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Re: Best planer (planer/molder) for the money non commercial operation
« Reply #20 on: September 15, 2021, 10:01:19 AM »
I like them.  Old iron is good in my opinion;  I have a lot of old iron.

Sometimes too old can be bad though.  The drive gears tend to wear out on heavily used machines.  (like if you were buying it from a cabinet shop or the like)

If you're looking at older machines, the price difference between a 12in and a 15in machine can be negligible and you'll never feel bad about having that extra 3inches.
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Re: Best planer (planer/molder) for the money non commercial operation
« Reply #21 on: September 16, 2021, 03:02:15 PM »
I have had a Powermatic 16 inch planer for about 30 years, It has been fine.

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« Reply #22 on: September 17, 2021, 09:44:01 AM »
Is a powermatic 100 any good?
Yes, Powermatic 100's are a sought after small planer.  There are a lot of references and threads regarding that planer on OWWM.org
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« Reply #23 on: September 17, 2021, 08:38:54 PM »
Couldn't find anything in my price range close enough. Most of the woodmasters were 12". Bought a grizzly 15" G1021 on  wheeled cart. The guys dad did some hobby wood working with it. Paid $400

Going to order a helical head for it me thinks I can. Any brand preferred ?

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« Reply #24 on: September 17, 2021, 11:28:03 PM »
Check if grizzly has the option to order a helical head.  Sometimes they offer the upgrade.

No sense in spending shelix money on a grizzly machine for what you're doing.

Just my 2 cents.
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« Reply #25 on: September 18, 2021, 07:53:34 AM »
Check if grizzly has the option to order a helical head.  Sometimes they offer the upgrade.

No sense in spending shelix money on a grizzly machine for what you're doing.

Just my 2 cents.
Shelix and grizzly are both $748. Can buy a Elephas for $572 thru amazonian

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« Reply #26 on: September 18, 2021, 03:16:10 PM »
I would say helical heads are worth it in any machine.  Shelix are made in USA and grizzly heads are not if that matters.  I believe the shelix heads will be the same diameter as original and the grizzly will be smaller diameter.
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« Reply #27 on: September 19, 2021, 04:56:35 PM »
The point of getting a helical head for me is that all I have to do is either clean or turn the cutters, and do not have to remove the blades, sharpen and re-install.  Putting blades in a cutterhead and getting them set correctly and even are not easy when you are young, but when you are old and need reading glasses to read your tape measure, makes helical the only way to go for me.
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« Reply #28 on: September 20, 2021, 10:51:15 PM »
The point of getting a helical head for me is that all I have to do is either clean or turn the cutters, and do not have to remove the blades, sharpen and re-install.  Putting blades in a cutterhead and getting them set correctly and even are not easy when you are young, but when you are old and need reading glasses to read your tape measure, makes helical the only way to go for me.
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