Is a spiral cutterhead really worth the extra $$$ ?

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Forum topic by WDB posted 03-21-2012 07:21 PM 1959 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-21-2012 07:21 PM

I’m considering the Grizzly G0453 15” planer. I just can’t convince myself the finish difference with the spiral cutterhead is worth the extra $600 (G0453Z). What do you all think?

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#1 posted 03-21-2012 07:38 PM

Can’t speak to the Grizzly but I put a Shelix on my DeWalt 735 and I wouldn’t have spent the money on the Shelix if I hadn’t thought it was worth it. And it was, I am very happy with it. The Shelix cost me around what I paid for the planer which is a hard pill to swallow. But I bought my planer back in 2004 I think when they were in the $400 price range.

And in the long run I think the Shelix type cutterhead is more cost effective. Nick a HHS blade and it’s sharpening or replacement. Nick a insert and you’ve got 3 more times to do it in that same spot before having to spend ~$10 to replace the 3 (that’s based on my Shelix) inserts aligned with that spot.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#2 posted 03-21-2012 07:55 PM

In short it is, at least to me. I have a 20” grizzly planner and I’m sure glad I paid the extra money.

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#3 posted 03-21-2012 09:41 PM

To me, just the noise reduction makes the extra cost worth…all the other good stuff is just icing on the cake.

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#4 posted 03-22-2012 12:56 AM

I upgraded my G0453 to the Bryd shelix and it’s worth every cent.

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#5 posted 03-22-2012 01:08 AM

better finish, better edge longevity, easier knife swapout, and I completely agree with Fred, the noise reduction is the real treat. I notice a 10 decibel difference in sound going from a standard cutterhead to a spiral on my woodmaster.

The only downside is that I have a deeper cut capacity on my standard cutterhead (3/16” vs. 1/8”), which doesn’t matter much to me for the way that I normally use it, but it could be a factor for some.

I wrote an article on this topic after upgrading my jointer with a spiral cutterhead:

The article is specific to jointers, but after upgrading my planer as well, I can tell you that I notice and appreciate the difference much more on the planer.

-- PaulMayer,

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