Byrd Tool G6/63 - 6" Shelix Cutterhead
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I bought this cutter head a month ago. I mounted the head and as I spun the head by hand I noticed a wobble in the drive portion of the shaft. I tested it by actually mounting the pulley and powering the head. Vibration was far excessive. Communicated this fact to Grizzly, then Byrd. Had to send videos to Byrd to prove my case. Sent it back to Byrd within a week of receiving the head from Grizzly; there was a minor shipping label snafu. I was told replacement time was to be 4-6 weeks due to Byrd needing to machine new heads. The head I put on my planer works fine. The head for my jointer is missing in action and will be a while before it is actually reviewable. Whole experience has been disappointing and I'm not sure I would recommend purchase, not because of the tool, but because of the inexcusable delays in receiving product. When you send your steak back because it isn't right at the restaurant where my son cooks, it goes to the front of the line, a priority, and is rectified before everything else. Now that's what I call good customer service. Not so much here.
An amazing upgrade over the standard 3 blade cutter head. Worth every penny.
One of the best things I have bought for my shop.
Very pleased with this cutter head. Install was fairly simple.
Great cutting quality. Smooth and no tear outs even on woods like hickory, maple and cherry
Shop noice significantly reduced.
Well worth the cost.
Love it. A bit of work to install but fit perfectly in my powermatic jointer. Way, way better glue line finish than straight knives. No tearout at all. I'll never go back.
After 10 years using the same knives on my Powermatic Jointer I made the call to upgrade rather than try and change the blades. This head is very quiet with better cut quality compared to the old blades.
I purchased this for my Jet 6" Jointer planer. It installed easily, the only slight problem was the key slot was slightly smaller than the key that I removed. But a few minutes with a file and a few thousandths of an inch off the key fixed it. While I was replacing the cutterhead I also replaced the bearings and the v-belt as well. After alignment it worked perfectly and produced a very smooth finish. By the way this cutterhead has a 63mm cutting circle as mentioned in other review the circumference of your cutterhead should be about 7 7/8 inches or less. If it is larger, this is not the proper cutterhead.
I bought this for my Ridgid JP06101 jointer. There is a little confusion as the cross reference shows this cutterhead fits a Ridgid JP0601 (there is a one digit difference in the model number) but it works fine as an upgrade on my Ridgid. The shaft length where the drive pulley is installed is slightly shorter in length than the original head that came with my Ridgid jointer, but that wasn't an issue. Shaft diameters where the bearings mount are correct and match the original cutter head. You need a gear puller to remove the bearings from the old cutter head and some way of pressing the bearings on the new Shelix cutterhead. I had a gear puller but had to modify the arms to fit under the bearings so it would work. I just used a deadblow hammer and a deep socket to reinstall the bearings on the new cutterhead. I also wore very heavy leather cloves when handling the cutterheads as the knives/blades are very sharp. I sanded the original drive key so it would fit in the new cutterhead's keyway easier, but still a snug fit. Removal and installation is a little tricky in getting the mounting bolts to line up, but patience is the key. Total time for removal and reinstallation including bearing swapping, probably about two hours. maybe a little longer. Runs quieter, cuts smoothly. I like it. Prior to this I had replaced the cutterhead in my Dewalt 735 planer with a 13" Shelix cutterhead. It too runs quieter and cuts smoothly.
Byrd makes two heads for the Jet 6" CSDX jointer. This 6" cutter is for the older model - if the circumference of your cutter is ~ 7 7/8" this cutter will fit. Grizzly support wasn't aware of the difference...