Grizzly G1037Z - 13" Planer/Moulder
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I bought this planer about 6 months ago. It has a much better feel than any bench top i have used. I had the dewalt 735 and this just seems much better built, its heavier and has more power for sending rough sawn lumber through it.
I have not used it as a molder yet but also liked that i will have that capacity when i get to the final stages of my renovation. I will use this machine to create every bit of woodwork throughout the house.
I recently tried the other gear set to slow the feed rate down however. I was planing some air dried red oak that i milled with some figure, my knives arent to sharp anymore and i was getting alot of chipout. Swapping the gears took about a minute and no more tearout!
You will not be disappointed if you buy this machine. No its not a 3 or 5hp machine but the motor does not overload and pop the breaker like my dewalt did every time i was trying to plane roughsawn.
I have had three of these machines. The first one was bought in 1999 and is still in uses today. The second in 2002, both of these were the older model with the motor on the top. The third was in 2007. I use them for moulding never for planning. I make custom siding, I run about 100000 to 125000 feet of siding a year. I replaced the 2002 model with the 2007 just because of the motor placement I added a 3hp motor. The 1999, having well over a million feet of material run thru it, will be replace some time next year. The gearbox is just wore out. I will replace it with a 1037Z, I will not consider any other brand or model. 2007 still running very well. This design in just bullet proof.
I have used this item many times and have had a perfect finished product every time
We so far really enjoy working with the planer/moulder. We have yet to figure out how to use the moulder.
This machine is built very solid. It does not vibrate around while in use. It performs like a larger planer. It produces a smooth uniform surface on hardwoods and softwoods alike. I have had this machine for a short period of time and have not produced any molding yet. Although, I plan on using it to make custom molding. I am confident that it will produce quality moldings judging by it's performance as a planer.