"Sandingdust" wrote in message:
| Dear all,
| 1) I been searching for the suppliers/dealers in UK for stationary
| woodworking machines (saw bench/table saw, wedge type jointer and 15"
| thicknesser/planer of the following make(s) : Powermatic, Grizzly or
| General International.
I bought a 20" Grizzly planer from Grizzly in the US. Afterwards, I was
looking for some aftermarket knives and got off on a rabbit trail in Google
and found no less than 10 planers with the same body castings from different
manufacturers. The only differences were color, number of knives (3 or 4),
a spiral cutterhead option, motor size from 3 to 5 hp, and maybe different
switching. The rest looked identical. It's hard to convince me that these
all didn't come from the same factory!
I had some minor problems with the Grizzly machine and plan to make more
adjustments when shop work slows down, like removing the slop from the
thickness adjustment crank, adjusting the feed rollers, and changing to a
better grade of knives. All in all, it is a good machine that needs some
tuning when you get it.
The only problem I found that I can't adjust out is that sometimes when a
board is feeding in, there will be some lateral turning and the stock can
override the side and mess you up. I clamped some thin wooden strips in the
grooves on each side of the bed to prevent this, but I can no longer get
much more then 19" in there. This is tolerable, since most of my panels are
less than that.
my best, woodstuff