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Rockytop

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02-23-2017 03:53 PM

I’m needing info from those with experience. I have a ShopSmith pro planer 12”. I’m wanting to order an extra set of knives. ShopSmith says “ONLY TO USE THEIR KNIVES” That other knives will not seat correctly. Through their website, they are $110. I found a seller online (mywoodcutters.com) that sells a set specifically for ShopSmith for $36. My question is: will they seat properly and safely and how are they quality wise.


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shipwright

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#1 posted 02-23-2017 04:03 PM

That’s a very hard question to answer ….
But have you looked on eBay for a good used set of SS blades? There are always people breaking down SS stuff to sell as they can get more for the pieces than the whole machines.
Might be worth a look.

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#2 posted 02-23-2017 04:35 PM

I have the same planer and managed to find an unused set on eBay and paid $65 bucks for them. Admittedly, I scoured eBay for a while after I got the machine used, knowing that I’d need to have a spare set and chose to use only SS blades as per their recommendation.

However, at $35 bucks for a set of three blades, I’d say try it. You may end up getting what you pay for but if they work as advertised, it’d be a a substantial savings for a necessary shop item.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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Rockytop

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#3 posted 02-23-2017 10:19 PM

Does anyone who has a Shopsmith ever tried these knives from mywoodcutters? Or can anyone vouch for their stuff?

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#4 posted 02-25-2017 07:55 PM

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Shopsmith-Replacement-Planner-blades-/142292424010?hash=item21214a154a:g:VJIAAOSw3v5Ysbwv

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#5 posted 02-25-2017 11:16 PM

Shopsmith planer blades have a slightly tapered cross section that makes it practically impossible for them to ‘fly out’ of the cutter head. If you sign up for Shopsmith’s email list they often have ‘specials’ on joiner and planer blades.

I sharpen the blades myself using Shopsmith’s cutter guide and conical disk sander. I then further hone the bevels on abrasive paper on glass. It’s easy to feel the bevel.

Sharpening services seem to grind away too much metal. Using the cutter guide and conical disk only removes a few thousandths, thus you can sharpen the blades many times before the width becomes too short

http://www.shopsmith.com/ownersite/catalog/j_knifesharpener.htm

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#6 posted 06-04-2017 12:42 AM

Rockytop, Did you try the woodcutters knives? I was just doing a search and found their site then this post and am intrigued to try them as well.

-- TZ, Southern IL

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#7 posted 06-04-2017 04:05 AM

“Shopsmith planer blades have a slightly tapered cross section that makes it practically impossible for them to ‘fly out’ of the cutter head”
Contact (mywoodcutters.com) and ask if there made the same.

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