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Forum topic by Joe posted 02-14-2012 10:57 PM 2145 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-14-2012 10:57 PM

Thinking about buying this jointer with the helical cutter head. The Powermatic planer comes with the Byrd Shelix cutter head but the jointer doesn’t come with Byrd. I called Byrd and asked what was the difference between theirs and PM? They said they don’t know but PM just uses them for their planers.

They cost 2,999 with the PM Helical cutter head and 2,200 with the straight knives. You can buy the Byrd cutter head for it for 449 and save about 400 bucks plus have the straight knives.

Anyone knows why PM uses the Byrd for their planers and uses PM or some other manf for their jointer? Or am I missing something?

-- Senior Chief

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#1 posted 05-13-2012 11:55 AM

not sure. I have the grizzly stuff, 8 inch jointer and 15 planer both with their strait segmented carbide cutterhead installed on them, love them but they are pricey to replace anbout 5 bucks a pop through grizzlly. there are some other websites offering the same cutterhead 14×14x2mm square. so im going to try the others offered at about 1.5 a cutter first. they come in packs of 10. Its probably they same with powermatic but, the one cutter is not a true spiral shearing action but a cutting strait action. Works wonders for me even in figured woods, you can plane any direction. PM problably offers their own with if cheaper to produce but beware like I said the cutters are prob. not redilly avalible unlike the standard shelix cutter, replacements are also cheaper. hope this helps.

-- Bryan, york pa

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#2 posted 05-13-2012 12:54 PM

I’ve upgraded my PM 54A to a Byrd and love it. I think I will be upgrading the 1hp motor to a 1 1/2 or 2 hp, since it seems the shelix head requires more power, since there is always a cutter head in contact with the wood. Might be something to think about, if you’re contemplating buying a straight blade and upgrading. I also upgraded my 15” planer to a Byrd, but the 3 hp motor seems to have no problem with the different head. I agree with Bryan, the difference in the Byrd shelix and the helix type heads, is the angle that the inserts cut. I’ve found the cheapest place to buy the Byrd head is from Grizzly and Holbren has the best price on the replacement inserts.

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#3 posted 05-18-2012 08:13 AM

I have the Byrd on my older powermatic 8” jointer and love it… Try Global tooling for the cutters I think they are about 2 bucks each.

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