I had started to populate my new workshop with the green machines from
Grizzly based on belief that the price performance ratio is very high. For
the 15" planer, the selected model was G1021Z
). It is a
really nice machine and comes with jack screw and knife setting kit.
Today, I got the gray Yorkcraft YC-15P
from Wilke Machinery. The first impression on the machine is very positive.
Although, the quality of the manual is not impressive. It is usable, but
some of the drawings should be sharper or larger. Compared to Grizzly, the
Yorkcraft machine has significantly lower price, the cast iron in-feed and
out-feed tables are more accurate and safer than the rollers in Grizzly, and
the Yorkcraft has a built-in mobile base. The Yorkcraft shipping cost
($150) did include the lift gate service. With Grizzly, you have to pay
around $70 for the lift gate in addition to the $128 truck freight.
The other candidates were:
- Bridgewood BW-15P
- Jet JWP-15CS ((Amazon.com product link shortened)
- Shop Fox W1692 (http://www.shopfox.biz/w1692.cfm )
- Powermatic 15 (http://shop.store.yahoo.com/toolsplus/pow1791209.html )
- Powermatic 15S (http://shop.store.yahoo.com/toolsplus/pow1791210.html )
Based on casual observations, it looks that these 7 planer cousins are from
the same family, share the same design, and have most of the same
components. Perhaps they are even made in the same factory and just painted
with different colors. The main differences are the following:
1. PM 15S has spiral cutter head
2. PM 15S and YC-15P have full size cast iron in-feed and out-feed tables
3. PM 15S, BW-15P, and YC-15P have built-in mobile base
In this light the cheapest (YC-15P, $799) and the most expensive (PM-15S,
$1,499) share most of the same components. After this thought process, it
was not difficult to select the YC-15P.
Question to Yorkcraft users. Are you happy with the Yorkcraft products? I
am still missing band saw, shaper, and dust collector. Would you recommend
to get them from Yorkcraft?