While most planers available on Amazon are for relatively small projects, Grizzly stands as a brand that’s designed to cater to people that need heavy duty work. Most of their machines are big, powerful, and designed to be stationary fixtures of a large workshop, which fills a valuable niche in the market. Below are four great picks. If you don’t have time to read through them all, I’ve put a name and a link to my favorite one right down here:
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Grizzly G0634Z Planer/Jointer 12"
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Grizzly G0634Z Planer/Jointer with Spiral Cutter head, 12"
This wild machine gives you a lot of options in terms of benchtop woodworking. Planers are great, but jointers are just as important, so tables like this that convert from one to the other are valuable (and pretty hard to find). Just because it does two things at once doesn’t mean it skimps on either, though.
The powerful 5 horsepower motor can feed 22 feet of wood per minute through its 5034 RPM cutterhead (consisting of 34 carbide inserts set on a spiral cutterhead; the more high performance kind of cutterhead).
It can cut wood up to 8 inches thick and 12 inches wide down to an 1/8 inch deep, making it a powerful high performance machine…that is unfortunately a bit small in the width capacity department ( I usually like to look for 13 inches wide or more; it gives a little more wiggle room for boards that are slightly wider than a foot, and of course means you can plane larger pieces).
Still, that’s a small downside for a machine that easily converts to a jointer (you can just unlock and twist the table up, then lock it back in place), and can be situated to cut at any angle between 45 and 90 degrees.
While it asks a seemingly steep price (just under $3000), it’s a fair one for everything you get here.
Grizzly G0603X Extreme Duty with Spiral Cutterhead, 25-Inch
The “Extreme Duty” designation isn’t just a flourish, Grizzly means it. And coming form a company that makes products with above average power exclusively, it really means something.
This planer outputs a massive 15 horsepower, spinning its 170 carbide inserts at 4900 RPM, providing an incredibly smooth finish (it may sound low compared to other planers, but the huge increase in blades more than makesup for loss in speed: that’s 833, 000 cuts per minute; most on this list only hit around 150-200, 000 CPM).
Everything else takes those large numbers and runs with them as well, from the 25 inch width capacity cast iron table, 9 inch thickness capacity (and cuts all the way down to 1/4 inch, twice the depth of the average) that can handle boards up to 57 inches (almost 5 feet!) in length without any overhang).
Topped by digital measurement selection (a feature you don’t often see on planers, many if not most use manual cranks to raise or lower height), the only real downsides of this planer are its unwieldy size, power consumption (220 to 440 volt outlets are needed), and enormous price (this one will cost you 5 figures).
It’s not for everyone, but for those who need a heavy duty machine to carry them through a hard day’s work, this Grizzly has you covered.
Grizzly G1033X 5 HP Spiral Cutter Head, 20-Inch
This one is essentially a smaller version of the above. With a 20 inch width capacity, 8 and 5/8 inches thickness capacity, and 5000 RPM (96 carbide inserts) from its 5 horsepower motor, it’s still an absolute workhorse of a machine, and great for any professional woodworker or someone that regularly works with large boards.
While it might sound like a huge hit in performance from the above (even the depth of cut is half of the G0603X), it’s also only about 1/3 the price (over $3500), making it far more affordable for the “amateur professional” or someone that simply doesn’t need that big of a machine, and the Extreme Duty is close to (or beyond) the threshold for overkillfor a lot of people.
Essentially this is already a heavy duty machine, and perfect for most jobs; the Extreme Duty just cranks that to 11.
I waffled between putting this one above, since it is the better of the two for hobbyists or low volume professionals, but the Extreme Duty is just an amazing machine, and isn’t overpriced for what it does.
Grizzly G0505 12-1/2-Inch Planer
Finishing us off is one of Grizzly’s portable benchtop planers. Don’t let its low spot on the list fool you: this is still a great planer.
A 2 horsepower 110 volt motor outputs 10, 000 RPM for its straight blade cutterhead, and it can handle a solid 12 and ½ inch width capacity (6 inch thickness capacity) down to 1/8 inch cuts. Pretty good for its lightweight (78 lbs) frame.
The primary reason it’s on the bottom of this list is it is pretty unimpressive compared to a lot of Grizzly models. Everything above this is either a heavy duty planer or a jointer/planer combo, both of which are fairly hard to find. Portable benchtop planers are easy to find, and other brands have more impressive, higher performance versions of this type, especially for the just under $400 price range. It’s average, where everything else is exceptional for one reason or another.
Grizzly planers are high performance, but high cost machines. None of these are great starter models, but for anybody already entrenched in woodworking as a hobby or career you can’t go wrong with any of these.
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Grizzly G0634Z Jointer/Planer
The Grizzly G0634Z is the standout, being one of the only planer/jointer combos that doesn’t, frankly, suck.
The planer and jointer sides are both solid, and it’s a great price for the two together. All the others on this list are great purchases as well, but I’d get the combo first unless you already have both tools and aren’t looking to consolidate space.