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#1 posted 10-21-2018 02:21 AM

Yes sir, white oak will dull blades very fast. I too have a 54A long bed and I recently went to a Shelix cutter head. It is easy to install and it positively solves the white oak blade killing problem.
It may not just be that you are milling white oak…local oak around here has a lot of minerals and grit actually in the wood. It is always better if you mill nice clean wood that is dirt and dust free. I used to think it was dirt or “sand” or some other grit on the surface that was killing my blades. Then I bought a saw mill and I take care to carefully clean my wood before I sticker stack it to dry inside. It does not have dirty surfaces, but it still killed my blades.
Not everything you hear about the Shelix is necessarily true…mine is no quieter than sharp, properly set up straight blades, it still has some tear out and it does not produce a smoother finish than freshly sharpened and properly set straight blades, but…it don’t go dull.

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