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Forum topic by Marcus posted 05-20-2013 05:09 PM 647 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Marcus

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05-20-2013 05:09 PM

does anyone know if there is a recent comparison of 15” planer offerings out there? Looking to maybe move that direction, but I can not find anything independent that actually compares the different brands to each other.


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 05-20-2013 06:54 PM

I have not seen one. To be honest, I doubt there’s that much difference between them. When I bought my Delta (2001) there were 2 basic designs; the motor would be below the table, or on top of the cutterhead. I wanted it on top of the cutterhead so my tables would stay at a constant height, thinking I wouldn’t be adjusting my infeed/outfeed stands with every cut. Over the years, I’ve yet to use an infeed or outfeed stand…..so my brilliant thinking wasn’t so much. If I was buying today and didn’t have a brand I was loyal too…I’d consider them basically even and look for the best deal (including any delivery considerations). I’d also suggest a spiral cutterhead. I wound up installing one on my Delta because they didn’t come with ‘em back then. If you see yourself focusing in on a particular one, ask about that model here and get first hand info.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#2 posted 05-20-2013 07:04 PM

Thanks for the feedback, Fred. One of the main reasons for looking at a 15” is to go to a spiral head. Grizzly is in the lead amongst the brands for the exact reasons you gave. I really just wish there were some independent testing saying “Grizzly is as good as Jet” or “Grizzly’s cut is awful” that would sway me one way or the other.

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#3 posted 05-21-2013 12:12 AM

I agree with Fred in that they are all mainly equal. I have a preference for Woodmaster since we have a 25” and a 12” woodmaster, but the woodmaster cost more and would not be in the same class as the 15” planers you are looking at. I am personally in the market for a planer 18” to 24” and prefer to find a woodmaster, but am not hopeful my budget will allow for a 3rd woodmaster. So whichever planer meeting my requirement found on CL or at an auction in the next couple of months will be the one. I hope for a woodmaster, maybe a Powermatic or Delta. I missed on an auction today where a 24” Delta planer went for 725.00 and had a 7.5 hp motor, that would have been perfect.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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#4 posted 05-21-2013 12:25 AM

Yeah, I’ve been keeping an eye out for a 15” (ish) planer w/ a spiral head, but they’re just not to be found. Or at least not in a reasonable time. There is a regular 15” jet on auction that is tempting me, but I keep telling myself that the upgrade is for the spiral head.

I’ve never used a woodmaster, but saw a 12” for sale locally here. I think they’re asking $1100 for it…just doesnt make sense for my hobby use.

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#5 posted 05-21-2013 12:44 AM

1100 seems like a lot for a 12” planer, but maybe it is worth it as a molding machine. As a planer it is a bit undersized as we end up planing a lot of panels over 12” wide.

We use our 12” woodmaster for molding only. We only gave 320.00 for it on CL.

As for the spiral cutter head, I have always wanted one myself. I have no experience with that type of cutter head but heard good things.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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wbrisett

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#6 posted 05-21-2013 12:52 AM

Marcus: I just posted a review of the Grizzly cutterhead T10128 in my 15” Shopfox. It’s not exactly what you’re looking for, but may help.

http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/3406

I can tell you that I absolutely love the new cutterhead. I took in two scraps of wood I planed. One with the older cutterhead and one with the new cutterhead. The two folks who do woodworking were amazed at the difference. :)

Well worth getting the cutterhead out of the gate if you can afford it.

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#7 posted 05-23-2013 08:49 PM

Another vote for Woodmaster, particularly if you can find a good deal on one which I see occasionally on CL. You have the added bonus of being able to use it as a drum sander for occasional use, and I occasionally convert mine over for this purpose. If you end up visiting Collins Brothers Lumber in Northfield (per your live edge lumber thread) you can see his WM in action.

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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#8 posted 05-23-2013 09:25 PM

There is a 15” Powermatic planer with spiral head cutter in like new condition on www.machinerymax.com right now. Might be worth looking at.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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Straightbowed

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#9 posted 05-24-2013 03:17 AM

just get the spiral cutterhead, and you will be in heaven wish I had one so I wouldn’t have to mess with those darn blades

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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Warner

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#10 posted 05-24-2013 04:37 AM

I recently purchased a 13” planer & 8” jointer with granite tables—both with spiral heads from Steel City. I have run pine, Douglas fir, cherry, oak, & walnut thru them. I am pleased with both. Prices were about $600 & $1100, respectively, on last winter’s sale flyer.

SC also makes 16” & 20” spiral head planers. Steelcitytoolworks.com

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