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recycle1943

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01-03-2017 12:34 PM

I’ve managed to stash away some disposable income and my mind has wandered to the Byrd cutterhead for my DW735.
To be honest, my planer finish is quite sufficient with the 2 edged blades designed for the DW735 – HOWEVER, I just can’t stand not having a toy that may or may not make life easier in the wood shop.
My planer work involves rough cut as well as a LOT of glue up planing and I don’t usually get in a hurry so depth of cut isn’t nearly as important as longevity of the cutter blade(s)
Any input ( good, bad or ugly ) from current users would be helpful to my sawdust laden mind.

Thanks in Advance
Dick

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them


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#1 posted 01-03-2017 01:08 PM

If blade life is your #1 criteria, the Byrd head wins hands down. It might also make the planer a little more quiet, but with that one it might not be as norticeable. I’d say go for it, I’ve never regretted getting the one I have. I just lasy year rotated the cutters on my planer for the first time….I’ve had the Byrd in it for about 6-7 years and it gets a fair amount of work (I always buy rough sawn wood). To be honest, I wasn’t sure I needed to rotate them, but I did anyway; didn’t notice any difference at all in the performance so i may have been a little early.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#2 posted 01-03-2017 01:18 PM

6 or 7 years ? are you kiddin me ??
I go thru a 2 sets of hss blades a year and thats using both edges.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 01-03-2017 01:53 PM

I’d say if you have the greenbacks, go for it.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#4 posted 01-03-2017 02:07 PM

I have Byrde heads on my 20” grizzly and 221 powermatic planers. BEST investment I ever made. Head was on Grizzly about 10 years and went through 3 indexes so far and i more to go. My wife and I are full time woodworkers and planers get used every day. Both heads have more than paid for themselves in blade sharping savings many times over.

-- mike & judy western md. www. pvwoodcrafts.com pvwccf1@verizon.net

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#5 posted 01-03-2017 02:42 PM



6 or 7 years ? are you kiddin me ??
I go thru a 2 sets of hss blades a year and thats using both edges.

- recycle1943

I’m not kidding. The deciding factor for me to buy one was reading a post on another forum. the individual ran a lumber mill in Peru milling exotic hardwoods. He went from changing planer knives once a day to rotating cutters once a month or something like that. I probably do less than 1000 bd. ft a year, but it’s still a fair workout for a hobbyist. That’s with a Delta 15”.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#6 posted 01-03-2017 02:44 PM

Hey Dick, Just saw your post and at first, after seeing how much the Byrde heads cost, I thought you were crazy spending that much. Then I did some checking and the more I read the more I like it. Did you see this Lumberjock Post (http://lumberjocks.com/BlankMan/blog/23845)?
So, based on how much you use your planer, I’d have to agree with Roger – if you got get it.
Besides that, with that name on it how can you go wrong!!
By the way our girls loved your bowls and were excited to get them after seeing ours.

-- Jerry - Ohio

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#7 posted 01-03-2017 02:47 PM

I have a DW735 put a shelix on it about 3 years ago. I would never go back to the old style head. Better finish, no tearout, less noise. Well worth the price. I have not rotated cutters yet.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#8 posted 01-03-2017 02:52 PM



I d say if you have the greenbacks, go for it.

- Roger

Roger, from the feedback thus far, it sounds like if I had to borrow the money it would be worth it.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#9 posted 01-03-2017 03:02 PM


Hey Dick, Just saw your post and at first, after seeing how much the Byrde heads cost, I thought you were crazy spending that much. Then I did some checking and the more I read the more I like it. Did you see this Lumberjock Post (http://lumberjocks.com/BlankMan/blog/23845)?
So, based on how much you use your planer, I d have to agree with Roger – if you got get it.
Besides that, with that name on it how can you go wrong!!
By the way our girls loved your bowls and were excited to get them after seeing ours.

- Jerry Spencer

Jerry, we both know I’m crazy by making 300 plus bowls a year, not to mention all the other stuff you saw, but I am getting tired of cbuying & changing blades.
No I didn’t see that link
One customer ordered 140 bowls and more than several ended up down in your area.
Real happy your girls liked the bowls, if you need more, let me know.
if they were related I might get a discount on the Shelix

Later
Dick Byrd

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#10 posted 01-03-2017 03:05 PM

I got the Byrd head for my 735 over three years ago and I’m still on the first face. Great finish, no hassles with changing blades, no tear out, no worries about feed direction, and great life. Also not too bad to install. I’d do it again.

-- John

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#11 posted 01-03-2017 03:06 PM



I have a DW735 put a shelix on it about 3 years ago. I would never go back to the old style head. Better finish, no tearout, less noise. Well worth the price. I have not rotated cutters yet.

- johnstoneb

Bruce, Did you have any difficulty doing the change out ? Everybody knows I’m NOT a mechanic

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#12 posted 01-03-2017 03:45 PM

No I didn’t have any problems. I am a mechanic. The directions were very good. just take your time and follow them. Take pictures as you are disassembling.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#13 posted 01-03-2017 05:04 PM

We have the directions on our website if you wanted to look at them.

https://www.holbren.com/misc/DW735.pdf

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#14 posted 01-03-2017 05:17 PM

I had someone mention the problem of snipe after changing their head. Sounded like he did something to minimize it but I’m not sure what.

This probably doesn’t help. I was going to ask him what he did when I get a chance to install mine.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#15 posted 01-03-2017 06:22 PM

I watched a video on utube and they used a donor board as a lead in and follow up to eliminate snipe. Nobody else ‘here’ has mentioned snipe but if it’s a problem, which is cheaper, donor boards or blades ?
I don’t have any snipe problem now, sure wouldn’t want to upgrade to snipe.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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