Jointing old hardwood flooring with shelix head?

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Forum topic by BerBer5985 posted 10-18-2012 03:42 PM 835 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-18-2012 03:42 PM

I just converted my DJ20 over the byrd head and it’s awesome! But I started thinking if it would be possible to run old hardwood flooring through it since it has carbide blades on it. I know the polyurethane will eat up the steel blades, but not sure about carbide. Any suggestions? My next purchase for this type of work will be a drum sander with course paper, but I don’t have it yet. I own a flooring store and I’d love to use more leftover hardwood for projects, but sanding down each piece with a belt sander before jointing and planing is honestly a PIA.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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#1 posted 10-19-2012 02:26 AM

I would try it if it were mine. If you dull an edge just rotate it. that’s the beauty of the shelix.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#2 posted 10-19-2012 02:31 AM

Most of the pre-finished flooring I have used has an aluminum oxide coating which is MUCH harder than polyurethane. It kills regular planer blades but the carbide may handle it. Keep us posted.Ask someone who mills/sharpens carbide how it fares with aluminum oxide.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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