|Forum topic by Sparks8286||posted 02-22-2015 09:02 PM||4714 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
02-22-2015 09:02 PM
I’ve been put on the wait list for this new planer that Grizzly has. It’s a new model this year and it’s not supposed to ship until March 13th. Based on similar models made by other manufacturers it appears to be very a very solid design and I don’t think I’ll have a problem with stability given the 65 lb. weight. I was looking for a used DeWalt DW735X 13” planer (http://www.grizzly.com/products/DW735X-13-inch-Planer-with-3-Knives-and-2-Speeds/T22222), but there aren’t many available in this area (which makes me think it’s good enough to make people want to hang on to them) and the used ones that are for sale aren’t much cheaper than a new unit (the cheapest one I found was $425 and it looked like it was beat to crap). Frankly, it’s just a little too out of my budget. I’ve never owned a Grizzly tool before and I ALWAYS want to look and touch tools before I buy them, but on my brothers advice I decided to go ahead and order this one. Not to mention it’s a LOT more budget friendly than most of the used planers I’ve looked at. I’ve looked at the DeWalt DW734 (http://www.grizzly.com/products/DW734-12-1-2-Planer-w-3-Knives/H5341), but there’s more flex in the body than I’m comfortable with and a lot of models with that same/similar design seem to have the same issue. That reason has steered me away from the Grizzly G0505 (http://www.grizzly.com/products/12-1-2-Planer/G0505). I think it’s just too tall for the footprint it has. I have a better gut feeling about something that has a design that’s a little more squatty.
I called and talked to the guys at Grizzly before I placed my order. I asked about a spiral cutter head upgrade and I was told that they didn’t have any information about that at the time, but given the fact that there are spiral cutters for the G0505 model I believe it won’t be long before that option is available for this benchtop model (if someone hasn’t started on that already). It’s possible that the spiral head for the G0505 model is compatible with the G0790…they’re both 12 1/2” models. I don’t know for sure if I ever will upgrade the cutter head, but given that this is the first planer I’ve bought and the stock cutter only has two knives, I’d like to know that I at least have the option.
What I’m looking for is advice, opinions and any knowledge about planers that I can gain from people more experienced than I am. What should I be concerned about or specifically look for when purchasing a planer? Is there anything that jumps out at you that should make me want to think twice about this? I know it doesn’t have infeed/outfeed tables, but I’m planning on building a portable base for it that will include infeed/outfeed tables so I don’t consider that to be a deal-breaker.
Thank you in advance to anyone that can help me learn more!
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