I got the G0551 planer. My dad has the discontinued version, can't
remember the model number. They are both great planers. You will see
what appears to be the exact same planer as the G1021Z offered by
several other vendors, all charging quite a bit more for theirs.
I recently finished the 2-year construction of my humble 20x20 woodshop
and outfitted it all at once with Grizzly tools. Planer, jointer, table
saw, bandsaw, drill press, and combo sander. The planer and jointer
blades were near perfectly set from the factory. I doubt that I will be
able to set them as close myself when the time comes. And I checked
them with a dial indicator. All arrived without damage or any serious
flaws or problems. The drill press had a wobbly chuck and a replacement
was at my door in a day-and-a-half.
I am extremely pleased with my Grizzly machines and with the money
saved I can buy lots of other goodies now that the money pit is
officially open :)
I would recommend Grizzly in a heartbeat.
I wanted the G1021Z, by the way, but I was not willing to spend the
Best of luck whichever way you go.