Spiral cutterhead for DW735

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Forum topic by mnausa posted 07-15-2013 01:59 AM 1574 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-15-2013 01:59 AM

I’m interested in getting a spiral cutterhead for my DW735. I’ve been looking online and have read about the Byrd Shelix, Journal head from Global, and the Accu-Head. I use the planner regularly so I need the upgrade. The HSS blades are making me crazy. It seems that the Byrd and Global are comparable in quality and price($400-$450). The Accu-Head is $250. I’m sure that it’s one of those “get what you pay for” kind of things, but I just wanted to get some feed back from you guys. I’ve read some of the reviews on this site but they are a few years old.

-- Mike, Mississippi,

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#1 posted 07-15-2013 05:34 AM

I have heard only positive feedback on the byrd shelix head from Holbren.

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#2 posted 07-15-2013 05:59 AM

Watching with interest.
I just got the dewalt DW734 and holbren has a byrd head for that one too.

FWIW, the accuhead uses hss two sided inserts while the byrd uses 4 sided carbide inserts. I’d remove the accuhead from the equation.

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#3 posted 07-15-2013 03:47 PM

Does this head leave a scalloped finish or a flat finish like the hss knives leave?

-- Mike, Mississippi,

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#4 posted 07-15-2013 04:06 PM

I bought the Byrd Shelix from Holbren for my 735 and have been very pleased. Installation is pretty straight forward if you’re mechanically inclined. I think there’s a topic on here with pictures showing how the installation goes. If not Google it. The only thing I found out that wasn’t explained in the instructions was with the normal knives there’s a clip that prevents the blades from rotating backward. It isn’t needed with the Shelix head so it can be discarded. If you run into troubles, post here I or numerous others can help out.
Yes, it does leave a very, very slight scallop that’s easily removed with light sanding.

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#5 posted 07-15-2013 04:10 PM

as far as I remember the byrd is a true helical and uses a shear cutting action (cutters are set at an angle) – making it more efficient, quieter, and with a cleaner cut as opposed to the accu-head which has the cutters set parallel to the cutterhead and is more like the regular HSS blades – only with smaller replaceable cutters.

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#6 posted 07-15-2013 04:14 PM

Many months ago, I thought i read an advertisement for carbide cutters to replace the HSs cutters that are stock parts. Anyone know about those?

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#7 posted 07-15-2013 04:21 PM

Hey Mike, I was recently in same boat as you. I have a 735 that I didnt want to mess w/ the blades anymore so was looking at the different options out there. I ended up going with the 15” grizzly w/ the spiral head. I considered picking up the normal 15” and buying the Byrd cutter separate (it was just about the same price), but from all the reviews I’ve read, People dont report much of a difference between the different spiral configurations. All of that is very subjective.

I planed about 50 bd ft with the new planer this weekend and I was very pleased w/ the performance. I think you’ll be happy with whatever route you go.

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#8 posted 07-15-2013 10:19 PM

I have the Accu-Head in my Ridgid TP1300 and will never go back! Best $250 I ever spent!

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#9 posted 07-15-2013 10:40 PM

Alan, pushed the wrong button and flagged your post! Did not mean to. I have a rigid planer and would like some info on the cutter head.

Edit: no flag, it just reverts after a few min’s

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#10 posted 07-15-2013 10:52 PM

Got the Byrd Shelix head for my jointer in April and upgraded my 15” planer the next month. Incredible all the way around—ultra smooth cut and unbeliveably quiet! I got these from my buddies at Ballew Saw & Tool here in Springfield, MO and at 10% off list (best deal I found on Byrd). Their catalog doesn’t seem to list the Shelix for your DeWalt, but call them because I know they can get whatever you want.

Best wishes and enjoy.

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