Thanks for all the info. Great post.
Appreciate the fact that you mentioned the scalloping effect of the cutters, but your mention of the db factor triggered my memory. I have to make my dog sit outside the shop when the Jet vac and the 735 are running because the noise is horrendous even with my muffs on. Sometimes I have those machines running for 15-20 minutes (or longer?) and it nearly gives me a headache. Very glad you pointed that out as I had forgotten about that.
I have no issue with the built-in stops because I use an 8-foot bed that runs through my 735. Photos will be posted below.
If I do switch to the spiral cutter head I will miss the mirror perfect cut of newly installed steel cutters. IMHO, they leave an amazing finish, but alas, that magic does not last very long.
I have carbide cutters in my DJ-20, but they also have nicks. I usually replace them about once a year or so. As I noted earlier, it is the planer that makes the final pass over my stock, so nicks in the jointer blades are not that big of a concern to me.
Thanks again for a very informative post. I really appreciate your feedback.