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Forum topic by Steve Rosenlund posted 02-19-2012 09:51 PM 3841 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-19-2012 09:51 PM

These two planers appear to be identical in every way with the exception of the color and a few trim pieces (knobs and rollers and a couple trim pieces). Also the Powermatic comes with the Byrd Shelix Cutterhead while the Grizzly has it’s own helical head. I’ve heard that the grizzly works better than the Byrd for board smoothness. Even if the Byrd is better, i could buy it from Grizzly for $875 which would still make the Grizzly $400 cheaper than the Powermatic.

Do any of you have experience with both of these? I was planning on getting the Powermatic 209HH

but now that i’ve done a side by side comparison, I’m leaning towards the Grizzly. Your thoughts?


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#1 posted 02-19-2012 10:08 PM

There both made in the same factory, Geetech. Really they are just different colors. This style planer design is a Geetech design.(Asian) Been around since the early 90’s. I’m a Delta fan,and like there 15” planer. An American Design. In this day and age most of the major brands last about the same time Quality is the same. I would go with the grizzly. You save $400.00 and put it towards another tool. If you don’t need a 20” planer I would look at Delta’s X5 15” planer. Been around since the 70”s.

Take Care, Michael Frey
Portland, OR

FREY WOODWORKING INC.

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#2 posted 02-19-2012 10:12 PM

Well no I don’t NEED the 20”. But I really WANT the 20”. :)

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#3 posted 02-20-2012 01:01 AM

They look the same ,but in many ways are they different.

Open up 2 pages on your computer and compare specs.

Also , I would stay with the 20” planer.

Where are you getting it from ?

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#4 posted 02-20-2012 03:01 AM

If I go with the powermatic I will get it from Woodcraft. I would get the grizz from grizzly.
It looks like the powermatic comes with 4 speeds (they include a gear that you can change out) and all the other specs are identical or near to it. It also does come with a 5 year warranty.
Grizzly comes with a 1 year warranty.

Powermatic 209hh $4200 plus tax ~$350 = ~4550 not sure if they will charge shipping.
Grizzly g1033x $3200 to my door including lift gate.

Is the extra warranty worth $1300.

One alternative is to get the powermatic 209 straight blade and later upgrade to the Byrd head.
Powermatic 209 $2800 to my door.

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#5 posted 02-20-2012 06:15 AM

Those little differences make a difference.

I would absolutely go with the spiral cutterhead on the powermatic. Straight blades are a thing of the past. People with straight knives will disagree.

You most likely won’t see a great deal of difference in planing on shelix or griz cutterhead.

I don’t know where you are located ,but before you order from woodcraft ,check to see if you have an industrial woodworking machinery dealer in your area. Most dealers do carry powermatic and other manf. Your service will be better .

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#6 posted 03-06-2012 02:01 AM

go grizzly. save the money for an ira or something. i filled my shop with grizzly and have never regretted it

-- Dont carry that which you dont hold with.

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