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Forum topic by RockyTopScott posted 02-24-2014 02:12 PM 679 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-24-2014 02:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: planer grizzly wixey

Has anyone installed one of these on a Grizzly G0453Z or similar Grizzly model?

I would appreciate any tips or pictures you might have on how you did your install. Thanks

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell


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#1 posted 02-24-2014 02:19 PM

http://www.wixey.com/remote-planer/fit/index.html

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#2 posted 02-24-2014 03:10 PM

I have one on my G0453PX, same planer, just the polar bear version.

Here are some details:

Drilled and tapped two holes into the cast iron side wing of the infeed table for the bracket that holds the sliding sensor unit. The two empty threaded holes were from the iGaging DRO I used to have on this planer.

Drilled and tapped two holes in the switch wiring column for the bracket that holds the readout track.

I mounted the digital readout on the left side gear cover. I mounted it using velcro tape so I could remove it easily if needed.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 02-24-2014 03:22 PM

Thanks mark, I had not looked at your option, but I do like it.

The drill bits they sent me with the gauge won’t drill thru the cast iron real well…did you use something else?

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#4 posted 02-24-2014 03:47 PM

I just used standard HSS drill bits sized for the taps I used. It took a while, but they got the job done. Remember to use some cutting oil (I used 3in1).

-- Mark

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#5 posted 02-24-2014 04:19 PM

I guess if I did not want to drill/tap I could use some epoxy and it should hold.

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#6 posted 02-24-2014 05:04 PM

I have a Wixey DRO attached to my G0454Z. It’s not the one with a remote readout however. I had to make a bracket and drill and tap a hole or two. It’s not perfect, but I’m pleased with the results.

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#7 posted 02-24-2014 07:36 PM

Don’t… I hate mine. ;^)

I love the Wixey Angle Box, the caliper is handy, but after two years, every time I plane I wish I still had my plain old needle on the scale. If I could find my needle, I’d put it back and give the digital readout away.

I’d rather just plane my stock in bunches. If I really need another part after moving the cutter, I just sneak up on it. 99% of the stock I plane doesn’t need to be within a few thou, so I don’t really care for the readout and see it as kind of a gimmick. I’m glad I didn’t pay very much for it.

-- It's all good, if it's wood...

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#8 posted 02-24-2014 07:53 PM

I have the WR510 “Digital Planer Readout.” Mine works great. If I set it for .785, I can caliper the lumber and it’ll be .785.

The remote one looks nicer for large planers. If I have to plane anything thicker than 4 or 5 inches, I’ll have to disconnect mine.

With the style I have, there is an easy calibration method. I don’t know how the one with the remote readout is calibrated.

Oh, and yes, the bit supplied with the thingy was not usable. I used a “cobalt” coated bit and had no problem.

-Ocelot

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#9 posted 02-24-2014 07:56 PM

The remote calibrates the same way I think.

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#10 posted 02-24-2014 10:02 PM

When you’re running the wire for the remote readout, be sure you don’t get too close to the motor. Stray magnetic impulses from the motor will make the thing go crazy.

I put the remote model on my Jet JJP 12HH because the planer goes up to 8 inches high, and the standard one wouldn’t go more than 6”. I really like it on this machine because it makes it quick and easy to recover a planer setting when switching between functions.

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#11 posted 05-19-2014 07:35 PM

Hi

I think that I am being really dumb, or am really tired. Just installed my Wixey remote readout on my Jet JPS160 thicknesser. I just can’t get my head around the calibration. Ok, so I thicknessed a piece of lumber, cut a cross section, then moved the small bracket away from the big one and inserted the piece and calibrated to zero. As the cutter head on this machine moves and not the base plate things will be inverted. Do I move the big section with the black knob or the small section, and when this is done do I lock it in the new position??

Thanks in advance
Tobias

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#12 posted 05-19-2014 08:11 PM

Wow!! I am tired! Just reread the idiot sheet and presto!
Cheers
Tobias

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#13 posted 05-19-2014 08:25 PM

Been there and done that…we all do.

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