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Forum topic by b2rtch posted 01-12-2014 10:26 AM 1609 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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b2rtch

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01-12-2014 10:26 AM

For the same reason ( tired of damaged knives as soon as replaced and tired to have to mess with them) that I installed a Shelix cutting head on my Powermatic jointer, after hesitating for quite awhile, yesterday I finally ordered a Shelix cutting head for my 13” Rigid planer.

Being a Maintenance tech by trade, I am not concerned at all about how to replace the head , yes this morning I was looking for some instruction to get an idea.
I could not find anything at all about replacing the head on pancake planers.
The only thing I found is for larger industrial; planers.
Do you have anything to give me an idea?
Thank you.

-- Bert


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#1 posted 01-12-2014 11:56 AM

Bert, I swapped mine out, but it was on a larger “industrial” planer. I would probably start by finding the take apart diagram. I think that would probably be the best place to start and see if that doesn’t clear up things for you.

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#2 posted 01-12-2014 12:23 PM

Good idea , thank you.

-- Bert

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#3 posted 01-12-2014 02:50 PM

.mypointexactly

-- Bert

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#4 posted 01-12-2014 02:50 PM

Bert,

You might want to go to the Byrd website; they’ve got a step by step with pictures for replacing the DeWalt 735 head. That may give you some idea what you’re in for with your replacement.

-- John

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#5 posted 01-12-2014 02:54 PM

Bert, what model Rigid do you have and what model head did you order? I have a Rigid 13 1/8” planer and while its working well now I foresee changing over in the future.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#6 posted 01-12-2014 02:59 PM

I have the R4330
I was thinking about buying a Grizzly 15” with helical head but I really do not use it that often.
There is nothing that I could found specific to the Rigid plane on Shelix website.

B4298 Byrd Shelix Head for Ridgid R4330 13” Planer $439.00 1 $439.00

-- Bert

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#7 posted 01-12-2014 03:25 PM

Thanks Bert

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#8 posted 01-12-2014 03:34 PM

I had this head quoted from Global Tooling a while ago and it was a little cheaper.
This quote disappeared from my email.
I sent them an email this morning to check the price again.

http://www.globaltooling.net/

-- Bert

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#9 posted 01-12-2014 03:39 PM

Attached are instructions for installation in DeWalt 735; perhaps it can give you a few hints for your Ridgid.

You might want to contact Holbren – a large seller of Byrd Shellix for most jointers/planers. I see indications on the internet that they include installation instructions for the specific jointers/planers.

http://www.byrdtool.com/files/Download/Dewalt735.pdf

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#10 posted 01-12-2014 03:51 PM

Remember to use your air hose with about 150lbs to blow out each torx head on that cutter. They are in tight and any dust will cause the bit to slip and damage the head. Pretty easy change actually.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#11 posted 01-12-2014 04:08 PM

I have one in my dewalt and love it. Wasn’t too difficult to install. It has smoothed several hundred bd ft of lumber and I have’t had to rotate the cutters yet! Plus it’s much quieter that straight knives.

-- .. heyoka ..

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#12 posted 01-12-2014 05:16 PM

Thank you all for your help

-- Bert

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#13 posted 01-12-2014 06:31 PM

Isn’t spending $450+ for a new head for that ~$300 planer rather similar to putting $6000 wheels on a $1000 car?

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#14 posted 01-12-2014 08:12 PM

The alternative it to buy $2000.00 Grizzly. I wish could find a used one but I don’t

-- Bert

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#15 posted 01-12-2014 08:58 PM

I couldn’t find any instructions for your planer on Holbren either. Maybe email them requesting specific directions. Perhaps the new head will include installation instructions.

Be sure to write a review for us. I’d be curious to hear how the new head performs.
Other reviews of the shelix head have been stellar.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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