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Forum topic by therookie posted 06-02-2011 08:25 PM 1415 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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therookie

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06-02-2011 08:25 PM

I am looking for some info on the grizzly 15” polar bear series planer. Like what do people like, not like and how long have you used a grizzly planer thinking about investing in a used green one or a new white one. What does everyone think?

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#1 posted 06-02-2011 09:04 PM

I have the Grizzly G0454 20” planer and I love it. I have had it for a couple years now and have run alot of Bd Ft through it for myself and for friends. The knife changes were not bad but I upgraded it to a shellix head (I do not recommend doing this for anyone that is not mechanically inclined – you basically have to rebuild the cutter section of the machine) when the replacement heads were on sale (saved me $500.00 over buying the G0454Z). The shellix is a good cutter…but the blades did a very adequate job. I typically get very little snipe….no more or less then I did with the blades….but if you are very careful on how you set your depth…then carefully feed and retrieve…you can virtually elimimate it on one of these machines.

Now the big question is whether you plan to do alot of milling? These machines are good for doing alot of milling at a time….if you are just doing a few boards here and there…get the Dewalt 735…it is cheaper…smaller and very adequate for smaller hobby milling. These bigger machines take up alot of floor space….require very good dust control and require perfoming timely maintenance (oiling, sharpening…adjustment…etc).

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