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06-21-2018 07:53 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question planer milling

Hey Lj’s,

Another question to ask the experienced Lj’s in the know.

I am on the edge of purchasing a 15 inch 3 hp planer. I have a very early 12 inch Delta Lunch Box Planer. I have a number of Grizzly tools which serve me well. Grizzly techs have always been great. And it’s in my budget. The 15 inch is around a thousand dollars w shipping. Of course the 20 inch machines are more. And Grizzly has a decent product for not a lot of money.

Have acquired a 32 inch walnut tree that seems destine to be chainsaw milled by me. The only portable bandsaw mill in my area failed to call or show up. GRRRRR! My chainsaw and mill will limit cut size and I am 5ft 8 and shrinking. Getting woosie! Managing the materials by myself might create logistical problems?

I also have a 3/4 ton Pickup Load of Maple, and some Ash that has been drying forever. I do not expect to produce furniture and sculpture beyond the materials I will have, and I don’t expect to be a commercial wonder.

Been thinking about limitations and strengths vs. cost. And, before pushing the BUY Button I wanted to get your input of function, need, and worth, vs. use.

As always ! Thanks for the input and the help.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher


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#1 posted 06-21-2018 08:42 PM

Hi Tom
I know this is not what you’re asking for but It’s what I have and it works great if you can make it fit your budget.

http://www.grizzly.com/products/20-Planer-w-Spiral-Cutterhead/G0454Z

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 06-21-2018 08:47 PM

Jim,

I like it. What was your reasoning and does it have strengths and limitations in your experience. Thanks!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 06-21-2018 08:56 PM

Oh yeah, not in stock and possible by August.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 06-21-2018 08:57 PM

The 15” and 20” planer market is filled with many tools that are nearly same.
Decision on what to buy can be challenging.
Suggest you might find useful comments in this LJ thread:

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#5 posted 06-21-2018 09:03 PM

According to the CEO of Grizzly prices will be going up significantly on July 6th if the tariff issue isnt straightened out. FYI

-- But where does the meat go?

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#6 posted 06-21-2018 09:57 PM

Hey Tom…I have had a Grizzly 15” 3 hp planer G1021X2 for at least 10 years now and it has been a trouble free workhorse.

I did buy it with the carbide cutterheads and it will smoooooothly plane the hardest and most difficult grained woods out there. Each cutter can be rotated since it has 4 sides and the cutterheads to not come with the alignment difficulty normally present with single straight planer blades…

Whatever you decide i would highly recommend carbide for the cutters.

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself"

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#7 posted 06-21-2018 10:40 PM

Greg,

Thanks for the suggestion. What 15 inch planer do you have? The one I am looking at is in stock. did a search on Grizzly site and did not find carbide blades , They are offering Japanse made blades at 2x the price of the normal HHS.

Interesting they are on the newer version of your machine, but not available in directory? Had a 10 inch indexible but not 15?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 06-21-2018 10:41 PM

YesHavesome,

The sales person I talked to did not offer that information.

Thanks

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 06-21-2018 10:42 PM

CaptinKlutz,

Thanks!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 06-22-2018 02:20 AM

Tom
I really haven’t had any problems to report, it’s been a great machine and the spiral head is really great it cuts highly figured wood without any tearout , I’ve had mine for roughly 7 years and I still haven’t had to turn any of the blades. I have a 12” grizzly joiner with a spiral head for the same amount of time and I haven’t had to turn any blades on it either. I’m sure glad I paid the extra for the spiral head, no more messing with setting up jointer or planer blades and if one of my small square blades gets a nick all I have to do is loosen it and turn it to one of the other 3 blades on the same blade. It’s been my experience that Grizzly has machines on backorder on a regular basis, I think they keep their inventory low on certain machines.I’ve had to wait for some of my machines for a couple months in the past.I’ve always had great customer service from Grizzly also.

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#11 posted 06-22-2018 02:27 AM

Thanks!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 06-22-2018 03:26 AM

Greg,
An Oh Dah moment, LOL! your reference was similar to Jim’s, with the helical cutter head with carbide cutters.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 06-22-2018 03:54 AM

This is the one I have ... but when i bought it I paid about $1450 and it included the shippinhg. How prices have increased…


Greg,

Thanks for the suggestion. What 15 inch planer do you have? The one I am looking at is in stock. did a search on Grizzly site and did not find carbide blades , They are offering Japanse made blades at 2x the price of the normal HHS.

Interesting they are on the newer version of your machine, but not available in directory? Had a 10 inch indexible but not 15?

- DocSavage45


-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself"

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#14 posted 06-22-2018 04:04 AM

That.s a significant increase, but less than the other guys. The only one in stock is the bare bones for 995 plus tax and shipping. The other ones are slated for August maybe. And the prices may be going up in July due to tit for tat between countrys. The machines are made in China although motors are made in Taiwan.

Planned on buying with PayPal 6 month 0 interest. But cannot pay with it if product not in stock.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#15 posted 06-22-2018 04:37 AM

Grizzly has some sort of payment plan too.

https://www.grizzly.com/checkout/affirm/welcome

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos wood crafting & woodworking classes

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