Author Topic: DW735 Planer and Byrd Shelix Head Cutter  (Read 8254 times)

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Offline kevinculle

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Re: DW735 Planer and Byrd Shelix Head Cutter
« Reply #60 on: April 21, 2017, 04:46 PM »
I measured the amperage draw of my 735 before and after the cutterhead change and the Byrd heade was indeed drawing about 7% more amperage than stock.

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Offline Bob D.

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Re: DW735 Planer and Byrd Shelix Head Cutter
« Reply #61 on: April 21, 2017, 05:16 PM »
@Bob D.

If you had a line splitter you could learn how many amps your machine is pulling.  Here is a which may help.

Your 20A circuit should not be tripping the breaker, if as you noted, it is the only appliance/tool being run on that circuit.  However, because you mentioned the ambient temp being in the low 30s when this happens, I wonder if the 735 has inherent friction affected by the cold temp which dissipates when the machine has been run?

Just a guess on my part.

Yes, added friction from some stiff lubricant somewhere was my thought too, maybe the bearings as it never did this until 2 winters ago, and as I said my machine is about 10 years old IIRC.

I have a splitter and know how to measure the current, just haven't bothered.
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Offline kevinculle

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Re: DW735 Planer and Byrd Shelix Head Cutter
« Reply #62 on: April 22, 2017, 07:54 AM »
The stop is adjustable at least on mine!, just loosen the nut, move the screw to the correct height and tighten it back up. You have to be careful when tightening it up, it tends to move the screw as you're tightening the nut.


Thanks for that tip tdwill1!

Offline kevinculle

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Re: DW735 Planer and Byrd Shelix Head Cutter
« Reply #63 on: April 22, 2017, 07:59 AM »
I think part of the increased current draw from the Byrd head is due to the geometry of the cutters...because the cutting edge is skewed to the toolpath and overlapped between rows there is more contact area between cutters and wood than a straight blade head.  The work done to remove wood is the same but the increased frictional area takes more power to drive.

Offline jdw101

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Re: DW735 Planer and Byrd Shelix Head Cutter
« Reply #64 on: May 02, 2017, 12:44 PM »
I have this planer and the cutterhead but I haven't installed it yet.  The planer came with an extra set of knives and I try and do most of my stock prep by hand until I have mastered it. 

The reason I am posting is I wanted to express how shockingly nice the face of the boards are when they come out of this planer with the steel knives.  I almost could not believe it.  I fed in some pretty nasty grained quilted maple and it came out like glass.  Granted, the first thing to touch the initial knives but it was amazing.

I ordered the Byrd Shelix and it took 6 months to get, ordered it 3 months before Christmas last year and got it about a month ago.  It's still in the box, I have to get through the first set of knives and then the extra set I got with the kit. 

One thing though, I am kind of wishing I had ordered the head that was a little larger around (The one where you have to screw in the cutters after it is installed) because it just seems like it would be nicer to have the extra cut.

I also felt I got a pretty nice deal on it, I bought the head and complete additional set of cutters for less than 600 USD.  At one point I remember the cutter costing near that alone.  Thanks for all the good info,  I also bought the digital gauge everyone is using.  Have to get the cutter on before I do that too!

Offline patriot

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Re: DW735 Planer and Byrd Shelix Head Cutter
« Reply #65 on: May 02, 2017, 02:46 PM »
@jdw101

Thanks for your post.

Best of luck getting the cutter installed.  Please let us know about the install and the difference it makes to your workflow. 
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