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5 Of The Best Grizzly Thickness Planers Reviewed

grizzly thickness planer reviews

Last updated on September 30th, 2021 at 01:31 pm

If you’re thinking about getting a Grizzly thickness planer but you are not sure if you should take the plunge yet, then continue reading because we’ve reviewed 5 of their best here in this article.

Hopefully, this review will help you decide if you should get one or not.

The Grizzly industrial tool company manufactures different types of power tools, but their thickness planers are among the most sought after.

They manufacture both portable/benchtop and cabinet/industrial style thickness planer. So, whichever one you’re looking for, we’ve got them covered right here in this review. We’ll start from the smallest and go up to big industrial style units.

First of all, lets take a look at the portable Grizzly G0505.

Grizzly G0505 12-1/2-inch Grizzly Thickness Planer

grizzly G0505 thickness planer

You may have noticed that this Grizzly G0505 one of the most budget friendly thickness planers out there, and you may have wondered how it compares against the competition.

Well, considering the price and comparing it with other brands we’ve reviewed such as DeWalt, Makita and Delta, we found out that this Grizzly G0505 performs just as much as the other brands.

Every part of it is made of metal making it tough, sturdy and durable.

Feel free to run any kind of hard wood through it, and you’ll be amazed at its performance. It is very solid and free of vibration.

The only gripe is that it’s a little bit loud during operation, so always wear ear protection while operating it.

Apart from that, the Grizzly G0505 produces amazing results when you plane rough lumber with it.

It is light enough to carry around but heavy enough to sit properly under operation. Even though it is very light, it does not lack muscle and design quality.

The planer comes with a 2 HP motor which produces up to 10000 RPM of cutterhead speed and you can feed your rough stock through it at a feed rate of 32 FPM. The return rollers are top-mounted along with the cutterhead.

Thermal overload protection protects the planer from overheating during operation, ensures durability of the machine and allows you to work with peace of mind.

It has a maximum cutting width of 12-1/2 inches, a maximum cutting height of 6 Inch, a maximum cutting depth of 3/32 inches and accepts a minimum board thickness of 13/64 inches.

The cutterhead is a two knife cutterhead consisting of 2 HSS knifes that retain their sharpness for a long time.

The G0505 Grizzly thickness planer also includes a knife setting jig and a wrench. The height adjustment is very accurate as well. So you can be sure that the stock you plane with it will come out at exactly the right dimensions.

Overall, the 12-1/2 inch Grizzly G0505 is a tough, sturdy and efficient portable thickness planer you can rely on to plane and dimension rough boards in your workshop.

If you’re looking for a budget friendly thickness planer that is just as powerful and efficient as the other top models, then you should definitely give this Grizzly G0505 a try.


  • Very affordable compared to other thickness planer.
  • Very simple and easy to put together. Setup is very easy.
  • Extra large table extension to prevent snipe
  • No plastic, whole body is made of metal
  • It’s able to cut through any type of wood, hard or soft.


  • It’s a little bit loud and noisy.

Grizzly G1033Z 20 inch 5 Horsepower Thickness Planer

Grizzly G1033Z

This is an industrial size thickness planer with up to 20 inch width capacity to plane the widest of materials, and a 5 Horsepower 230 volts single-phase motor to back it up.

Grizzly Industrial produces many cabinet size thickness planers, but this one is one of the best and most affordable ones.

It comes equipped with a 4 knife cutterheard, with a triple V-belt drive and a 2 feed rates you can switch to depending on the amount of material you’re removing from your stock.

One at 16 FPM and the other at 20 FPM. The cutterhead spins at 5000 rpm, allowing you to achieve the best finish when you plane boards with it.

The infeed and outfeed tables as well as the main table are made of precision-ground cast iron for stability and durability.

As far as safety is concerned, the Grizzly G1033Z comes equipped with all the features you need to safely operate the machine. Anti-kickback fingers allow you to rest of mind, knowing that you can safely operate the machine without any injury due to kickbacks.

It also features a magnetic switch and thermal overload protection to keep the machine working at optimal conditions.

The maximum cutting height is 8 inches, the minimum is ¼ inches, while the maximum cutting depth is 1/8 inches.

