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Forum topic by PurpLev posted 07-17-2009 05:13 PM 1927 views 2 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-17-2009 05:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: planer jointer cutterhead spiral dewalt delta after market

Asa Christiana from has bloged about this on his FWW blog it seems that Accu-Head – the maker of the spiral cutterhead for steelcity’s portable planer is now offering a spiral cutterhead for many of the common planers and jointers on the market for ~$250 each… not bad.

just wanted to give you guys heads up on it, if you haven’t seen this already. looks promising – but with no current experience, it’s still hard to tell how well they’ll perform and last.

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#1 posted 07-17-2009 05:23 PM

Looks interesting, but seems spare, with no overlap, and as if the cut were not being sheered. Maybe the competition will drive down some prices though!

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#2 posted 07-17-2009 05:26 PM

From a review here ,I guess different spiral heads get different results .It will be interesting to see how this one works.

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#3 posted 07-17-2009 05:27 PM

Jon, they blades dont seem to be installed at a sheer slicing angle, but they do overlap

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#4 posted 07-17-2009 06:11 PM

No DeWalt 733. Booo! :)

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#5 posted 07-17-2009 10:07 PM

But they do have one for the old Ridgid 13” I just picked up…..

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#6 posted 07-17-2009 11:21 PM

They are also HSS and are not carbide. So time will tell how they hold up.

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#7 posted 07-18-2009 02:37 AM

True. I’m not advocating for them, but it’s a good product to have in the market, to open the possibilities for the future. I currently have enough spare HSS blades to last me a lifetime, so I doubt I’ll do any modifications to my planer… but it looks good on paper. HSS does not last as long as carbide – but does have it’s advantages when it comes to sharpness – how much difference does it make in a planer? I have no idea, as I have very little experience with planer- the first and only one I’ve ever used (or seen in action) is the one I own…

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#8 posted 07-18-2009 03:38 PM

It is my understanding that a spiral cutter requires a little more horse power than does the knife cutters. You may want to investigate if your planer has the necessary power, before investing in the spiral cutter. pkennedy

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#9 posted 07-18-2009 04:17 PM

Chris, same thought here. I picked up an older Ridgid a few months ago. Could now turn a good benchtop planer into a great one. and for the going price of an older 2-knife Ridgid planer, say $150 to $200, and a $250 spiral head cutter, this hobby can actually be affordable! but i’m quite happy with the knifes for now. Hmmm Christmas…

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