Byrd Tool - 15" Shelix Cutterhead
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The Shelix Cutterhead is worth every penny I paid. My planer is so much quieter, I can almost plane lumber without ear plugs. The boards come out so smooth it is almost like they are already sanded.
First, Anyone considering the purchase of a new machine should not hesitate to spend the extra money and get the helical head model. I purchased my planer due to the closeout price & made the decision to buy the Byrd shelix head a year later. The installation was not difficult & I took the time to correctly set the infeed & outfeed rollers, pressure bar & tables. This difference in the reduction in noise and quality of cut was amazing! Everything other reviewers said is true!
Lastly if you make the decision to do this upgrade be careful taking the cutterhead out of the box. The thing bites! Be sure & wear gloves & wrap the cutter head in cardboard or construction paper so you don't cut yourself.
Installation was not as simple as expected inasmuch as the sundry videos did not detail the way the gearbox disassembled, particularly the business end of the cutterhead. I replaced the two main bearings at the same time which took some ingenuity to put on without straining the ball cages on a 15" shaft (my bearing splitter will work as both a puller and a press for bearings on the 9" long shaft on my jointer). However, once installed, I couldn't be more pleased with the results. A superior surface, better chip extraction, and no real need for hearing protection (the spinning motor is louder than the cutter to wood engagement). It was a worthwhile purchase.
The shelix cutter put new life into my old planer. Much smoother and cleaner that I ever got with straight blades. Watch the YouTube video on installing them to make sure this is something you can do. Not hard, but it takes a little time, and you have to pay attention. Results are well worth it!
Shelix cutter head is an awesome upgrade to any planner.
Very smooth cut with no tear outs. Installation went good, just need to take your time. Grizzly has a good video on how to install.
Good thing is no more knives to mess with.
Grizzly staff did an excellent job matching up the right cutter head to my old planner.
Well worth the money.