Grizzly G0453ZW - 15" Planer with Spiral Cutterhead
- Motor: 3HP, 240V, single-phase, 12A
- Maximum cutting width: 15"
- Maximum stock thickness: 8"
- Minimum stock thickness: 3/8"
- Minimum stock length: 6-1/2"
- Maximum cutting depth: 1/8"
- Feed rate: 16 & 20 FPM
- Cutterhead diameter: 3"
- Number of indexable carbide inserts: 72
- Insert size: 14 x 14 x 2mm
- Cutterhead speed: 5000 RPM
- Solid serrated steel infeed roller
- Table size: 41-3/4" x 16"
- Overall size: 38"W x 42"D x 44"H
- Approximate shipping weight: 602 lb.
- Spiral cutterhead with German-made indexable carbide inserts
- Built-in mobile base
- Board return rollers
- Adjustable bed rollers
- Magnetic switch with thermal overload protection
- Four-column support with table locks
- 4" dust port
- Precision-ground cast iron table and wings
- Heavy-duty cast iron construction
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4 Customer Reviews (4.8 out of 5 stars): Sign in to write a review
Planer arrived by U.P.S. freight, and was packaged in a wooden crate. No damage at all to package or planer. I decided to try the Grizzly after my brand new Dewalt bench top let me down planing some 100 year old barn oak. The Grizzly worked it up with no problem! Very quiet machine. I would highly recommend this baby! Just be sure to check the gear oil, and tighten the drain plug when it arrives.
Mine came yesterday and it is everything. Super quiet compared to the two knife Rigid that I have had for over 20 years. This spiral cutter-head is the real deal. I have an engine hoist but if you don't have that or a forklift you may not be able to install the mobile base wheels. It weighs 600 lbs. and is solid machinery. The height wheel spins like butter. Transmission shifting is smooth. I'm happy, happy, happy.
Let me begin with the good news. Overall I am very pleased with this machine. I have overworked and replaced two portable planers prior to purchasing this one and there is no comparison between this one and the previous machines. It is very QUIET and the operation is flawless. I have already planed many board feet of maple and birds eye maple with absolutely no tear out. I love it!
However, when I first unpacked and setup the machine, it would not start. I contacted Technical support who had me realign the centrifugal switch. Still no luck. Since it was the weekend and Technical support was not available, I began troubleshooting on my own. I found that the motor would run if I reduced the load by loosening the belts. Even after doing this, the motor struggled to start. I contacted Technical support who then sent me a new capacitor. That fixed the problem and I am off to the races.
By profession, I am a Quality Assurance Engineer. Before purchasing this planer I read several reviews written several years ago on the same model in which the capacitor was an issue. I guess the engineers at Grizzly and the manufacturing plant in China have not figured this out yet. In my plant, root cause and corrective actions would have been completed after the first incident.
Without the initial issues this review would have been a 5 star. Still pleased with the machine.
This machine has been in my shop for about two months now, and has been quite a step up in production for me. I have been using it for hard maple and have found power to be good for the size. Don't expect it to hog 1/8" off 8" stock for dimensioning rough stock though. It will bog down and if you aren't ready, will trip the internal breaker. I soon learned (after the first shutoff) that about 1/16" is all round the best cut for initial roughing of wide stock. Properly setup, (lower rollers height above the table) this machine does not snipe. And I mean does not snipe. I did not have to adjust them at all, but did confirm they were set at the lowest distance recommended by Grizzly. This is the key to low or no snipe. If you continue to have snipe problems after the adjustment, try running stock through at a slight angle. This usually improves the quality on short pieces, especially. The carbide cutters are invaluable, and I wouldn't buy any planer/jointer without them. No serious craftsman would attempt to use material straight from the machine without properly preparing it for finish, such as hand planing or sanding, depending on your preference. That being said, the cutters do not present a problem at all, and any "scalloping" left by the cutters is very easily removed in the process. I have several Grizzly machines, and consider them to be good quality tools. When I compared this machine to the Jet planer of the same size, they appear almost identical, so the duration of warranty was the only thing they were asking many hundreds of dollars more for. I opted to go with Grizzly, because I have found Grizzly customer service to be responsive and knowledgable. All manufacturers will have problems with products from time to time, but I have not had any major issues with any of my four machines.