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Made in the USA by Byrd®, these indexable carbide insert cutterheads are very well made and leave a great finish. The inserts are positioned along a spiral pattern, and rotate at a slight angle for a shearing action that leaves a glassy smooth cut on the toughest of woods. Comes with all 75 inserts on the cutterhead, plus 10 extras.


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37 Customer Reviews (5 out of 5 stars) : Sign in to write a review

Anonymous Reviewer
Impressed with craftsmanship 06/28/2020 2:16:57 PM

I did a lot of footwork prior to purchasing this cutterhead, and the quality is excellent. My planer is the oldest 15" Grizzly made, so I'm still wrestling through getting the new head installed, but I'm excited.

Charles F
Big performance boost 06/26/2020 12:42:01 PM

I replaced the head in my older (1988) planer with the Shelix head. Great performance improvement. Runs much quieter and planes better, especially on figured woods.

Anonymous Reviewer
Great Product 04/18/2020 11:20:09 PM

I bought this about a month ago,. I strongly urge you to take your time, I suggest you replace the bearings and seals; REMOVE ALL cutters before starting this project and take photos as you go. Surface planer is back up and running; it cuts exceptionally good, smooth and quiet.

Anonymous Reviewer
Impressive! 02/23/2020 12:44:22 PM

Was impressed with the ease in which this installation was! Very smooth results on the first pass of a piece of very notty oak! Well worth the price!

Anonymous Reviewer
Great update to Planer 02/12/2020 8:52:07 PM

Installed the shelix cutter head and bearings. Planed 80bf hard maple and what a difference! Much quieter and no tearouts. Worth the expense.

Wayne D
01/31/2020 2:25:26 AM

This is a great addition for my planer, It had 3 broken inserts when I unboxed it but everything else was ok. Great price and great product...

Anonymous Reviewer
09/11/2019 7:35:26 PM

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Anonymous Reviewer
Very pleased 07/10/2019 4:12:57 PM

I bought this cutterhead for my 1998 15 inch Grizzly planer. I generally tuned it up at the same time, but I think most of the changes I am experiencing are due to the cutterhead. It is substantially quieter, stock starts and feeds more easily, and, of course, the finished stock is substantially smoother with almost no plane marks at all. I couldnt be happier with it.

Anonymous Reviewer
05/12/2019 7:48:16 PM

The best shop change I ever made . The cut is ready for finish ..

Anonymous Reviewer
05/06/2019 3:13:46 PM

A fantastic and I'm important upgrade. I just purchased a new 15" Grizzly planner and without even turning it on with the basic blades I swapped them out for the Shelix cutter head. I've used it a few times since and awesome! Love it's quietness and super smooth finish.

Anonymous Reviewer
04/26/2019 4:29:34 PM

I ordered the planer about a month ago and received it less than a week later the shipping was very smooth and no damage whatsoever it was easy to set up and the spiral cutter was back ordered so I got the knife set up and ordered a bird head from grizzly and it was easy to install it took a couple of hours but nothing difficult I am very happy with it and so happy I also ordered a jointer and Im very pleased with that also I will continue using grizzly the machines are outstanding the quality of the products is great I recommend them to everyone who is shopping for any equipment and etc plus the service department attitude is like you are part of their family and I am not kidding

Dallas H
This is worth the money!! Do this upgrade as soon as you can 03/26/2019 5:47:59 PM

So, I ordered the W version of this. It's wrong for my planer. Grizzly was AWESOME to deal with and we got everything squared away with one phone call. New cutter arrives and I get back to putting it all back together. I will say this. The video out on YouTube from Grizzly does kind of glaze over some things. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBwmzacZFSs) This is a simple enough job that most people can do in a couple of hours. However, some things to note.
1) You only get the install instructions if you purchase a Grizzly cutter.
2) They skip over when you pull the gearbox apart that the gears just pop out, so it's OK to give them a little tug.
3) The separation of the cutter head and the gearbox - don't leave the bolt in as shown - you could bend it (so a friend tells me - HA)
4) Filling with gear oil - no one ever says how much oil to put in. That would be nice to know. Plus - as shown in the video (on its side) the oil will leak out of the four opening in the top.
5) With the reinstall of the V-belts means you had to take them off - they explain that. TIP: leave one nut in place so you will know where to tighten the motor back down to.
Other than that - it's a good reference video!

