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09-08-2017 08:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: gewalt grizzly planer 735 734 1033 foot benchtop

All,

I have been reading a ton from this site and the information I am finding is absolutely priceless. So, here I am, looking for some guidance, as a noob to this world.

I am looking at a couple planers right now. One being the newer Dewalt and the other being a late 80’s Grizzly. The grizzly is in pretty good condition, and runs like a good oiled machine. It is obvious that it is an older used machine. The iron is dark brown, some paint is worn, but it’s 30-40 years old.

Dewalt 735 with stand: 450
Grizzly 20” G1033: 700

I do this for fun, as a hobby. I do occasional jobs, like building an office desk or dining table or much smaller jobs like wall decor. I won’t be running thousands of BF through it every year, but also prefer to buy something that is going to last me a long time and be well worth the money and give me a great result.

Any thoughts? I really appreciate the help!

Jake


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#1 posted 09-08-2017 08:18 PM

well, you are comparing apples and oranges. The Grizzly will be the better performing machine if its tuned properly no doubt. I have a 735, and it is perfectly acceptable for light use, but there is no comparison to a heavy planer with an induction motor. If you have the room and power for the Grizzly, that would be my choice personally.

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#2 posted 09-08-2017 08:23 PM

Does that dewalt have the outfeed tables? Do you have a planer right now?
The dewalt will likely last you a long time. My older dewalt is going on 18 years old and I have replaced the drive belt once. I have used it a ton and it’s still going strong. When I build a bigger shop I will probably look for 15” or so.

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#3 posted 09-08-2017 08:23 PM

A lot of people including me have had very good results with the DW735. I have no complaints.

The Grizzly is in a different category and probably a good solid machine. While a 20” planer would be nice at times, I would not use it that much and it is a bigger machine and takes 220 AC. Also, will produce a lot of chips.

You need to ask the question about what you really need. Do you need a 20” planer for a hobby shop.

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#4 posted 09-08-2017 08:25 PM

That’s a Peterbuilt vs Chevy truck comparison. Capacity, cast iron, and horsepower are seldom less desirable.

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#5 posted 09-08-2017 08:30 PM

Grizzly

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#6 posted 09-08-2017 08:32 PM

As the rest have mentioned, it depends on what you really need and are set up for. The idea of getting the Grizzly is great as you would be set as long as you are able to tune it and do the maintenance to make sure it is running properly. The Dewalt, is enough machine for most of us and does a good job.

Ask yourself, do I do enough big stock that I’m going to regret getting the Dewalt? Do I do enough big stock to justify the Grizzly?

Only you can answer those questions.

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#7 posted 09-08-2017 08:53 PM

I own a 735 also with the extension tables, but you can’t really compare it to a big giant 20” Grizzly. If you have the room and power and it’s not trashed and going to need a bunch of rebuilding or blades, then it’s a steal for $700. Blades for a planer that size can get pricey.

For light/home/project use, the 735 is solid, I’ve used the crap out of mine and she’s still chuggin’ along. :)

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#8 posted 09-08-2017 10:12 PM

On second thought, if it’s in good shape I’d get the Grizzly even if it is overkill for my needs…. LOL

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#9 posted 09-08-2017 10:19 PM

Guys, thanks for all the excellent replies and suggestions!

Tay, the price you saw was for their 5hp model and spiral head. The one I’m looking at is a stock head and 3hp, though still a beast.

The grizzly runs and planes great. Some signs of wear and like I said the iron and steel show some rusty surface but I think could be cleaned up. I have 700, the 220 in my barn and I have the space but if the general consensus is, the dewalt will be a good machine that lasts me a long time and can perform 90% of the jobs I do, I suppose that would be the smart decision.

However, if you guys say to heck with common sense, get the beast! Then I may go that route. I tend to buy overly built powerful things, knowing that with proper care, they last.

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#10 posted 09-08-2017 10:22 PM

Another thing I have to consider is, I don’t know how to sharpen the blades myself. Nor do I have extensive knowledge on the machine, though I am mechanically inclined and could probably figure out how to maintain the beast.

Lastly, I like the finish the dewalt leaves. I don’t have a big drum sander. Can anyone give me an idea of what kind of finish the grizzly leaves?

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#11 posted 09-08-2017 10:39 PM

You’ve got the money, the power, and the space for the 20”, and there are times when I wish my DW735 was just a bit wider, but tell us what do you have for a jointer? If you don’t have a jointer or only have a 6” you may want to consider spending some of the cash for the jointer… but of course if you’ve got an old Oliver aircraft carrier than go for the 20” no question

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#12 posted 09-08-2017 10:41 PM

Chef, great question! I only have a 6” older craftsman planer.

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#13 posted 09-08-2017 10:56 PM



Another thing I have to consider is, I don t know how to sharpen the blades myself. Nor do I have extensive knowledge on the machine, though I am mechanically inclined and could probably figure out how to maintain the beast.

Lastly, I like the finish the dewalt leaves. I don t have a big drum sander. Can anyone give me an idea of what kind of finish the grizzly leaves?

- holderjc

why would you sharpen the knives yourself? Send them out, the cost is minimal and a 20” blade needs to be sharpened on machinery that can keep a blade that long straight. I will say that my 735 does leave a nice finish. I can’t speak for the Grizzly.

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#14 posted 09-08-2017 10:58 PM

Lastly, I like the finish the dewalt leaves. I don t have a big drum sander. Can anyone give me an idea of what kind of finish the grizzly leaves?

- holderjc

The Grizzly is a variation of an older Invicta/Delta
design. The first ones were only 13” wide but
later copies were in 15”, 16” and 20” sizes. The
planers have a 2-speed gearbox and with knives
in decent condition deliver a very nice finish with
only minor ridges.

You’ll seldom go wrong with buying more machine
than you need unless you run out of space or
need to sell quickly.

Even drum sanders leave ridges requiring further
orbital or hand sanding.

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#15 posted 09-08-2017 11:38 PM

Funny story – I have a 735 that’s been just fine. I’m still on the second side of the factory blades and it’s never given me any issues. However, I snagged a good deal on a G1033 earlier this week which will replace the dewalt. I (sort of) have the space and I have 220 – that was all I needed. It’s overkill for 90% of what I’ll put through it, but I’d rather have it and not need it…

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