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Forum topic by Praedo posted 01-20-2015 09:21 PM 1253 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Praedo

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01-20-2015 09:21 PM

Good day,

I have an opportunity to buy either a Grizzly G1033 20 inch planer for $800, or a Parks no 20 planer for about the same. They are both in excellent condition, and both run on single phase 220.

Which would you recommend?

Thank you!


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#1 posted 01-20-2015 09:33 PM

I can’t give a recommendation between the two, but that Parks planer is a beast of a machine and likely the last planer you would ever want as it will handle just about anything you could throw at it. It also has two speed ranges (for a total of 4 feed rates IIRC) compared to just two on the Grizzly. Good old american iron.. but at close to 1500 pounds (more than twice that of the grizzly), it might be a bit of a task to get it moved :)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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runswithscissors

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#2 posted 01-20-2015 10:59 PM

I’d consider whether you might want at some point to put in a helical/spiral head. The Grizzly will have one available for sure, but I have no idea about the Parks.

You could call or email Byrd to find out if one is available for that planer. The helical head with rotatable carbide cutters has huge advantages over straight knives.

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#3 posted 01-23-2015 04:07 AM

Thank you both for the replies. I’m pretty sure I’m going with the Parks. I ordered a trailer hitch for my truck. Once I get it I’ll rent a U-Haul with a ramp and go get the planer. The seller agreed to let me have it for $200 plus my DW-735 planer which I got at an auction for $300. In addition, he agreed to hold it for me for the cost of one of my walnut boards. This seems like an excellent deal.

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#4 posted 01-23-2015 04:42 AM

Excellent steal you mean :)

Both parties leave happy. Doesn’t get much better than that.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#5 posted 02-01-2015 07:29 PM

Thanks again for the replies. I just got the planer home and I’m looking to do a couple of things. First, a mobile base. I have a welder and I’m not afraid to use it, so I think I’m ready to do that. Second, I would like to make a better dust hood. It came with a homemade job, but it doesn’t work as well as I’d hoped. I would like to see how the factory one attaches to the planer, but I can’t find any pictures of one anywhere. Does anyone have an original dust hood that they can photograph so I can see how it should fit into the planer?

Thank you all again!

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#6 posted 02-01-2015 07:35 PM

Found at the vintagemachinery site:

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#7 posted 02-01-2015 11:26 PM

Yeah, that’s the only picture I could find. It doesn’t show how it hooks to the planer, though. Thanks for posting.

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#8 posted 04-13-2015 12:40 AM

I completely tore apart the planer, cleaned and lubricated everything, painted it, and reassembled. Here it is now:

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#9 posted 04-13-2015 12:52 AM

She a beauty.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#10 posted 04-13-2015 03:54 AM

thats a nice job

-- Deano

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#11 posted 04-13-2015 07:44 AM

Nice job. Locally, a guy had an old Parks 12” for sale. I believe it had a Sears plate on it, but it was clearly Parks. The price was very reasonable, and over time it went down. It came with a 110v. motor—rated at 24 amps, I believe. I don’t think they make motors like that any more. Oh, it also put out 1750 rpms, so it had a larger pulley on the motor compared to the cutter head. The motor, of course, could be replaced, but I took issue with the way the table was supported. It had 2 screw posts, like some lunchbox planers, and depended on close tolerances along each side for the table to slide without wobble. To me, that’s a dubious way to eliminate unwanted table movement. I found the owner’s manual online, and printed it out for the seller, thinking it might help him in his search for a buyer. Never heard how that turned out.

That one had no provision for a dust hood. I suspect that dust collectors for home shops weren’t around yet, and it was just assumed that the shavings would be shot out for the woodworker (or his/her assistant) to sweep up.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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