Grizzly G0453Z - 15" 3 HP 240V Planer with Spiral Cutterhead
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Nice planer. Has plenty of power. Upgraded from a Rigid 13" so still getting used to the Grizzly and all its nuances.
Only complaint so far is the straight dust chute. Parts breakdown shows it's supposed to be angled to one side and an angled chute makes more sense unless your collection hose is coming down from above otherwise supported so it doesn't droop in front of the outfeed table as mine does. Currently, the wood feeds from my outfeed table right into the hose. May have to see if I can jury rig a quick-connect 90 elbow to solve this.
Now I have two green machines. I am painting my work benches green. I am using Grizzly Green plastic laminate on my bench tops. Give me a year, and, I will have a workshop full of Grizzly Green. (The popular 8-inch jointer has been ordered-I can hardly wait till it arrives.
I have use the planner for about a mouth with no issues, UPS did there best to destroy the creat but all was well inside.
I had purchased a Woodmaster 718 with the helical cutter head several years ago as I was prepping to re-model our kitchen and my 13" yellow portable planer just wouldn't have made it through 1200 board feet of 1" rough white oak and maple. Looked at the Grizzly G0453Z but wanted the 18" capacity of the Woodmaster. What a mistake. No matter how many times I checked tolerances I couldn't get accurate and even planing across the boards. When I finally tired of messing with it every time I used it I sold off the Woodmaster and all its accessaries and said good riddance.
I looked again at the G0453Z. After comparing a couple other major competitors I took the plunge and made the purchase and after two months of use I have had no regrets. The delivery was awesome with the driver using a pallet jack, wheeled the machine into my garage and then helped me remove the plywood crate before leaving. After removing it from the the pallet, completing the assembly and removing shipping grease and oil I checked and added gear oil and was ready to check tolerances before planing for the first time. Using a 1x10 maple board I fired the planer up. The first thing I notice is it was probably a full 20 percent quieter than my old Woodmaster. The in-feed roller took a good firm hold of the board and pulled it through with no slippage. There was very little noticeable planing marks even on the faster feed rate. Using a digital caliper I measured the board along the length of both edges and found only one-one thousandth of an inch variance near mid-length of the board and probably caused by the out-feed end of board dropping about 3 inches (my fault there). Adjusted the out-feed support and ran the board through again. Using the calipers again found the board thickness was consistent along both edges the length of the board. Yep I'm a happy camper! All I can say is what a difference a DEDICATED 3hp planer makes! I am very happy with the G0453Z and kick myself for not doing this 3 years ago/ I own a Powermatic PM2000 5hp tablesaw and MINIMAX 16" bandsaw, with a Oneida dust collection system and all I can say is my Grizzly is a great addition to my workshop.
I have a great source for rough kiln dried wood. I needed a planer to surface rough wood. I considered the lunch box style planers, but planing wood is a critical step in any project. This planer kicks butt. The spiral cutterhead give a glass like surface. Right out of the box the planer was on spec. Used my rotacator to check everything, filled the gear box up with oil, and got the in feed and out feed tables aligned and just like that I was planing my rough lumber. Plenty of power and this thing is quiet. I use mostly red oak and cherry for my projects and this planer doesn't have any problems with either. It is heavy so be prepared for that. Once set up it glides along nicely on the built in mobile base. I love this machine. Worth every penny.
My 12" planer just wasn't cutting it. I was planing 12"boards for siding for my garage, needed something that could handle the task . The upgrade had been needed for sometime.It now fits among the other Grizzly tools ,band saw, table saw ,drill press ,sander, jointer and shaper .The planer does a fantastic job on the rough cut pine, can't wait to do some hardwood . Great product.... two thumbs up!
Does a great job and it is much quieter than the DeWalt that I had for the past 12 years.
I bought one for myself a couple of years ago and I liked it so much, I bought one for my son for his birthday earlier this year. It does a super job. Boards come out very smooth regardless of the grain pattern.
I placed an order for the G0453Z in February 2018 and received it in May 2018 - backordered.
The planer was packed well and arrived undamaged. Instruction manual is clearly written and organized in a logical manner. The spiral cutterhead was missing one blade and screw, but tech/parts support sent a set up very quickly. So far so good.
Excellent product. I've had it a month and already ran 300 board feet of Hickory through it. Could not be more pleased!
This planer was purchased based on videos by woodworkers actually using what they considered a great buy because of price, performance, quiet operation, and the spiral carbide cutters.
Due to the machine being backordered, it arrived after we had returned to our Iowa home. Friends have unpacked the machine, saying all looks good.
So with not having been put into operation yet, a true evaluation can not be made.
