I've had the Grizzly 15", open stand planer for a few years. It works
great. Out of the crate ready to go. Gives a good finish at the
slower speed. It doesn't bog down at all. It claims to take 1/8" max
per pass, but you can't get that much under the shield that prevents
taking too big a cut. I typically do about 1/16" per pass to minimize
tearout anyway, with 1/32" per pass on the final passes (depends on
wood). You can't take much less than 1/32" or the serrated feed
roller will leave marks.
What I like about it: 1) power, 2) all metal rollers (front serrated
and rear solid), 3) anti-kickback pawls, 4) size, 5) keeps settings
(I've never had to adjust it, other than thikness obviously!, hundreds
of bf passed through), and 6) price.
What I don't like about it: 1) changing blades. You have to do a fair
amount of dissassembly to use the planer pals (there isn't quite
enough space with the chip breaker). You can use the jig that comes
with it, but it seemed a little sloppy for something you want the
blades within a couple thou on. Figure 45 minutes plus sharpening
time - of course this isn't done all that often. The blades come
sharp, but were sharper after I did them myself. They are pretty
beefy blades, my guess is I'll get plenty of resharpenings.
Pretty good deal IMO.