installing a spiral cutterhead--need help

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12-27-2011 09:58 AM

Topic tags/keywords: cutterhead replacement ridgid r4330 byrd tool shelix question

I recently received a “shelix” spiral cutterhead from Byrd Tool for my ridgid r4330 benchtop planer. How do I go about replacing the factory cutterhead with the new one? I’m not clueless when it comes to tools, but on this project, I’m lost so far. Thanks!

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#1 posted 12-27-2011 03:35 PM

If you go to they have some detailed instructions and some general ones. I don’t see one specific for your planer, but they may help you get started. I’d also take a bit of time and study your manual, including the exploded assembly drawing.

Good luck.

-- John

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#2 posted 12-27-2011 04:14 PM

I would be very interested in knowing how you do this. I too have the Ridgid and have long coveted the shelix. I was under the imrpression that it would not fit this machine…I’d be happy to be wrong!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#3 posted 12-27-2011 04:36 PM

I would start with the generic 4 post instructions on the site jmos is directing you to. The 13 inch Ridgid is a four post planer. The Dewalt has a different setup and the other 4 post instructions are for a larger planer. Please keep us updated. There are several of us with the Ridgid model and we would be most interested in your progress.


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#4 posted 12-27-2011 04:47 PM

I’m considered the shelix but I was worried about what you’re describing. I’m not looking forward to popping the lid off my DeWalt. Good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 12-27-2011 05:12 PM

The recent Wood Magazine did a test of after-market heads and did all of them on a DeWalt 735. However, they went into some detail as to the process, and it couldn’t be that different from what you have. With that, the Byrd site, some time spent looking at your tool, and some caution and planning, you should be ok. It doesn’t look that hard. Be careful and keep us posted.

Oh, and not to insult your intelligence, but be SURE to remove the blades from your cutterhead before you pull it, and don’t install the cutters of the Shelix before installing. The damage they can do to bearing races is amazing, to say nothing of your body.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#6 posted 12-28-2011 07:34 AM

The head you buy has to match your nachine re journal bearing location and size. Or you’re going to be into a very expensive project

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#7 posted 12-28-2011 02:36 PM

Bertha – on the Byrd site I referenced above they have blow by blow instructions specifically for the 735 with lots of pictures.

-- John

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