It comes with a heavy duty cast iron elevation wheel right at the top of the planer for increasing and reducing the cutting height or thickness.

Grizzly Industrial G1033X 20 Inch 5 HP Thickness Planer

Grizzly G1033X industrial thickness planer

This Grizzly G1033X industrial thickness planer is just like the G1033Z but instead of a 4 straight knife cutterhead, this one comes with a helical cutterhead with 98 indexable knifes.

A helical cutterhead like the one found in this Grizzly helps a lot for producing better finishes and also reduces the amount of noise produced when working with the planer.

Just like the G1033Z, this also comes with a 5 Horsepower 220 single-phase motor and has up to 20 inches of width capacity to accommodate really wide stocks.

The minimum cutting height is ¼ inches, the maximum is 8-5/8 inches, and has a minimum cutting depth of 1/8 inches.

Infeed and outfeed tables, including the main table are precision-ground cast iron. Instead of painting, the body is powder coated to ensure resistance to chemicals and prevent corrosion.

The G1033X also comes with a magnetic switch, thermal overload protection and anti-kickback fingers for safety and durability reasons.

A 5 inch dust port makes connecting your dust collection system to the planer very easy. Making table adjustsment requires very little effort, thanks to the large easily accessible wheel at the top of the machine.

Grizzly G1021X2 15 Inch 3 Horsepower Thickness Planer

Grizzly G1021X2 thickness planer

If you need a sturdy and capable 15 inch planer you can use to tackle your daily wood thicknessing needs, then you should definitely check out this Grizzly G1021X2.

It comes with all the features you need as far as power, stability, capacity and ease of use is concerned.

The motor is a single-phase 3 Horsepower, 220 volts motor and produces up to 5000 rpm of cutterhead speed.

As for the cutterhead, it’s a helical cutterhead with 74 indexable knifes, which allows you to work at reduced noise levels compared to straight knife cutterheads, and also allows your stock to come out pretty smoother.

The planer has 2 feed rates. One at 16 FPM and the other at 28 FPM. The slower feed rate is ideal for finishing because there’s more cuts per inch of the material, while the faster feed rate is more aggressive and ideal for large stock removal.

With the Grizzly G1021X2, you get 14-7/8 inch of maximum cutting width, 6-1/8 inch minimum cutting height and a maximum cutting depth of 1/8 inches.

It has precision-ground cast iron infeed and outfeed tables, with a smooth and lightly serrated outfeed roller to ease removal of stock from the planer.

There’s a table a column lock to lock the table and prevent movement that may cause sniping of your stock, and there’s a 4 inch dust port for connecting your dust collection system.

Overall, this Grizzly G1021X2 thickness planer is excellent for planing and dimensioning rough lumber. With the helical cutterhead installed, any stock you plane with it comes out silky smooth.

Grizzly Industrial G0890

Grizzly industrial G0890

The Grizzly industrial G0890 is another 15 inch thickness planer you might want to take a look at if you’re thinking about getting one of Grizzly’s cabinet styled wood planers.

It features a 3 Horepower motor and spins a 3 high speed steel knife cutterhead at a maximum speed of 5200 rpm.

Unlike other Grizzly thickness planers, a unique feature of this G0890 is that it comes with a fixed table height and a horizontal wheel at the top for adjusting the cutting height.

For this G0890, instead of the table moving up and down the 4 columns when you turn the height adjustment wheel, it’s the cutterhead that moves up and down the columns.

This style allows for greater efficiency as you only have to set up the infeed and outfeed tables ones and that’s it.

It has a maximum cutting width of 15 inches, a maximum cutting height of 6 inches, a minimum of 3/16 inches and a maximum cut depth of 1/8 inches.

Just like the rest, the main table and extensions are made of precision ground cast iron for maximum stability and durability.

An oil-bathed 2 speed gear box allows you operate the planer at a feed rate of 16 FPM or 28 FPM depending on the quality of finish you want or the rate at which you want to plane your stock.

It also features a magnetic switch and anti-kickback fingers for maximum safety under operation. A poly-V belt drive ensures the machine runs as smoothly as possible. All in all, this G0890 is definitely a strong option to look at if you’re thinking about getting a Grizzly thickness planer.

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