Shelix Cutter Head
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I have a DW 735 planer that I like pretty well. Like any planer, I'm always dealing with avoiding tear out and snipe. I mainly use oak and maple, but also use walnut and cherry periodically.

Is the Shelix upgrade worth the price? Is it a good fit for this planer? I've read several reviews and people seem to really like it with this planer.

I have the Wixley gauge, so the adjustment for the smaller head is not an issue for me. Noise level is also not an issue for me.
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  Re: Shelix Cutter Head by lincmercguy (I have a DW 735 plan...)
Well, you ruled out noise which, to me, is one of the more important reasons to have one. Here's what I would think through: it does reduce tear out significantly...actually eliminates it on all but the widest grain. It does nothing for snipe (IME), so you'd have to value those based on your experience. It also practically eliminates blade/knife changes. I've had mine for about 15 years, and I've rotated the cutters once. I probably plane as much wood as any other hobbyist. I understand the 735 has self indexing knives so setting them may not be the pain I suffered on my Delta 15"....but they still cost money so you will save some on that. But it still comes down to your personal choice and I'm not sure anyone can help with that other than offer our collective experiences.
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  Re: Shelix Cutter Head by lincmercguy (I have a DW 735 plan...)
It gets a big "thumbs up" from me.  The instructions are great and there are several videos that are very helpful.  As for snipe, I lift the board very slightly just before it exits the planer.
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  Re: Shelix Cutter Head by lincmercguy (I have a DW 735 plan...)
What I like is that the grain direction does not seem to matter, when running through the planer. I often run it through a second time without making any changes, to remove snipe. Also if you start it at an angle, that seems to help. Like Fred said, I also have ran the planer a long (years, and hundreds of board feet) time before I finally changed the inserts.
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  Re: Shelix Cutter Head by lincmercguy (I have a DW 735 plan...)
I love mine. It makes figure easier to deal with, but also reduces noise - a lot. I'm in a townhouse row so keeping the neighbors happy is very important.
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  Re: Shelix Cutter Head by lincmercguy (I have a DW 735 plan...)
The current noise isn't an issue for me now. I'm on five acres, the shop has spray foam, and I have headphones. It would have been helpful at my old place where I had the woodshop in the basement.

Changing the blades itself on the 735 is fast and easy, but it adds expense and they don't stay sharp forever. It won't cover the cost of the upgrade, but it will soften the blow a bit. I've probably replaced about five sets in 12 years.
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  Re: Shelix Cutter Head by lincmercguy (I have a DW 735 plan...)
I do feel I need to watch my depth of cut. Seems to strain more than with blades.
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  Re: Shelix Cutter Head by lincmercguy (I have a DW 735 plan...)
I'm thinking about doing the same thing. I would assume this would void the warranty? Anybody know for sure?
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  Re: RE: Shelix Cutter Head by jeffss (I do feel I need to ...)
(05-28-2020, 06:35 PM)jeffss Wrote: I do feel I need to watch my depth of cut. Seems to strain more than with blades.

How much are you taking off?
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  Re: RE: Shelix Cutter Head by Mike 55 (I'm thinking about d...)
(05-28-2020, 06:56 PM)Mike 55 Wrote: I'm thinking about doing the same thing. I would assume this would void the warranty? Anybody know for sure?

I would think so.  I think my warranty has long since expired.
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