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bbrown

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10-27-2015 02:15 PM

I’m hoping to upgrade my old General 6 inch jointer with a spiral cutterhead. I’m looking at the Grizzly catalogue, page 50 ( http://www.grizzly.com/catalog/2015/main/?p=50 ) where there seem to be 3 options:

1. An “indexable carbide spiral cutterhead”
2. “Spiral cutterhead”
3. “Bryd Shelix Cutterhead”

The Bryd is the cheapest and the “spiral cutterhead” the most expensive. But all are close to $300.

Any advice on which on to get? Any other suggestions on where to buy? Are these difficult to install? Any advice or tips re. installation?

Thanks very much,

—Bill

-- Forest, Virginia ; Micah 6:8


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WoodNSawdust

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#1 posted 10-27-2015 02:21 PM

I recall at least one magazine review that gave the highest marks to the Bryd Shelix version.

Also, there was a thread posted on the forums that said Grizzly used a non-standard sized carbide cutter in their machines and that you could only get carbide replacements from Grizzly.

Good Luck choosing.

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#2 posted 10-27-2015 02:31 PM

Byrd. Bets performance, easy to acquire blades (when you need to), you will love it.

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#3 posted 10-27-2015 02:39 PM

Pretty sure the byrd shelix is the standard.

Edit: the Byrd is usually the most expensive I thought.

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#4 posted 10-27-2015 03:08 PM

Actually you lucked out, the Grizzly Christmas catalog just arrived (at least at my house) and the Byrd for your jointer is on sale for $240. The others are on sale as well. Look closely at the differences, the “indexable carbide” thing comes new pulleys, bearing blocks and some stuff. The price of all 3 on a comparable basis may be closer than you think. As for me, I’d choose Byrd. I have them on my jointer and planer and couldn’t be happier…and as somone mentioned the Griz inserts may be propriety, there are aftermarket sources for the Byrd cutters.

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#5 posted 10-27-2015 03:19 PM

I went with the Byrd for the fact it’s made here and you know you will be able to get replacement cutters when you need them. I up graded both Planer and jointer and have no regrets.

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#6 posted 10-27-2015 03:50 PM

Just make sure those blades don’t cost more than the machine when it comes to replacing them.

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#7 posted 10-27-2015 04:17 PM

The byrd head for 15” planer is only $539, sounds like a deal since I just got my 15” with straight knives delivered yesterday. Says not available for immediate shipment though, wonder how long that would take.

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#8 posted 10-27-2015 05:35 PM

I have no idea about the wait, but I bought both of mine from Grizzly…and the savings are worth at least a little time spent waiting (IMHO).

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#9 posted 10-28-2015 12:39 AM

The Byrd, made in kentucky, just like me.

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#10 posted 10-28-2015 01:17 AM

Byrd without question and made in U.S.A. Easy to install, especially compared to installation on the 15” planer. Each blade has 4-usable edges and replacements are reasonable. I installed Byrds on my 8” jointer and 15” planer about 2-1/2 years ago; and, one of the best decisions/investments I’ve ever made.

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Gixxerjoe04

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#11 posted 10-28-2015 02:07 AM

Joey, where is it made in ky? Luckily the sale lasts until the end of the year, will probably wait until my funds get a little better.

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panamawayne

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#12 posted 10-28-2015 02:14 AM



I recall at least one magazine review that gave the highest marks to the Bryd Shelix version.

Also, there was a thread posted on the forums that said Grizzly used a non-standard sized carbide cutter in their machines and that you could only get carbide replacements from Grizzly.

Good Luck choosing.

- WoodNSawdust

I replaced my Grizzly spiral cutters on my 15 inch planer with ones I found on Amazon.com for about half the price,I haven’t noticed any difference betwen them.

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joey502

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#13 posted 10-28-2015 08:11 AM



Joey, where is it made in ky? Luckily the sale lasts until the end of the year, will probably wait until my funds get a little better.

- Gixxerjoe04

Leitchfield, 2 hours from Lex. Out the WK parkway, about 1/2 way between rough river and nolin lakes.

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wbrisett

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#14 posted 10-28-2015 09:54 AM

Good news… I’m officially a packrat who saves years worth of emails (except at work where we can’t) ;)

A few years back when I asked Grizzly’s tech support about the differences between T10128 and H7655, here is the response I got:

We appreciate your interest in our products. The main difference between the T10128 and H7655 spiral cutterheads is where they are manufactured. The T1028 is made in China and the H7655 is made in Taiwan. We have added another source to provide a high quality spiral cutterhead to our line up. Both these two spiral cutterheads are made to our Grizzly specs. Both these cutterheads use German made carbide inserts.

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I ended up going with the H7655 but honestly, I’m not sure it really mattered. I did note at the time that people either loved or hated the Bryd, which is why I opted to leave the Bryd out of my decision.

I do have a thread that shows the installation of the cutterhead in my ShopFox planer: http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/3406

Good luck!

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rwe2156

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#15 posted 10-28-2015 11:52 AM

I also went with the Byrd in my Grizzly jointer.

Installation was a snap cutterhead drops right in.

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