Grizzly G0453ZW - 15" Planer with Spiral Cutterhead
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- 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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20 Customer Reviews (4.6 out of 5 stars): Sign in to write a review
I love this planer. I just ran about 300bf of walnut through it and could not be happier. The rubber out feed roller is worth the extra money, no marks at all.
This machine has made my shop at least 10% more productive. I buy all my stock from a lumber mill in rough sawn condition. I plane and joiner every board that passes thru my shop. I primarily have been working with Mahogany and Oaks a lot over the last 2 years, building entry doors and Garden Benches. This planer's out-put is nearly flawless and the amount of wood it can remove in a single pass is awesome and it sometimes overwhelms my DC system plugging up the bottom of my cyclone...........that is some wood shavings!!! Assembly and set-up was easy and so for has been running flawlessly. I am glad I went with the "W" model because it has a rubber out-feed roller which leaves no marks behind on the final planning pass. I could have spent more, but I ain't sure I would have gotten any better machine than this one!
I have the unit for about 4 weeks, and have planed oak, cherry, walnut and butter nut. After setting the bottom rollers, everything works extremely well. Because of the rough stock I was planing I had to set the bottom rollers a bit higher than the factory delivered. Having a dial indicator is very helpful. The finished product requires very little sanding. The one knock I have is that the drive rollers can pull boards over the side guides which can mess up the profile of the board.
I bought this planer with the plans on buying some additional Grizzly products. I'll just say that this is the only Grizzly product I will be owning. I had the planer for a little under a month before the motor fried. Now, Mind you, I only planed a little clear cherry lumber during this time. Not taking more than 1/16" cut at a time. Smoke and noise galore! And yes; we followed the set up instructions to the letter! Grizzly was very good and sent me out a new motor and contact box a.s.a.p. However, the replacement motor I got had witness marks on the shaft from the previous pulley that was on it before it was remanufactured. But if it worked, I thought, so be it. So then, after we got everything replaced, we were planing soft maple for drawer boxes. Feeding it through at 1/16" passes and the motor faulted out. Another call to Grizzly tech support and I was tearing into it again to reset the switch in the contact box. I think there could be a better place to put the reset switch, but I guess it shouldn't be a big deal. Long story short, all in all, It's a decent planer as long as you don't feed more than one piece of lumber at a time, and if you get a good motor in your planer.
I bought this machine to replace my dewalt planner and my dewalt planner will leave a smother finish than this one but the grizzled will work faster due to the bigger motor
Just getting this tool set-up. So far I feel pretty good about the quality of the machine.
Love it! This is a very nice addition to my shop. Quiet and material comes out looking like it was sanded. I am very happy I bought this machine. It was packed extremely well. Lift gate service put the machine inside my shop. I would highly recommend this machine if you are looking for a quality planer.
Great finish less noisy than the knife version. Well worth the extra money for the spiral cutter head.
I've had the machine for about a month and I'm happy with its overall performance. It produces clean surfaces with little to no tearout and almost no snipe. The helical cutter head is a worthwhile upgrade over the straight knives. So far the only annoying shortcoming is that the M10 thread on the front feet is too short and I had to jury-rig new front feet with a 21/2" M10 bolt to give more room for adjustment. Also, I had to buy a PullzAll and suspend it from my garage ceiling in order to hoist this beast off the ground to attach those front feet. Last but not least, consumers should be advised that a 602 pound machine should only be delivered by a truck with a lift gate. All that being said, this machine was about a thousand dollars less than the equivalent Jet and seventeen or eighteen hundred less than the Powermatic! Good value!
I am happy with this planer. I used to have a Ridgid, and got tired of the noise, and sharpening knives. This is quieter too, and may save what little is left of my hearing! Do not remove any of the four Allen nuts on top! They have holes for adding oil right there in the nuts. I hauled it up the driveway with a pallet jack and a tow strap on the ball of my truck.
I am very impressed as to the quietness of the Planner. I am an audiologist and do hearing programs and tests for many companies, Hearing protection is NOT needed whill operating this Machine. VERY SATISFIED, Monte Russell Sr
This is a sweetheart of a planer. Based on my spiral jointer purchase, I was hoping that the sound level would be similarly low....and it is. Segmented head machines are just so much quieter than regular blades. The packing for shipping was secure and well-executed. The assembly was easy (needs 2 people minimum) and the infeed-outfeed tables were ground perfectly to need almost no adjustment when bolted on. Getting all of the grease off was somewhat messy, but at least the castings were well protected against rust. It is a very nice machine. The only "issue" I have would be to have an option to discharge the dust chips hood to the other side (only a left-facing chute is available).
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.
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.
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.
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.