Who has used the Disposablade self setting knife system?

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Forum topic by SweetTea posted 07-29-2018 12:13 PM 638 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-29-2018 12:13 PM

So I have been considering the idea of buying a spiral head for my planer and possibly my jointer due to the time and effort that goes into changing their knives. I just happened onto this Disposablade website and was wondering if any of you guys have any experience with them? Is it really as easy as it looks? It’s basically a double sided set of knives that has a “self set” feature that ensures you get them set properly every time. I know that upgrading to a spiral head on both machines would be the best option with regards to ease of use, and finish quality, but at just under $2,000 for both machines the Disposablade system looks pretty nice.,

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#1 posted 07-29-2018 04:16 PM

I assume you mean Dispozablade and if you are looking for reviews you may also want to look for Esta since some people refer to them by the company name.

They have gotten generally decent reviews over the years and the one Self Set (I have not used a Posi-set head head) I had contact with worked fine. They are not quite as simple and quick as a Tersa or the various heads on Euro jointers, planers and JPs but they get the job done. The bottom line is the more you use the jointer or planer the less cost advantage you have with a Dispozablade head, the knife cost will catch up and exceed a helical head at some point.

If you do decide to go forward I would suggest just doing the jointer first. Assuming like for most your jointer would be cheaper than doing your planer and it lets you decide for yourself. That way if you decide to change courses you could just do the helical on the planer since most people would choose that route if only doing one.

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#2 posted 07-29-2018 04:43 PM

I don’t think these would even serve a production shop well where they can have multiple sets of knives and a sharpening service they use regularly. They can just keep rotating the knives in and out with those they get back from the service, and never be without a sharpened set if they always have a set or two ready to go. Using a Tersa or some of the self-set systems, make the blade setting a non-issue. As was stated above, these can quickly get expensive.

These for the hobbyist really doesn’t make sense either. Have two sets, one in the machine and one sharp and you’re GTG. Sharpening knives with a jig isn’t all that hard or time consuming. Do the second dulled set in off time. It’s still shop time :)

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