Had to wait several months after ordering, well worth the wait. I had a huge pile of dried oak boards in my garage that had to be planed. I've ran the planer over 7 hours total since receiving it. It is awesome, planes great. Setting up the planer took about 2 hours. Very quiet operation, I can run inside my shop while it is hooked up to vacuum system. Can move it around easily mounted wheels.
Only complaint, the dust hood is located in the wrong place. Should discharge out of the side, it's just in the way.
So far I have enjoyed this planer quite a bit. It works very well and is a huge improvement over my previous lunchbox style planer. However, I did have some problems during setup. The overall finish quality of the planer is poor. I had paint flaking off in a few areas. Also when I went to install the dust hood the threads were so caked in paint that I couldnt get the bolts in! I actually had to pull out a set of taps and retap the holes in my brand new planer! Once I finally got everything dialed in the machine runs well. Just have to overlook the paint chips.
I'm just amazed at the quality of the surfaces after using this plane. It's amazingly quiet compared to my old lunchbox planer. I don't even need ear plugs.
I have had this planer for 4 and one half years and yesterday I finally decided to rotate the carbide cutter heads. It was still cutting well but I started to notice slight tear out in figured grains. I finished today and I'll tell you it took some effort but when I ran the first piece back through, after rotating the cutter heads, it was like a brand new machine. Much smoother and much quieter.
I am a hobbyist woodworker so I don't plane as much as a professional woodworker but I do give the planer an occasional workout. My only problems have been a leaky gasket that I can't seem to stop but I'm not going to the trouble to disassemble the gearbox and fix it and when I rotated the heads, 3 screw heads broke off and I had to extract them with a special tool. Some other minor things about the planer I have just managed to overlook or learn to work around.
Over all, the little bench top planers that I had before don't compare to what this planer can do. It's powerful, has 2 speeds, it's quiet, very little tear out, relatively easy to work on, heavy duty, and YOU DON"T HAVE TO ADJUST BLADES!!!! I still love it after 4.5 years.
P.S. I got the Byrd Shelix cutter head for my 8" jointer and now it's a dream machine, too!!!
I upgraded from a Dewalt DW735 planer to the Grizzly G0453Z and it is proving to be a very good decision. The planer was on back order for some time, but it was well worth the wait. The setup takes some effort but once I got everything dialed in, the results are excellent. The feed is powerful and I have found that I can easily send and receive boards when working alone. No snipe. Smooth cuts at either speed with no tear out on the large lengths of white oak that I've been planing. When I take really light passes, say 1/64", I can see some faint outfeed roller marks, but this is well within expectations and nothing that can't be quickly removed with light sanding. Reasonably quiet operation. My dust collection is louder than the noise produced by the cutting head. Changing the gear oil is a little tricky, but not too bad once you figure it out.
Grizzly has always been known for solid equipment, and the G0453Z is no exception. It arrived packaged well with minimal damage to the outer crate from UPS Freight. I purchased the spiral cutter right up front on this unit vs. buying aftermarket from Byrd Tool or something. Even though the Shelix has a differentiating feature, it made sense to me to have Grizzly install their version, since I don't have experience with these cutter heads yet and didn't know what to expect. There are lots of videos reviewing this product, and I'd agree that I experienced what most others have, as documented in their videos.
I do have to mention that I also experienced disappointment by the outfeed roller imprinting fine impressions in the wood due to its serrated design. I'm sure this was engineered to firmly grip the wood to aid in drawing it through the cutter knives, but it certainly isn't desirable for the finish passes. Grizzly does offer a rubber outfeed roller (#T28060) for $80 to replace the serrated-steel, so plan on adding that to the price of the unit if you expect to be offended by these fine impressions in your freshly planed material. Since Grizzly acknowledges the issue, I suggest Grizzly offer a choice in outfeed roller when purchasing. I haven't swapped to the rubber roller yet, but I'm told it is a better option. Keep in mind that, with all planers, this will likely get built up with pitch and other contaminates over time and will be subject to deterioration, whereas the steel will not as quickly.
I was very pleased that the G0453 was quieter than the 'lunch box' planers and has a no-nonsense approach to their settings and features. It's straight forward to assemble and get up and running quickly. Mine came more assembled from the factory than what the manual described, so that was a time saver. Be prepared to spend some time de-greasing the unit as described in the manual and run scrap wood at first. After cleaning what I could, I planed a 4' scrap piece of construction 2x6 down to 1/4" thickness to be sure all the oils on the surfaces had been hit with sawdust to absorb the remaining oil and discharged. And also check the transmission oil level. Mine was empty for shipment, so be sure to check that and add, if necessary.
