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.