 734 is a great machine and perfectly adequate for the needs of most woodworkers. I have had a 733 (essentially a 734 with 2 knives instead of 3) for over 10 years and has never given me a problem. Also, the 734 is very reasonably priced.

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#4 posted 08-14-2010 02:24 PM

I have to agree woth rich. I have the 735 love it. It’s about 400.

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#5 posted 08-14-2010 02:33 PM

I just checked my local craigslist and there are 2 735’s for $400.

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#6 posted 08-14-2010 02:45 PM

I recommend taking a hard look at planers powered with AC induction motors. The planers with universal type motors all have noise levels above 90 dBA, a sound level that can rather rapidly, and permanently, cause hearing loss.

There are probably thousands of woodworkers who are not using heearing protection, or have inadequate protection, and are losing their hearing incrementally every day.

Evern though they are more expensive, the tools that run quieter are the best investments in the long run.

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