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Forum topic by Grampa posted 06-17-2009 04:07 PM 1384 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-17-2009 04:07 PM

Ok, now I’m perplexed, I had made up my mind to purchase a new G0454z spiral head or the 1033x spiral head planer from Grizzly, after talking to them this am, I’m not sure. They told me that the shc were not made to be a finish planer and that most need sanding.

I have almost always sanded after planing anyway, but wondering if these need more agressive sanding. I know this has been discussed a lot, and I don’t want to beat it to death again, BUT, could some of you guys that have these reiterate your feelings, again.

Thanks, Doug

The difference between these two: the G1033X is closer to the shelix cutter head with the knives set at an angle. But he told me there is little noticeable difference in the “surface cut” between the two.

-- -- Doug H, MI

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#1 posted 06-17-2009 04:41 PM

I have a 20 inch planer that has the Byrd head, this is the one with all the little triangular carbide inserts in rows across the cutter head. Now keeping in mind that a planer is used to decrease the thickness of lumber, there will most always be a need for sanding. I bought one of the earlier Byrd heads and have always noticed very light lines down the length of the board. This was easily remidied with an orbital sander and some 120 grit paper.
About a year after i got the planer, I had purchased a Fox 26” double drum sander. With 100 grit on the front drum, and 150 grit on the rear drum.
I buy all my lumber rough, then mill it down to 3/4”, 1”, 2” or what ever, but I leave it a little strong, then I store it. When I am ready to use it I then run it through the sander.

Either tool you choose will be a great addition to your shop !!!

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#2 posted 06-17-2009 04:55 PM

i am also trying to get info about this , and talked with grizzly yesterday .
to me the thought that all i need is the enlosed t wrench to spin cutters is right on !
i have spent countles hours adjusting standard cutters over the years , only to have them tweek out at the last minuet ,
and have to start again ! inevitably you get washboard this way anyway !
have also used disposablade , and it is much better . but you still have to take them out to re insert the sharp blade .
just loosening a 4 sided blade and turning in place sounds like the way to go !
back to work in minuets !
count me in .
sanding is just a part of woodworking , so i look forward to the ezz (?) of the spirals .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 06-17-2009 07:27 PM

I have the 20” Grizzly spiral head planner, 5 HP extreme duty G1033X. HANDS DOWN, NO COMPARISION, TO ANY PLANNER OUT THERE, THE BEST! (my opinion) Mine produces a glass like finish, very little sanding. NEVER ANY TEAR OUT. I run Curly Hard and Soft Maple daily and have never had a spot of tear out. Believe me I ruined plenty of tiger maple on the straight knife. End grain cutting board? no problem it eats them for breakfast. One pass very NICE. It took me almost a year before I rotated the teeth, I still have 2 sides to go. I also bought the Spiral Head 12” jointer, just as nice. This is the only way to go. You will not be sorry.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#4 posted 06-17-2009 08:23 PM

Thanks guys, I’m probably going to have a new G1033X soon.

-- -- Doug H, MI

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#5 posted 06-17-2009 08:42 PM

That-a-boy Doug, good choice!

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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