|Forum topic by cstrang||posted 1411 days ago||2600 views||0 times favorited||30 replies|
1411 days ago
As we already know, the helical cutter head is offered as an accessory or add on feature by many tool manufactures. They are slightly more expensive than the straight knives the woodworking industry has known for many, many years but the price is coming down with time. The helical head leaves a cleaner cut as it is cutting the wood in a shearing motion rather than a scraping motion, which is really handy of you work with highly figured woods. As I said before, many tool manufactures offer this, but who is getting left behind? I am yet to see Delta offer this feature in their product line, will they be coming out with this feature? If they don’t I see them losing customers just because they don’t give the options of their competitors. There are also many different styles of helical heads, which one is best? Do you think it’s worth the extra money? And will the helical head take over as the standard in planers and jointers in the next few years?
I’ll add my view, I think the helical head is worth the extra money, I will be purchasing a new jointer and planer over the summer and the last thing I want is to pick up the straight knife model and regret not getting the helical head. Having seen the results of the helical head myself I think they are the next “big thing”.
Chime in with your 2 cents, looking forward to everyone’s comments.
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