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

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Blog entry by WildmanJack posted 87 days ago 582 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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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 87 days ago

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

Thanks

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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HillbillyShooter

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#2 posted 86 days ago

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

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Bigrock

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#3 posted 86 days ago

Hey:
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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abie

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#4 posted 85 days ago

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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