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What is a Shelix cutter head?

Manufactured in the USA by Byrd®, the H7768 15″ Shelix Cutterhead is very well made and leaves a great finish. The inserts are positioned along a helical pattern and rotate at a slight angle for a shearing action that leaves a glassy smooth cut on the toughest of woods.

Where are Shelix heads made?

Proudly made in Kentucky, each Byrd jointer head is made of U.S. tool steel with the inserts made with the finest European carbide. Byrd started the revolution and stayed true to American manufacturing by delivering the Byrd Shelix spiral cutter, a true quality product.

What is a Shelix?

The Shelix combines the advantages of shear & helix and spiral tooth action resulting in a smoother cleaner cut across the board. With the stagger tooth design there is no longer a need to replace a brand new straight blades if you happen to run a nail or hard knot through you planer.

What is the difference between helical and spiral cutterhead?

helical cutters are not at 90 degrees to the push direction, rather they are skewed and thus enjoy the same benefits as hand planing with a skewed action. spiral uses the same replaceable cutters but they are 90 degrees to the push direction and act as very small straight knives.

What is a spiral jointer?

It’s called a spiral cutterhead. It is a newer design that uses the concept of insert tooling rather than traditional straight knives installed in the cutterhead. Small square carbide cutters are placed in close proximity to one another along a machined spiral pattern in a steel head.

What is a helical cutter?

Helical cutter heads are also called journal heads or indexable insert cutter heads. When you change cutters, you are virtually guaranteed correct placement of the cutter in the head. Most cutters used for metal working lathes and milling machines employ this type of system, but to woodworkers it’s largely unknown.

Whats a wood jointer do?

A jointer is used to make the face of a warped, twisted, or bowed board flat. After your boards are flat, then the jointer can be used to straighten and square edges (guard removed for photo). There’s an infeed table and an outfeed table. The tables are aligned in the same plane.

Are spiral cutters worth it?

Depending upon the cost of sharpening and replacing knives in your area, it is unlikely that this longevity advantage alone will ever singlehandedly justify the cost of the spiral cutter upgrade, but it is a factor that can offset some of the price differential, so it is worth consideration. Super easy cutter changes.

Is spiral and helical the same?

The main difference between the two styles of stairs is to do with the central column, spiral staircases have a central column whereas helical staircases can be more modified in their shape as they don’t need a central column making them a much more popular choice for those wanting a completely bespoke design.

Is spiral or helical better?

I know helical is better, but it seems spiral offers many of the same advantages: better cut on figured woods, faster and easier blade changes. But the helical design is a lot more expensive.

Can you plane with a jointer?

It does exactly what a hand plane does, except that you move the wood across it instead of moving it across the wood. A jointer creates a flat surface on wood, and yes, it can be used to correct bow and warp on one side of a board at a time.

Do you really need a jointer?

Simply purchase your lumber already milled in S3S or S4S form (surfaced on three sides or surfaced on 4 sides). If you’re at a point in your woodworking where you’re starting to use rough sawn lumber, say from a lumber mill or your local sawyer, then a jointer is absolutely essential to your shop workflow.

What makes Byrd shelix spiral cutter head so special?

Many spiral cutter heads on the market reduce this problem as only small single knives cut the wood at any given time but this is where the Byrd SHELIX head makes all the difference: The knives are sitting on a diagonal angle on the head and therefore, offer a SHEAR cut instead of a straight cut.

Is the Byrd shelix Planer cutterhead factory machined?

Whether you are a woodworking pro or just enjoy do-it-yourself, the Byrd Shelix spiral cutterhead is the ultimate upgrade for any jointer or planer. Each Shelix cutterhead with four-sided solid carbide inserts is factory machined to exact dimensions. A smooth and easy installation is possible and no need modifications are needed.

Which is Byrd helical cutterhead for jointer and planer?

The Byrd Shelix spiral helical cutterhead with four sided solid carbide inserts is the ultimate upgrade for any jointer or planer. Each Shelix cutterhead is machined to the exact dimensions as the factory original so no modifications are needed for a smooth and easy install. – True helical cut (slices the wood)

How big is a Byrd helical cutter head?

When you are cutting a 10 inch wide board in your planer with a standard cutter head, you create 10 inch wide wood chips that your dust collection system has to suck up. The Byrd SHELIX head only cuts 15mm (about ½ inch) at any given time and therefore, the wood chips are much smaller.