Reginald S
Great product 03/16/2019 4:45:46 PM

I purchased this cutter head on 3/9/2019 and it's the best thing I did to improve the quality of milling my rough lumber. I couldn't believe how smooth the face and side of the wood was. Now, I just ordered the cutter head for my planer. Thanks Grizzly for allowing me to upgrade my old jointer (G1018).

Anonymous Reviewer
Excellent product 02/10/2019 11:36:36 AM

Very satisfied with upgrade and quality of cutterhead.

Anonymous Reviewer
awsome cutter head, whish I would have done this a long time ago! 01/25/2019 3:49:48 PM

I received cutter-head, put it in easy, and it works great, cuts smooth and is quiet. I only wish that bearings and gasket were included in the order, or at least suggested.
thanks for a great product.

Anonymous Reviewer
12/29/2018 4:40:33 PM

Installed on 15 year old Delta 3 hp DC380. Pretty simple installation. I have seen noise level measurements on you tube but I can assure you the noise level is cut in half. Looking forward to not have to set knives anymore. While its a pretty expensive upgrade - it is cheaper than buying a new planer with preinstalled Shelix head.

Anonymous Reviewer
great upgrade 12/29/2018 3:52:37 PM

smoother cuts, quieter, a great upgrade for my planer.

Gregory P
Very pleased with this upgrade! 10/27/2018 1:44:52 PM

I installed this cutterhead in a Yorkcraft 15" planer that, except for the paint, is absolutely identical to a Grizzly G0453. Grizzly has an excellent video tutorial on YouTube on how to perform the swap. Being a woodworker and not a mechanic the process took me over 3 hours, but everything went off without a hitch. I am thrilled with the change in this machine. The noise level is much much lower and the quality of the cut is just excellent, even in heavily figured wood. I highly recommend this upgrade.

Anonymous Reviewer
American made 07/20/2018 2:54:45 PM

The frist one was wrong but with some pictures it was found wrong part sent.grizzly had picked up (free to me)and replaced with correct one.
Had to make extra call to remind them to ship right one.but all good.

Anonymous Reviewer
05/25/2018 11:26:00 PM

Great upgrade to my 15" planer. Biggest suprise was how much it reduced the noise levels. While not suggested, you could run the planer without hearing protection.

Anonymous Reviewer
Excellent product 04/22/2018 11:18:14 AM

Wow what a difference!! The cutter head was delivered in two days, was well packaged and installed in about two hours. The noise level with the new Byrd cutter head was greatly reduced. Almost dont need hearing protection. Although I still recommend you wear it. I ran about two hundred board feet of ash through the planer and the surface finish was like glass. I almost felt that sanding it with 220 grit would roughen the surface. Wish I would have installed it a long time ago.

Mike T.

Anonymous Reviewer
Great cutter 03/15/2018 12:01:20 PM

Byrd cutterhead turned our planer into different tool. It's much quieter now and there is less chip out.

Anonymous Reviewer
03/08/2018 11:23:17 AM

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Jud W
02/28/2018 9:32:18 PM

Switching out the knife cutterhead to spiral. Went perfectly

phil J
02/27/2018 11:40:36 PM

great product, should have purchased it a lot sooner. machine runs smoother and dust collect hasn't plugged up since spiral cutterhead was installed.

Anonymous Reviewer
Older G1021 Planer 01/28/2018 3:40:28 AM

This fit great in the G1021 15" Grizzly planer made in 1991. Had to freeze it and heat the bearing to get them to slide together but works incredibly well. Bought the 20" version for my dads I love it so much.

Anonymous Reviewer
09/30/2017 11:01:09 PM

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Anonymous Reviewer
Great upgrade for my 15" Jet Planer 08/13/2017 2:28:14 PM

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.

Frank C
Expensive upgrade but worth the price 08/04/2017 1:25:08 PM

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.

06/14/2017 5:20:00 PM

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James O
06/14/2017 12:48:51 PM

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.

Anonymous Reviewer
Very satisfied 06/08/2017 1:19:57 AM

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David B
06/01/2017 11:58:45 PM

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!

Anonymous Reviewer
Better than expected 05/31/2017 11:23:30 AM

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Anonymous Reviewer
Great Upgrade 01/27/2017 1:19:29 AM

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.

Anonymous Reviewer
01/26/2017 2:54:25 AM

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ray H
great product 01/25/2017 11:48:42 PM

best thing you can do for your planer. quiet and cuts great to