Shelix cutterhead

  • July 30, 2023 8:41 AM
    Message # 13234080

    I'm considering getting a Shelix cutterhead for my jointer to improve performance on highly figured wood.

    Does anyone have experience in switching to this cutterhead. was it easy to change and does it work well?

  • July 30, 2023 3:50 PM
    Reply # 13234174 on 13234080

    I've subscribed to watch this question as I'm considering the same.  At July's FIG meeting two or more people mentioned having done it and finding the switch not hard.

    Last modified: July 30, 2023 3:51 PM | Bob McKee
  • July 31, 2023 5:23 AM
    Reply # 13234362 on 13234080

    I upgraded the cutterhead in my Grizzly Ultimate Jointer (12") about 18 months ago. Grizzly used to offer a helical head upgrade for this machine, but discontinued it, so I had to do it with no instructions. Given this it took a few days to figure it out, working on it part time. After multiple calls I was able to find someone at Grizzly support that knew the machine and provided a few pointers that really helped in the disassembly. I had to go out to buy bearing pullers once I had the old head out of the machine to remove the old bearings so I could re-use the mounting blocks. The new head has worked well since. Occasionally I have to tweak a few of the cutters because one or two of them will creep up higher than the others. Shellix recommended a procedure for tightening them down again, l but I found this still occurs periodically.

  • August 01, 2023 2:53 PM
    Reply # 13235223 on 13234080
    Tim Holiner (Administrator)

    I am one of those who upgraded to a Shelix cutterhead on my 9" Grizzly jointer = also did my 15" planer. The jointer procedure was wuite simple and my recollection is that it took less than 1/2 hour. I replaced the bearings at the same time since the cutterhead was already out ot the machine. It probably isn't necessary if you jointer doesn't have a llot of hours on it but it's easy and eliminates the possiblility of damaging the bearings when you are removing them.

    That being said, the results are fantastic. I don't have to worry about feed direction and figured wood comes out extremely clean - no tearout. Definitely a good upgrade.

    Good luck.

  • August 02, 2023 7:02 AM
    Reply # 13235462 on 13234080

    I replaced the cutterhead on my 6" jointer several years ago. The procedure was easy enough, but I would suggest that 1 other person to help, as the directions call for, is essential. On an 8" or bigger jointer, don't even think about trying it alone. Yes the results of the new spiral head cutter are great, noise is reduced and sharpening blades is very distant in the rear view mirror. On highly figured wood just remember to take minimal cuts as possible, you can still get tear out with too aggressive a cut.

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