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Forum topic by jen posted 11-17-2008 09:06 PM 1146 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-17-2008 09:06 PM

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I’m looking to buy a 15”+ planer for my shop. So far, I’ve been looking at Grizzly, Jet and Powermatic, both new and used. I expect that the planer will be used about 8 hours per week. I’m looking to spend up to about $1,800.00. I’m replacing a Ridgid 12”. Need something much more heavy duty. Any recommendations?

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#2 posted 11-19-2008 08:51 PM

My planer is an old 60’s 16” powermatic cs. It is a nice heavy machine, well made and easy to adjust. I don’t have much experience with the newer stuff but from what I’ve heard the more weight a machine will have the less it will vibrate, which can result in a cleaner cut. For $1,800 you could undoubtedly fine a good used 18” or bigger planer. Also, I would suggest finding the biggest motor you can run for it. Mine is 3hp 3 phase motor and it can tend to bog down on the wider cuts unless you make a bunch of light passes. The main drawback of the older machines in my opinion is they are heavy and difficult to move and most of them will come with a 3 phase motor. Unless you’ve got a converter or some electrical experience to make one, this can be an added expense.

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#3 posted 11-19-2008 10:48 PM

I have 12 inch grizzly for about 18 years , replaced 1 bearing and a few sets of knifes. no other problems and now I got a 15 inch grizzly G1021z, have had it about 5 years know no trobble with it , 3HP 220 volt It can realy plane wood no snipe what so ever.If I had to buy another one it would be a grizzly.mMine is like the 1021x only difference is the spiral cutting head, mine is a stright 3 blade cutting head.I hear the spiral cutterhead is much better. You cant go wrong 1695.00 and 139.00 shipping . good luck

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#4 posted 11-21-2008 06:56 PM

I have a Jet 15 inch, 3HP Model that I bought at an auction sale two years ago. I only bought it because it was very cheap but now I would not want to be without it, It Seems like it works well for me, I’ve not yet changed knives in it. Used it for a very big bunch of almost rotten cedar fence boards and it cleaned them up well, also used with a few hardwood projects.

Makes a LOT of noise and that makes me feel good!

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#5 posted 11-25-2008 08:12 PM

Sunhill has a 15in going for under $700, probably came out of the same factory as the others…

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#6 posted 11-26-2008 08:30 PM

Woodmaste 18” 5 H.P. motor. Will out last you and service is great. The only place I know that you can call and talk to someone who has built that machine.

-- Owner of custom millwork shop

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