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Thread: Grizzly 5912Z Shaper - Refurbished

  1. #1
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    Grizzly 5912Z Shaper - Refurbished

    I purchased a used Grizzly 5912Z shaper earlier this year. About a month ago I decided to tear it down and rebuild everything. I completely disassembled it - every nut, bolt, washer, etc. I replaced the bearings (this particular model has two), rebuilt the motor, new drive belt, used polished stainless steel screws for the exterior covers/electrical panel, upgraded all the hardware to Grade 8, and replaced any missing parts through Grizzly. I own a few other Grizzly machines and I am just not that fond of the green paint. Besides, the original paint was chipped in some areas and needed to be repainted anyway. Instead of paint, I had the cabinet and metal parts media blasted and powder coated. I cheated a little going back with Delta machine gray.

    FYI, if you happen to live in the Kansas City area or close by, Liquid & Powdercoat Finishes (speak to Ken; their web site is www.lpfkc.com) did the blast work and powder coating. They are great to work with and their work is flawless. They specialize in high end automotive work, but will work with customers on just about anything within reason.

    About the only thing left to do is the fence boards. I was looking for extruded aluminum but have decided to go with a laminate covered baltic ply.

    It sits on a Shop Fox universal heavy duty mobile base. It moves around easy enough.

    It starts and runs fine. You can stand a dime on end while it is running. Now, just need to buy some cutters and see what happens.

    Some before and after shots.


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    Great Job Richard and I love the color scheme of Black and white. Very sharp looking! I have several Grizzly machines and I too am not fond of the Green. I live with it but I really like what you've done. If I ever need to rebuild my machines, a new paint job will be part of the rebuild.

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    Very cool.

    At the end of it all, did you end up spending enough to purchase and refurbish that you could've just bought a new machine?

    Sounds like what you did make the machine better than new (plus it's much better looking as well!).

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    Peter:I will end up at about 33% of new. In all, very happy in outcome. Probably could have saved a few dollars on the finish by using a "wet" finish system versus powder coat. Also, the group I used is all about quality. The machine is in better-than-new condition.

  5. #5
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    Your work looks really good, nice looking new machine.

  6. #6
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    Great job Richard. You are correct. It is better than new. By upgrading the bearings and motor you dealt with the weakest parts of the machine. Aluminum fence plates are not all they are cracked up to be. Dave

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