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Forum topic by BJODay posted 05-05-2013 02:01 AM 833 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-05-2013 02:01 AM

I’m looking at purchasing a planer in the next year. I was wondering how a helical head is sharpened. I understand that 2 blade or 3 blade units can have the blades removed. But how does it work with a helical head? Do you remove the whole head? Individual cutting blades?

Thanks for any help.


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#1 posted 05-05-2013 04:04 AM

Helical heads have carbide blades that you rotate on four sides. After the have worn down you change them.

-- mrg

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#2 posted 05-05-2013 05:24 AM

Mrg is correct ,the replacement blades on my Grizzly Helical head only cost $20 for a set. after 3 years of using my planer I haven’t even turned them once yet.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 05-05-2013 12:52 PM

In concurrence with the above guys…while the helixical units are more expensive to start…the cutters can more readily be replaced, rotated, and ultimate…the over-all units produce a far cleaner surface than the traditional blade style.

Good luck…

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#4 posted 05-05-2013 05:17 PM

get the helical head in 15 inch and be happy happy happy and be done with it

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#5 posted 05-05-2013 06:37 PM

Thanks for the lesson. Jim it’s reassuring that the cutting edges stand up well.


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