DeWalt 735 (spiral heads)

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Forum topic by Grampa posted 05-16-2009 03:49 PM 2722 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-16-2009 03:49 PM

Would any of you or have any of you put a spiral head cutter on your dewalt 735?
I’ve been thinking about this for mine, but I think I would really like some feedback first.

Any comments or experiences? Thanks

-- -- Doug H, MI

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#1 posted 05-16-2009 05:39 PM

I don’t have a Dewalt but I definitely recommend spiritual heads, I have a grizzly.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 05-16-2009 06:47 PM

Spiritual heads?? We can only hope they’re good spirits and not evil spirits. :)

I was seriously considering installing a Byrd Shelix cutterhead on my 735 a month or two ago only because of the nicks I get in the knives once in a while, was even trying to work out a deal on one. They occur mostly on hard woods, last time it was when I was planing walnut and white maple. But I’ve decided to hold off for awhile.

I am extremely happy with the finish on all woods that the 735 produces my only complaint is with the knife nicks. It has something to do with the shear angle of the knives and in dealing with DeWalt they are addressing that issue. When/What a solution might be is unknown to me at this time but I’m going to wait and see if they come out with a remedy. If they do then I’ll stick with the knives in lieu of the cost of a Shelix cutterhead for now.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#3 posted 05-16-2009 07:15 PM

I’m sure a Shelix cutterhead would take care of the nicked blade problem, which is the reason I’m contemplating switching in the first place, because I’ve changed blades quite a bit since I’ve had the 735. I wonder how their solution will help the older machines?


Do you have a source for Spiritual heads? lol

-- -- Doug H, MI

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#4 posted 05-17-2009 02:25 AM

No question that a spiral cutterhead will produce better results head to head with straight knives. My concern would be whether the DeWalt has the horsepower to adequately perform with a spiral head. With a spiral head there are always cutters engaged with the wood, this requires horsepower to prevent the head from slowing down.

Do a bit of research. Even though many Manufacturers offer multiple styles of cutterheads today, it is pretty common for the machines with spiral heads to have a tad more horsepower.

-- Just 'cause a cat has kittens in the oven, it don't make 'em biscuits.

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#5 posted 05-17-2009 03:14 AM

Just google the model and you should find plenty of info from other forums about this combo. I researched it myself a while back when I was tempted to buy one for my 735.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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