Workshop Improvements #1: New Helical Cutterhead

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Blog entry by ChrisCrafts posted 05-04-2011 10:35 PM 1028 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ever since I got my 8” Oliver Jointer I have wanted to replace the standard HSS knives witha Helical Carbide Cutter Head. My buddy at Jet said he would get me one at cost but that was going to be $341! Being forever “thrifty” or at least not liking to poor more than I need to for my toys, I have been looking everywhere for a bargain. I finally found one on eBay for a brand new Jet Helical head for only $215!!! Heck of a bargain.

I finally got the cutter head today and it looks all dreamy and hopefully far less trouble than HSS knives. The HSS knives are getting towards dull after running a couple hundred BF of Ash & Maple over them. Now I don’t have to worry about sharpening them or getting them inserted all perfect like. I do enough sharpening of bowl gouges I don’t need to mess around with Jointer Knives.

-- Chris, Washington The State!

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#1 posted 05-04-2011 10:43 PM

love to have one too
had to go with versa-knifes
for my DJ20 jointer
but they did come out with a helix head finally for it

now for the money

is this a grizzly
or the shelix
and let us know how it works for you

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 05-04-2011 11:03 PM

To say I’m jealous would be an understatement. First, you said Oliver 8” and i shuttered; then you said shelix and I cried like a baby. Congrats, you lucky ba$t.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 05-04-2011 11:14 PM

Good tools equals good work… so I am looking forward to seeing some great work…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 05-05-2011 12:30 AM

I did this also.
I purchased a used DJ20 from CL a few weeks ago and it wasn’t in the greatest of shape. It had been sitting in someone’s garage for a little while. I had to spend a few days removing the surface rust.
I bought a new head from Byrd tools. and now I have a top notch jointer in my garage.
Before this setup I had a 6 inch delta but I hated using it because I couldn’t get the knives set right. I would compensate by adjusting the fence.
Now I go to the jointer with everything.
enjoy your new tool

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#5 posted 05-05-2011 01:11 AM

I, too, am officially jealous!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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