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I went to the Grizzly tent sale this past Saturday, I went down specifically for this model, they had only one that was scratch and dent. I got it! So I just now got it up and running. I switched out the 8' cord for a 20',and wired up the panel box. My first piece through, 14" wide, I didn't flatten it first, I just wanted to put it through. VERY smooth, very quiet compared to my DW735. Now it needs to start making me money, and earn its keep.
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Jack, what something like that cost scratched and dented
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$3100 new, $1850 @ the sale. This was not purchased on a whim or an impulse buy. This was a planned purchase for the business. I'm glad it was available scratch and dent, but I was prepared to purchase new if necessary.

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That was one great saving, i'm a big fan of refurbished and scratched dented I have save a lot of money over the years.
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I own a 1033x and it is a solid machine. The main complaint I and many others have on the machine is the cost of the carbides for the spiral cutter head. At the time I purchased mine some years back the 1033 was available without the spiral cutterhead. I would have purchased that one and upgraded it myself with a Byrd Shelix cutter head. The carbides are around 11.00 each and there are 96 of them I think-so the math shows you when they chip or wear out, it's pricey to reload them. So what I am doing is replacing the occassional one or two when they chip but when all sides are worn out I'm going to replace the grizzly cutter head with the byrd as it will cost much less in the long run.

But for the deal you got, when it's time you can do the upgrade and still only have paid the price of the stock planer. So that was a great deal. I think you'll be very happy with the planer itself. Good luck with it!
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What a great deal. Interesting about the Byrd head and long term costs. Also gives you a clue to markups on their equipment since scratch and dent often goes for near the manufacturer cost. I think specialty machinery has pretty high markups because they don't sell that many.
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Great deal Jack, I know you will be happy with this.

Are the carbide cutters flat squares? If so they can be touched up with a diamond card like the Trend shown. It only takes a couple light passes to get the edge back. Since they can be rotated in 4 positions and then flipped for 4 more they should last a very long time. Only badly chipped cutters need to be replaced so the upkeep cost shouldn't be that bad.
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PAUL, glad to hear your happy with it, as with any new purchase, you don't really know if you'll like it 'til you've used it for a while. So, good word!

Mike, I'll try to remember this, hopefully it'll be a long time coming. I will most likely run roughsawn thru, I have quite bit of maple and oak drying in the barn, but nothing that's been dragged thru dirt or gravel so it should be pretty easy on the knives.

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If it's for your business, save your receipt and you can deduct the sum from your taxes!

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A tip on sharpening the cutters:

I don't think you can flip the cutter over, the cutting surface is the top part of an angled grind on the side of the cutter.

Also, I found a video on you tube where a guy had been sharpening his planer cutters for a long time with good results. What he did was not what I probably would do when the time came, but after seeing it and thinking about it I am glad I found this first.

What he did was take a diamond stone of 2 grits (I think 300/600) and wet it with water and then took the cutter and put the top side down flat on the stone and pushed down with his finger and slid it back and forth for a bit on the stone. He did tha with both grits, finishing with the finer one. What this did is cut the top down revealing a new sharp edge instead of trying to hone 3 sides and leaving top at the original surface. It is easy to maintain consistency by doing this and it was pretty quick. I'm sure it comes out much better than trying to individually hone each fo the 4 sides.

Have fun with your Griz-!
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