Retrofitting planer with helical cutter heads

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Forum topic by Glen Peterson posted 12-25-2013 01:22 AM 1073 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Glen Peterson

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12-25-2013 01:22 AM

I’m contemplating adding a helical cutter to a Powermatic 15” planer. I was surprised to learn that the Byrd head costs over $700. That was about what I paid for the used planer. Does anyone have experience with this and willing to give some advice?

-- Glen

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#1 posted 12-25-2013 02:08 AM

In the end, can you justify the cost ? That is what I ask myself before buying anything.
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#2 posted 12-25-2013 02:43 AM

Yes, You will love your planner. No more sharping blades. Machine a lot quieter. No tear out in figured wood.
Check with Grizzly Tools. They may have the same Byrd head and it will be cheaper and maybe on sale.
I have a !5” Jet, which is the same machine except the paint. If you are strong you will have no problems. You said the machine was used. I would order new bearings also. Don’t get in a hurry. Plan to use a whole day, so if you have problems you have time to fix it. Get a quart of oil and a hand pump. Don’t use the old oil. Down load the instructions from Byrd, you will need them and follow them step by step. Good luck and have fun.
I went to Grizzly web sit and saved you money if it fits your machine.

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#3 posted 12-25-2013 01:35 PM

I bought mine Grizzly a 5 or so years ago and saved quite a bit of money. Mine is in a Delta 15”.

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