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    DW735 conversion to helical head cutter

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    I am thinking of changing my planer to a Byrd Shelix cutter head. Has anybody done this conversion on the dw735?

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    Re: DW735 conversion to helical head cutter

    Dan,
    I think there may be a couple of threads talkign about this changeover - here is one;

    https://www.ncwoodworker.net/forums/...ht=Byrd+Shelix

    I think everyone that has done this is happy with the change, aside from turning a $600 planer into a $1000 planer.

    I have not done this expressly based on the cost, but I think it is a wonderful change especially for someone working on figured or tear-out prone woods like you do.
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    Re: DW735 conversion to helical head cutter

    I recently finished this conversion and have been very pleased with the results. There are several you tube videos on the subject between seven and thirty minutes long. Interestingly, the shortest was the best in my opinion. The most difficult part of the process was removing the 24 screws that attach the knives to the head. My planer is a type one and used Allen head screws. The Mose recent ones were apparently changed to a torx which should be easier to remove.
    Let us know how the change over goes and your opinion of the results.
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    Re: DW735 conversion to helical head cutter

    Dan,

    I made the change about 3 years ago and it is great. The install is fairly easy (number of YouTube videos giving step by step). I'm still on the first side of the cutters and working great. Additional benefit; noise level down at least 20%.

    I would advise changing the bearings with new seal bearing, it's a small additional cost.

    Good luck.

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    Re: DW735 conversion to helical head cutter

    Hopefully not too off topic, back when Steel City offered a DW735 comparable helical planer, I seem to remember the price was only slightly more than a DeWalt.

    Does anyone else offer a DW735 level planer with a factory helical head?



    I have two DW735s so I’m always interested in following these conversions.

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    Re: DW735 conversion to helical head cutter

    I added the Shelix head about 3 months ago and am very happy with the results. The only part I found difficult was getting the belt back on, but it must be put back on all the way or the belt will get shredded and you'll have to buy a new one. Don't ask me how I know :-)

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    Re: DW735 conversion to helical head cutter

    I'm going to convert mine too. I changed my old Grizzly 6" joiner 8 years ago. Best money ever spent. No comparison between the helix and straight knives.

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    Re: DW735 conversion to helical head cutter

    I did the conversion a couple years ago, went pretty smoothly thanks to some YouTube videos. I'm very happy with the results and it is indeed much quieter now.

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