The Grizzly G0505 Planer is Great Choice for Everyone Who Wants to Buy a Thicknesser for Small to Medium-scale Woodworking Projects
What We Like
- 15 AMP, 2HP Motor for high performance
- Portable and lightweight
- Extra-wide tables for more room
- Thermal overload protection
- Double-sided blades and Top-mounted return rollers
- Commendable 32 FPM feed rate
- 52 cuts per inch
- Safety lock
What We Don’t Like
- An unreliable dust collection system
- Only two knives
The take-home message from the Grizzly G0505 Industrial Planer review is that it is a high-performance power tool that also happens to be one of the safest you can find in the market.
The 2 horsepower motor provides more than enough power for all your small to medium-scale projects. You can even use it for industrial-size maximum cutting as long as what you’re trying to cut isn’t more than the recommended size.
The safety features provide an extra layer of protection and the thermal overload promotes durability by ensuring that the motor does not get damaged due to stress.
The price is high for a benchtop planer, especially since the dust collection system is unreliable.
Safety is a key concern that comes to mind when you want to buy power tools. If you can not rely on a product to work without increasing the already existing risk of power tools, there is no need to make a purchase.
The Grizzly G0505 Planer is popularly known as one of the safest thicknessers out there. Grizzly industrial added many safety features to the tool to put the mind of the users at ease.
Then again, a safe tool that doesn’t perform the tasks it was created to perform is useless.
This is why our Grizzly G0505 Industrial 12-1/2″ 2 HP Benchtop Planer review will show you all the other great features that might make it worth your money.
You’ll learn about everything else from its strong and reliable motor to its maximum cutting capacity and extra-wide extension tables. We will also consider some of the features that would have used a little work.
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Features of the Grizzly G0505 Planer
Extra-Wide Extension Tables
When you buy a planer that doesn’t have a wide table, you may need to create a custom table that will provide you with enough room to complete your projects efficiently without struggling to get more space.
With the Grizzly Model G0505 Planer, you will not have this problem because it has extra-large extension tables that also happen to be adjustable.
If the benchtop isn’t wide enough to complete your project, all you have to do is drop the extension tables on both sides and the problem will be solved. This is more than you’ll get from many other thickness planers with 24 x 14 x 18 inches in dimension.
When you don’t need the extension tables, all you have to do is tuck them back. Using them is not compulsory. It all depends on what you’re trying to achieve.
Thermal Overload Protection for the 15 AMP Motor
The 2 horsepower motor that comes with the Grizzly G0505 Industrial Planer is a powerful one and with all-powerful motors, it is prone to damage if you keep overloading it.
This is why the Grizzly G0505 Planer has a thermal overload protector that keeps this problem at bay. This thermal protector uses a bimetallic strip that bends whenever it is heated.
Using the current flowing toward the motor, it sets the temperature. So, when the motor continues to draw too much current due to overloading, it will eventually get damaged.
The thermal protector prevents this from happening by cutting the power automatically when the motor is overloading. It does this by opening the starting circuit.
The closed contact opens whenever there current flowing through the circuit is more than the motor can handle.
This feature makes the motor durable because instead of crashing when you overload it, it simply goes off. You can wait for a while before you restart it. To be on the safe side, try not to overload the motor in the first place.
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Double-Sided Blades for 52 Cuts Per Inch
Like many other great thicknessers, the Grizzly G0505 Benchtop Planer comes with double-sided blades. There are no blunt parts as both sides of the blades are ground for precision.
Powered by the motor, these double-sided blades can give you 52 cuts per inch. These blades can easily be replaced with the quick blade change feature.
They are also corrosion-resistant so you don’t need to worry about the blades rusting after a few months of use. This doesn’t mean you should not take care of the planer. Make sure you don’t expose it to harsh elements.
It should always be in a cool and dry part of your home. No matter how rust-resistant a product is, it will eventually give in to the elements if you don’t maintain it.
Commendable Feed Rate and Safety Lock
The feed rate of a planer is going to determine how much time you will spend on your projects. The higher the rate, the quicker you will complete your projects. With a feed rate of 32 FPM, each cut will only take a few minutes.
While Grizzly didn’t provide information about how many cuts the Grizzly G0505 Planer offers per minute, the 52 RMP per inch is still impressive. It also has an impressive cutterhead speed of 10,000 RPM.
The safety lock on the Grizzly G0505 Thickness Planer helps reduce operational hazards as you’ll never put on the device by accident. It can also help keep your family safe if you have small children that may go into your garage when you’re busy with something else.
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Grizzly G0505 Planer Review The Verdict
Our conclusion in this Grizzly G0505 Industrial Benchtop Planer review is that it is one of the best you’ll find in the market. The thermal protector ensures that the product motor has a long lifespan by preventing overheating.
All the other features also have specific purposes. However, the dust collection system isn’t efficient. If you’re fortunate, it will take up about 30% to 40% of the sawdust.
For a planer that costs over $400, you would expect a decent dust collection port that will take up at least 70% of the debris.