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Forum topic by bomberoman posted 12-07-2017 05:19 PM 265 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bomberoman

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12-07-2017 05:19 PM

Hello all,

This is my first purchase of a planer and I want to do it right. I’m looking at the Jet JWP-15HH helical head planer and the Grizzly G0453Z—15” 3 HP 240V Planer with Spiral Cutterhead. The Jet is almost $1k more. From what I’ve read both are made in the same plant and they look very similar with subtle differences. I’ve found good and bad reviews for both. The grizzly would be an online purchase, where my local Woodcraft would sell me the Jet. Local Woodcraft said they would help with any service if the need arises. I’ve been very leery about buying used planers off Craigslist because nobody around here works on them and I don’t want to spend the time and money to have to rebuild one. Is Jet really worth the $1k over the Grizzly, or is it kind of like GMC versus Chevy?

Opinions from owners of both would be most appreciated.


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#1 posted 12-07-2017 06:39 PM

Jet is the second line of PowerMatic and should be a very good machine. I think Grizzly products have improved tremendously in the last 10 years. I bought a Grizzly 17” band saw a couple of years ago and except that it takes an odd size blade (131.5”) it is quite well made. I have a PowerMatic 15” spiral planer and have been looking at changing the head to a helical head. I found that the replacement helical head (made by Byrd) is actually the same in both machines. You didn’t mention Grizzly’s planer with the helical head. They have one by Steelex for $100 less. Or adding a helical head to the Grizzley would be $500 more….still less than Jet.
Unless you are a commercial shop I think my decision would be for the Grizzly and use the $1k for something else.
PS the spiral blade works great and produces smooth cuts but the replacement blades are around $100. If you do a lot of planing that can add up.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 12-07-2017 07:51 PM

Thanks for the input Les. So spiral and helical are not the same thing?

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#3 posted 12-07-2017 08:28 PM

They are sometimes used interchangeably. Just pay attention to whether the inserts are skewed to the direction of travel or not. If so this is the true helical which gives youj a slicing cut and can be easier on tough grain. Others use inserts that are still square to the direction of travel but are arranged get in a spiral pattern arouind the head. I have a jointer like that and I feel like it is still easier on tough grain than regular knives, but I don’t have a fist hand comparison.

Recall also that a set of inserts is very expensive, but each has 4 cutting surfaces and carbide is typically harder and longer lasting than HSS. So in the long run it should save money on blades.

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#4 posted 12-07-2017 11:21 PM

I have a Jet cabinet saw for around 30 years and it is at least as good as a Delta Unisaw. They do sell some good stuff and even if it comes from the same manufacturer that supplies Grizzly, Jet has a better QA team. Jet seems to try to hold the price line forcing other companies, like Grizzly to lower quality in order to compete. I think Baileigh does the same.

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#5 posted 12-07-2017 11:35 PM



Thanks for the input Les. So spiral and helical are not the same thing?

- bomberoman


My error in description. When I referred to helical I meant those with carbide insert cutters (which are mounted in a helical pattern around the cutter head (the web site just refers to them as Helical) as opposed to spiral meaning a strips of a HSS blade that curves around the cutter head, also in a helical pattern.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#6 posted 12-09-2017 02:12 AM

To OP:
I have the Jet 15” HH planer. Purchased from Rockler earlier this year when 10% off, free lift gate delivery, and no sales tax (I’m in Virginia) ($2479 delivered). Very happy with the machine. My previous planner was DW735. The JET runs quiet (IMO) and can handle figured walnut without tear out. While it costs more than the grizzly model you referenced, the Jet comes with 5yr warranty and the head is very similar to Byrd Shelix heads. The grizzly referenced has a segmented cutter head, but the cutters contact the wood much like a solid straight blade head. I’ve included a pic of the head in my machine. Based on my experiences with it so far, I would buy it again even if I had to pay full price and delivery. Each cutter has a radius edge equal to a 4” radius, IIRC and each cutter is indexed at a 14-degree angle to the feed direction of stock. This in combination with the radiused edged makes a very clean shearing cut into wood.

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