02 Jul Grizzly’s Substantial 13” Benchtop Planer Has Lots of Power
The new G0939 from Grizzly industrial is a 2 HP (15 Amp) portable model that lists for $595. It has a number of enhancements over competing ‘lunchbox’ models, which make this worth a look. For a start, there’s that 2 HP motor, a cogged belt drive and a substantial body (it weighs in at 73 lbs.). Then there’s a stainless-steel table with folding wings that provides smooth planing, never rusts, and stays tarnish-free for the life of the planer. It also has a 3-knife cutterhead (with a blade-setting jig included) that provides a smoother first-pass finish compared to 2-knife machines. There’s a side mount 2″ dust port with a built-in 4″ adaptor, and two carry handles that make this planer great for the job site and easy to stow away in the shop. Its overall dimensions are 25-1/2″ W x 25″ D x 19″ H.
The G0939 handles stock up to 13” wide and 6” thick, with a maximum cut depth of 3/32″. The cutterhead diameter is 2″, the knives are ½” wide and the head spins at 8500 RPM. That translates into a feed rate of 25 feet per minute (FPM). The table size with extensions is 13″ x 25″.
Unlike some portable planers, this one has a fixed-height table design. The cutterhead raises and lowers, and that means a woodworker can set up both infeed and outfeed rollers or tables at set heights. When using a model where the cutterhead stays in one position and the table raises and lowers, there’s no way to easily use outfeed rollers because the height needs to change after every pass. Plus, it has board return rollers built into the top, and both inch and metric depth-of-cut scales.
The G0939 comes with a one-year warranty covering parts and assuring the unit is free from factory defects.
Also from Grizzly is the new G0940, which is a step up in performance and features from the G0939. It has a helical cutterhead for smoother finish and quieter operation, a solid granite table for superior support, and a cutterhead depth stop for repeat operations.
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