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    Installing Byrd Shelix Cutterhead in DW734 Thickness Planer

    This was some footage I shot a few months ago and finally got around to editing. I put a segmented spiral cutter head in my lunchbox planer. Boy was it a challenge to get apart - but we got 'er done!

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    Re: Installing Byrd Shelix Cutterhead in DW734 Thickness Planer

    Jason,
    You don't know how much I agonized about doing that to my 733.

    Finally, I went the combination machine route to reduce shop floor usage and gain a 12" planer.
    All for about $1300 additional.
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    Re: Installing Byrd Shelix Cutterhead in DW734 Thickness Planer

    Very Cool.

    I have always thought that a spiral cutter head would be better than a straight cutter.

    My thoughts are - I always sand after the planing anyway - so why worry too much about the finishes from these cuts?

    I suppose there is a reason though.
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    Re: Installing Byrd Shelix Cutterhead in DW734 Thickness Planer

    I'm the same way, leo. These machines don't yield a finish-ready surface no matter what. But with the amount of figured wood I seem to be heading towards using with all the guitars I wanna build, these heads seem like a good way to at least try to avoid some of the tearout that straight knives always seem to give.

    I haven't run any heavily figured stuff through yet, so time will tell, but hopefully I can save some time at the drum sander with this cutter head.
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    Re: Installing Byrd Shelix Cutterhead in DW734 Thickness Planer

    I didn't realize they made one for the 734. Very cool. My boss & a coworker have the 734 - we've been using both quite a bit. I find the stock knives to dull very quickly. How is the bog with the spiral? I never did feel like I could take much more than 1/32 passes with the 734 and stock knives.
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    Re: Installing Byrd Shelix Cutterhead in DW734 Thickness Planer

    It seems to bog a little bit, yeah -- about 1/16" is the most i can take, usually. Tho, i've only run a little through it so far, i think in the long run it'll be a good deal (it'd better be, after an all-day installation!)
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    Re: Installing Byrd Shelix Cutterhead in DW734 Thickness Planer

    I think I have had mine in a 735 for about 4 years now. Rarely need to change the blade direction, and in the long run, it has been $ well spent. Although, you won't escape snipe! (Unless you have a flashlight and pillow case)
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