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Forum topic by signalwarrant posted 02-20-2016 02:28 AM 737 views 1 time favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-20-2016 02:28 AM

Wondering if any of you seasoned DW734 users using carbide blades or the disposable blades. If you have used the carbide blades where do you get them.

A quick Google Search yielded these: but I prefer to get some firsthand input.

Thanks in advance

-- Planer: DW734

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#1 posted 02-20-2016 05:22 AM

I went through this same decision making process with my 735. I considered aftermarket HSS knives, reasoning that a different brand might last longer.

Then I considered carbide straight knives. I was turned off by the fact that they usually only have one sharp cutting edge, and can cost 3-4x what the stock knives do. One nick from an errant staple and I would be right back to square one.

I then debated about the accuhead and other segmented cutterheads. Some have carbide teeth, some do not. A key review by FWW magazine found that tearout wasn’t improved much in figured stock.

Finally I decided on the Shelix head. The individual carbide cutters have four sharp edges. The shear angle of the cutters cut cleanly and yield really no tearout in figured white oak. The blades stay sharp after miles of hardwood, and if you get a nick, just rotate one or two cutters. The finish it leaves is impeccable, needing only a light sanding before applying a finish. The Shelix is expensive initially, but it has already started to save me money. Every time I went to Home Depot I would buy another set of blades. I am so glad those days are over.

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

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