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Forum topic by fredd3039 posted 12-19-2013 02:43 AM 712 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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fredd3039

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12-19-2013 02:43 AM

Has anyone here converted a knife planer to the carbide cutter wheel? If so how does the carbide cutter function compared to the knives? Does it give a better finish?


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#1 posted 12-19-2013 08:25 AM

I have both knife cutters and a spiral cutterhead for my planer. The main differences are:

- less prone to chipout, particularly on figured wood. Aside from chipout, the surface is not better than good sharp straight knives.
- carbide stays sharp much longer than high speed steel.
- no more having to set the depth on planer knives.
- I can take less depth of cut with the spriral cutterhead. this is probably not noticeable, or may not be the case on a portable planer. Mine is a 5 HP stationary machine that is able to take extremely deep cuts with straight blades.
- spiral cutterhead is much quieter. i think the difference will be even more pronounced on a portable planer.

It is a nice upgrade. The sound difference alone was worth it to me. A neighbor used to know every time I used my planer, and my family could hear it anywhere in the house. Now it is quiet enough to have a conversation in the shop while it is running. That difference was from a combination of a planer upgrade from a portable planer to a stationary, and a spiral cutterhead on the planer.

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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fredd3039

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#2 posted 12-19-2013 12:28 PM

I have a 3 hp Grizzly that weighs about 500 Lbs so It is definitely stationary. The carbide sounds like it is well worth the money.
Thanks

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Tennessee

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#3 posted 12-19-2013 12:32 PM

Everything Paul says is right on. For me, a main issue was the ability to now plane figured wood. I often find burl and flame in a lot of the wood I buy locally, and try to cut those out for special projects. Used to just have to hand sand, hand plane, or throw it away.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#4 posted 12-19-2013 12:53 PM

I want to convert mine. I Have been looking at the Accu-head and at the Shelix.
I already have a Shelix on my jointer, I love it but iy is very expensive. For my Ridgid planer the Shelix is around $400.00.
The Accu-head is less expensive , around $250.00 on E-Bay but the reviews are not as good as for the Shelix.
I just bought a brand new band saw, so that will have to wait a little longer.

-- Bert

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knotheadswoodshed

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#5 posted 12-19-2013 01:14 PM

I recently put the Shelix head on my 6” Jet jointer, I was impressed enough to order one for my Dewalt planer that I will be installing this weekend.
Ordered it from Holbrens, if you do a google search, you can find a code for 10% off.

-- Randy - "I dont make mistakes, I make design change opportunities" www.knotheadswoodshed.com

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b2rtch

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#6 posted 12-19-2013 02:20 PM

Randy can you help with the Holbrens coupon, I cannot find it.
Thanks

-- Bert

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knotheadswoodshed

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#7 posted 12-19-2013 02:42 PM

Bert, sent you a PM

-- Randy - "I dont make mistakes, I make design change opportunities" www.knotheadswoodshed.com

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b2rtch

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#8 posted 12-19-2013 02:49 PM

Thank you Randy.
I just got a brand new 17” Grizzly band saw yesterday, I better wait a little before ordering this head.

-- Bert

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Shawn Masterson

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#9 posted 12-20-2013 09:52 PM

do you mean straight knives VS a spiral head or do you mean carbide knives VS HHS knives.

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