I am down to the short straws on purchasing a G 0453. I have viewed
the machine in the Springfield store and have seen dozens of positive
reviews with very little negative. I also have a Grizzly 1023s
cabinet saw and couldn't be more pleased.
Our son-in-law owns several pieces of Grizzly machinery and is
generally very pleased. However, he told me this weekend that his 5
year old G0551 surface planer has been the one tool that he fiddles
with the most. Nearly all his problems are related to maintaining
cutter-head height relative to table. I witnessed this once while we
were planing some stock and the head clearly sagged during the
operation. He says it is most prevalent when running rough sawn
stock. I realize the G0551 and G0453 are very different machines.
The 0551 is a top-motor design that raises and lowers the cutter
head. The 0453 is a bottom motor machine that moves the table.
I still have that ounce of doubt. Has anyone out there experienced
cutter head height or any other serious problems with this machine?
My father has the G0551 and I have the G0453. I was hankering for the G0551 for
time, but could never scrape up the funds to make the purchase; however, my
When I finally decided to make the plunge on a planer, the G0551 had been
discontinued, so I
bought the G0453 instead and I'm glad I did. I like the idea of the "motor on
fixed table" design of the G0551, but it just seems to have a myriad of little
(perhaps that's why Grizzly no longer offers it?), none of which affect the
haven't had a single problem with the G0453, and I wouldn't let the quirks of
define your decision about the G0453.
"Even if your wife is happy but you're unhappy, you're still happier
than you'd be if you were happy and your wife was unhappy." - Red Green
Very few planers out there are of the opposite design. The tables on the G0453
substantial, and I find little need to have auxiliary infeed and outfeed tables
with the operation. If the boards are long enough to require support at the end
the planer, I'll use my Ridgid stand
) on the
infeed side, then
walk to the outfeed side and deal with the board manually. The support stand
to be adjusted *every* time you adjust the planer tables (it's like four five
right?). Now if you're running a production operation and feeding tons of wood
machine this can get a bit tiresome, but in that case it's just easier to find a
dispense with the auxiliary stand altogether.
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