Grizzly G0453Z 15" Spiral Cutterhead Planer

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.8
out of 5
Brand:
Grizzly
Model:
G0453Z
Price:
$1,850

Description

Grizzly has taken its top-selling 15" planer and added a 4-row spiral cutterhead with German indexable carbide inserts for the best all around surface finishes money can buy. Just like the Model G0453, you’ll also appreciate the built-in mobile base, adjustable bed rollers, two-speed automatic board feed and solid cast iron extension wings. We’ve also upgraded the magnetic switch control to a solid pedestal-mounted switch arm.

Motor: 3 HP, 240V, single-phase
Maximum cutting width: 15"
Maximum stock thickness: 8"
Minimum stock thickness: 3/16"
Minimum stock length: 8"
Maximum cutting depth: 1/8"
Feed rate: 16 FPM & 30 FPM
Cutterhead diameter: 3"
Number of indexable carbide inserts: 74
Cutterhead speed: 5000 RPM
Power feed rollers: solid serrated steel
Table size: 15" x 20"
Overall dimensions: 42" long x 32.5" wide x 45 7/8" high
Approximate shipping weight: 675 lbs.

WOOD magazine review

Value-priced spiral-head planer

Review Summary

Pluses: This is essentially the same machine as the G0453, but with a pedestal-mounted power switch and a spiral cutterhead that produced the same minuscule snipe and a quality of cut as good as its sibling (though leaving a different pattern on the wood). This model’s cutterhead also generates less than half the noise of the straight-knife model.
(A three-decibel difference equates to doubling/halving the sound level.) It has the same workpiece capacities, feed rates, and table locks. Minuses: Changing all the cutters at one time can be tiresome, but turning just a few to counter a chipped edge—the more frequent scenario—takes much less time. Setting up this machine required extensive cleaning to remove the thick rust-inhibitor coating, and we also had to add gear oil (not included) to the crankcase. Although it can plane a full 15"-wide workpiece, its stock-return rollers mount 1/4" below the top of the posts that hold them and can accommodate only a 14-3/4"-wide workpiece.

Detailed Ratings

4.3
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

4

Ease of Use

4

Value

5

Reader Reviews

Good value

Review Summary

OF all of my Grizzly tools, this one is probably the worst fit and finish wise. It is not bad but not up to the same standards of the others. The fit and finish does not hurt the performance but they are a little annoying. The height wheel shaft hole is not drilled square to the wheel so there is a little wobble when I change the heigth. There wer a couple of scratches on the bed and some chipped paint. Again these do not affect the function of the machine.
A little over a year after I got it the motor started popping capacitors. I had to replace the motor. It was out of the Grizzly warranty but within my credit card warranty so it didn't cost me anything. I replaced it wit a better motor. The gear box leaked oil. I $5 tube of silicone gasket fixed that problem. On the positive side, the finish from the spiral head is great. The planer is super quiet as far as planers go. Once I adjusted everything, it is snipe free. I also adjusted out the infeed and outfeed roller marks. All in all, I consider this a good planer. Even if I had to replace the motor on my own dime, I would be money ahead of the next costlier option. Grizzly customer service is great.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

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