I have been looking at the Byrd Shelix cutterheads in the Grizzly
catalog. I read the experiences of one woodworker on the wreck who
replaced his Delta 8" cutterhead with one and was happy with the
results but required a machine shop to get it to fit. Has anyone
replaced the cutter head on their offshore jointer (sunhill, ridgid,
etc.) with a shelix? If so, how was the experience?
I replaced one for a customer yesterday. It was much easier than I thought it
was going to be. I had to take the jointer off the base to get to the two bolts
that hold in the bearing supports. (remove the fence, one bolt. Remove the dust
extraction chute then the three bolts that hold the jointer on to the base.
Support the jointer up side down on two wood blocks to keep the cutter from
hitting the ground. Remove the two bearing support bolts and remove the cutter
head. Remove the drive pulley (two allen screws, use a pulley puller) Remove
the two bearing supports. Reverse process. It took about 1 1/2 hours. I did have
to adjust (lower) the outfeed table when it was all over. The cut quality was
wonderful and the noise level was much lower. dive in!
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