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Forum topic by mckenziedrums posted 01-12-2010 04:22 AM 821 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2010 04:22 AM

Obviously those of you using steel city planers… but I’m curious to see if anyone has purchased the aftermarket one. It’s a little late to ask since I just got my tracking number for mine but oh well. For $249 it’s hard to beat… I understand it doesn’t have as many cutters as the SHELIX but it’s considerably less expensive and if I get better results than with the regular knives I consider it a success. My poor little Ryobi was struggling on some harder curly maple the other day so I figured I’d give it a shot.

Oh and if no one else has tried them… I’ll post a review once I get it installed.


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#1 posted 08-15-2010 07:11 AM

How did this work out?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 08-15-2010 02:22 PM

It’s great… quieter and much smoother cuts than the straight blades. The actual install is not for the faint of heart but if you go slow and grab a diagram online of the planer it’s pretty straight forward. The only issues I ran into were getting the bearing out on the side opposite the belt but with a punch and some judicial hammer use I managed it. It’s an awesome upgrade that I’m happy I purchased.

Incidentally I tested in on some of the softest ambrosia curly maple I had… previously my planer would gouge it to no end and now I’m taking silky shavings off of it with barely if any tear out. Good stuff.

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#3 posted 08-15-2010 02:30 PM

Cool, sounds like it was money well spent.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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