The Basement #31: Byrd Shelix upgrade for the DW735

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Blog entry by JL7 posted 10-07-2012 04:36 PM 3843 reads 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I burn through planer blades like crazy so I bit the bullet and upgraded. Took about 2 hours this morning to install and cuts sweet on the very first pass. Time will tell, but should be a great upgrade.

On a side note – I use an old dust collector bag for chip collection – otherwise you fill up the dust collector or shop vac way to fast…....I think it will work anyways, just hooked that up yesterday.

Here is the difference in noise level – some say you don’t need ear protection with the Shelix, but I think it’s still a good idea…..

I’ve got a batch of Maple to plane up this afternoon so will see how that goes…...


Milled around 80 Maple boards – jointed 2 sides first, but the finish from the jointer not so good, so surfaced all 4 sides in the planer…....the finish looks good – handles the figured stock very well….last photo is a kind of a prototype of some furniture ideas I’m kicking around with this Maple…...which I have a quantity of 20” pieces…..

One thing to note – the diameter of the Shelix head seems to be smaller than the factory blades, which makes sense if you understand how this has to be installed. So will just take a bit of time to adjust to the change. So the pre-set stops will need to be tweaked, etc… I use a vernier caliper as a rule so probably not a big deal…...

Bottom line – the cut performance out of the box is impressive….as it should be…......

Thanks for looking…

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#1 posted 10-07-2012 04:42 PM

Do you notice any difference in quality of the cut/finish? What about weird grain, knotholes, etc?

-- Allen, Colorado

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#2 posted 10-07-2012 04:49 PM

Havent watched the video yet Jeff, but if you dont mind how much was it, and where did you get it from? Please update us on results after you have had plenty of play…er plane time.

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#3 posted 10-07-2012 04:49 PM

Wow. Quite a difference in noise.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#4 posted 10-07-2012 05:07 PM

Bob – haven’t really run any wood yet except for that piece ok Oak – which did have a knot, and it looks good…

Shane – Best price I could find was at Global Tooling – here – $402.00

I ordered it, then they called and said it would be 5-6 weeks and then 2 days later it was at my door? So I think it showed up within 4 days of ordering…....

Also bought a set 6-1/8” HSS jointer blades (3) for $11.00…....solid value – will be testing those soon as well…....

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#5 posted 10-07-2012 06:44 PM

Now thats a big difference Jeff.
Very impressive.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#6 posted 10-07-2012 07:01 PM

Neat. That has always been tempting. That planer is good enough to upgrade to a helix.
Two hours, huh.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 10-07-2012 07:04 PM

i want

great upgrade jeff


-- 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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#8 posted 10-07-2012 10:40 PM

Thanks for the comments folks – added a bit of content to the original post…..I like the upgrade…..

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#9 posted 10-08-2012 12:53 AM

As you know I just purchased a used DW735, with a mangled cutterhead. DeWalt sells a replacement head for $111.10. so for about $300, the shelix is a reasonable upgrade.Unfortunately, my bank account is telling Howie Mandel; “NO DEAL”!!!

So the dust bag is a new addition???

Now then, about your old cutterhead…....

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#10 posted 10-08-2012 12:54 AM

now the planer motor is the noise maker, that head would be great on a belt drive planer

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#11 posted 10-08-2012 01:14 AM

Randy – I sent you a PM on the cutterhead – let me know if you didn’t get it. I used the dust bag on my old Craftsman planer that I sold yesterday. Always worked good, and now after planing up the Maple today, it works good on the Dewalt as well. These planers have a serious chip blower built in, so no problem there.

The only deal with the bag is getting a good seal on the hose…...really only an issue when you first change over.

cutmantum – you are correct – the motor is louder than the cutting…....

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#12 posted 10-08-2012 01:38 AM

I got & responded to your PM.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#13 posted 10-08-2012 02:01 AM

Jeff, looks like this was a good investment for your shop. Enjoy! I’ll probably get over my helix head envy some day.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 10-08-2012 04:28 AM

Nice upgrade, you are tempting me on this one.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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