What to do with 8" jointer cutterhead that is no longer being used?

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Forum topic by Holbs posted 09-12-2019 02:49 AM 437 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-12-2019 02:49 AM

About 5 months about, I pulled the trigger on a Shelix 8” GeeTec jointer cutter head. Tonight, finally got around to swapping out the old 3 straight blade knife cutterhead to the Shelix. Easy installation, loved it! I gots some minor adjustments to do as the Shelix cutterhead side closest to the fence moves my straight edge forward 1/8” (perfect!), however the far side barely scratches it. Gotta find out if simpler to adjust cutter head or the outfeed table.

But now… what do I do with the old straight knife cutterhead with 6 knives (3 were in use, 3 were spare)? Put on craigslist for free or donate to … local woodshop club?

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#1 posted 09-12-2019 02:56 AM

Maybe you should keep it.
Just in case the whole adjusting the jointer thing goes south. :^)

-- Aj

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#2 posted 09-12-2019 03:01 AM

Likely you will never go back to it, now that you have a much better form of cutter.

You could look into a donation, or a freebie, but that does nothing to help recoup the cost of the Shellix.

You could put it on that famous online auction house. Somewhere there is a guy who’s 3 blade machine needs a new hub, and all of those knives..

I try to pay it forward as much as I can, but I also like to have my past hobby parts pay for the newer ones.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#3 posted 09-12-2019 10:28 AM

Very rarely you will see someone in need of one and he/she might even be willing to pay for it….but the emphasis is on “very rarely”. I use mine in a hydraulic press to bend curves in sheet metal (well, at least twice), but it’s fairly well covered in rust now and still sits in my shop. I did offer the knives to anyone who needed them, and they pay the shipping.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#4 posted 09-12-2019 02:28 PM

i have the same situation,im just holding onto mine just in case,but it will probably just rust away.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#5 posted 09-12-2019 03:39 PM

Would they be of use to a knife maker?

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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#6 posted 09-12-2019 03:39 PM

Would they be of use to a knife maker?

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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#7 posted 09-12-2019 04:01 PM

Mine sat around for a year and went in the metal recycler.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#8 posted 09-12-2019 06:49 PM

Are there any local woodshop clubs around you? I keep too much stuff I might use eventually and packing up to move down here really let me see that. Too much stuff got trashed that could have been otherwise sold or donated just because there was too much saved crap to go through and not enough time. I’ve told myself never again but sometime “never” doesn’t work out too well. Unless you’re reasonably sure you’ll use it for something within the next year, I’d get rid of it after a couple weeks just to make sure you don’t think of something else to use it for in the near future.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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