I was thinking the same thing why not Grizzly? They look exactly the same as Shop Fox , Jet and Powermatic.
I have a Grizzly 5850Z ( http://www.grizzly.com/products/20-P...e-Motor/G5850Z
). I have had it for about three (3) years. I purchased it used off Craigslist. It works great. It weighs about 950 lbs and is mounted on a heavy duty cart with locking casters. It has a 20" cutting capacity. A 5hp motor drives the blades and a 2hp motor feeds the boards through. I have had no problems with it since I did an overhaul on it, when I first purchased it.
About dust collection I had that feeling about a sop vac but had to ask.
Sorry, but a shop vac won't cut it with my planer...... I use a 1.5 hp Jet with a 5" flexible hose.
Planing frozen wood any recommendations for setup? Reason j am asking is because when sawing lumber you have to use a different blade than in summer.
Interesting statement....I didn't know that....Wood must be dry and above freezing to plane it. Water and planers don't mix very well!
Finally in a used machine what do you have to look for because I don't want to spend the money on a used planer and end up sticking a bunch of money in it just to get it so it works?
Here are the items that I had to replace/repair on my used Grizzly G5850z planer:
1. Knife blades - the knife sets that came with it were definitely in need of sharpening. A new set from Grizzly was about $100.
2. Dust hood - This was gone. A new one from Grizzly was about $125.
3. Knife adjustment bolt - The previous owner had over-torqued all of the bolts. They all had to be replaced. I was able to re-thread the holes with a tap, but the bolts were ruined. These cost about $50 and a six (6) month wait.......
4. Cleaning, greasing and adjustment - The planer runs great now!
I am selling this planer and replacing it with the spiral head model. I love the planer, but the knives have trouble with figured maple. I have to plane my figured maple rough cut boards on my friends 18" spiral head planer to get them smooth. The knives work great on straight grain cherry, oak, myrtlewood, etc. (Unfortunately, the next pile of rough cut lumber is 600 bdft of figured maple drying under my deck.)