I'm looking forward to becoming more familiar with the unit and learning how it likes to run best. On recommendation of "Unemployed Redneck Hillbilly Creations", I installed a Wixey WR550 as soon as I got the planer set up. I'm very pleased with this and it makes adjustments much quicker and precise.
Thanks for the quality product, Grizzly.
This planer with a sprial cutterhead is a must. Great on the ears, you can hold a conversation. Takes a little time to set up, like everything else, first piece of wood that I planed, was awesome. Grizzly fan for life, great equipment for a great price, 6 STARS
Wish this machine came with a digital read out. Very hard to reproduce exact thickness...Other wise this is my second one and is a very nice planer.
this machine planes well but infeed falls short with multiple pieces at the same time also the oil resivoir was very low when I recieved the machine make sure you check oil level before using
I've had this planner 2 years and I love it. Its powerful, fast and easy to use. Iv'e had no problems with it.
Getting the oil in the gearbox during installation was a bit intimidating. I got a large oral syringe from a drug store and hooked it up to some tubing. It took a while but worked good.
I purchased this about a month ago. This was a n upgrade to my 20+ year old Delta 12 planer. What a fine quality piece of machinery. The Spiral Cutterhead is such a great feature of this tool. And I could not believe how quite it runs. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a great planer and a great price.
My Planer came with a blown bearing. Grizzly was extremely quick at sending me out an upgraded bearing that should have already came in the machine. The metal out feed roller causes deep embossing. I called tech support and was told they would look into sending me a rubber out feed roller and I have been waiting for them to call me back for over 2 weeks. I recently went to rotate the carbide tips and I stripped the bolt holding one of the tips using the tool that Grizzly provided. I then broke the tip of the tool off trying to removed another carbide tip... they were definitely over tightened in factory.
Apple Country Woodcrafters, NPO, replaced an underpowered yellow colored planer with this G0453Z and we could not be happier. It is so quiet we can carry on a conversion when we are standing next to it.
I like this planer and it certainly does the job I anticipated. One thing I dislike about the planer is the low quality of the dust collector hood. It is made of flimsy thin gauge sheet metal and the hose connector portion is aimed straight instead of angled right or left.
The raising and lowering of the machine is downright dangerous. IE: If it is raised and you wish to lower it, you MUST put your foot UNDER the lever to release the UP-LOCK.
When you do this, the machine comes SLAMMING down in a horrendous way and makes a hell of a noise. I see NO way to solve this problem without redesigning a VERY poor mechanical design. Which I suppose I will have to do to keep the machine from bashing itself to pieces.
Also:raising and lowering of the table makes all kind of mechanical noises. I was unable to determine why. In addition the shaft attached to the handle, wobbles badly when raising or lowering.
Thirdly: Installing the dust chute, is a joke. Poorly designed.
Finally: the outfeed roller, leaves marks on the stock. It is my understanding that others have complained about this. Outfeed rollers should NOT be serrated; as this one is. Also; it is my understand that Grizzly is aware of this, and future modes will come with smooth outfeed rollers. But get this: IF any customer wants to replace the serrated roller and install a smooth roller; even if it is brand new; Grizzly WILL charge them $79.00 dollars plus shipping. I KNOW this because I asked them to do it at their cost, and they refused.
I bought this after looking at the Powermatic (exact model except for a few minor cosmetic changes); because the Grizzly was over a thousand times less.
Now I see why. "Ya git whatcha pay fer".
Planer exceeds my expectations. I have planed walnut and hickory so far and it chews through it like butter. The spiral cutterhead was worth every penny. Beautiful cuts and it is soooo much quieter than traditional blades. 100% thumbs up!!
I bought this machine a month ago I love it an I recommend for any one any time not only this but for all the machines that I have bought from grizzly it's all outstanding. I like to think grizzly for the great product and for the great service thanks team grizzly.
This is my second major tool purchase from Grizzly, my first is a G0555 band saw with the riser block. Both have exceeded my expatiation's.
The Spiral head works well and is very quiet. The dust collection on the Planer is superb, I connect to a cyclone dust collector.
This is by far a super machine , boards coming out looking fine
I love it and wish I had purchased one long ago. Had a little trouble with the feed roll drive chain but grizzly sent out new chains in a matter of days .Very good customer service.
i went into business in july 2015 and purchased this machine. the growth of my business far exceeded my expectations and this little brute kept right up with it. i was planing thousands of board feet of oak, hickory, jatoba and other hardwoods weekly and it kept pace without giving up the ghost. the amount of abuse this machine took is inconceivable and i have no intention of selling it.
this machine turned me into a grizzly fan. i am now moving up to a 20" planer for bigger purchase orders and i would be foolish to buy anything but another grizzly.