Helical Heads #1: Just replaced my head !!!

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Blog entry by WildmanJack posted 06-02-2014 09:54 PM 1180 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yes and I needed it, LOL. Anyway I bought an older Jet jointer, it’s green, and the blades had a chip in them. Luckily it was very close to the fence, but I have been seriously considering buying a Helical head for it. So after some research I ordered a Byrd helical head. It took about a month to get but today UPS delivered a thing of beauty. It took maybe g20 minutes to install it, due to the fact that the bolts holding down the pillow blocks were in a how should i put this? A rather difficult place to get to with a standard thickness open end wrench. To make a long story short, I got the new head installed, and leveled everything up, plugged the old girl in and WOW, does that helical head cut smooth !!!! That $400 was the best money I’ve spent so far on my shop accessories.
If any of you are thinking about changing to a helical head, Byrd is fantastic.
The head was shipped in a wood and heavy cardboard container, the blades are so sharp that I wore gloves while placing it in the jointer. i giver them 5 stars..

-- Just an old banjo player tryin my hand at woodworking.

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#1 posted 06-02-2014 10:08 PM

Nice! Glad it is working so well for you. Let us know how it performs in the long haul, and with tricky figured grain.


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#2 posted 06-03-2014 12:20 AM

Congratulations on a great choice. My bet is that you’ll enjoy your Byrd head more every time you use it.

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#3 posted 06-03-2014 12:43 AM

They work and keep on working. Mine are now 3 years old and I still have not turned any heads. It was as you said best investment to my shop, both jointer and thickness planner.

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#4 posted 06-03-2014 11:36 PM

my shop has an old 20 inch grizzly planer
anyone know how to install Helical heads in it???
We would appreciate help and comments.
Live in Northern California.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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