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Hopefully this video works.  I know that for some reason it's sideways, but you'll be able to see/hear the Byrd Shelix in action.

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You have to click on the BLUE LINK above planer.MOV. 

Justin, it does make a difference in noise and definitely an improvement in the cut quality.  Guess I will look into it as my planer is still in excellent condition even though it has planned several thousand feet of hard woods.  I do like how the cherry planned out in your machine.  I'm sure it improved the ripple effect you get from the cutter chatter too. 

Thanks for sharing your results.

It made a huge difference.  There was absolutely no tear out at all on the Cherry, which is a problem with straight knives and a pain to try to sand 1/8 inch to get it out or chuck a piece of lumber.  The best thing is that you can feed a panel that's been glued up and again, no tear out at all.  I have read up on other machines with a spiral head, but I've read that theirs isn't set at a shearing angle like the Byrd's is.  It is an expensive upgrade, but I have a feeling it will pay for itself in ease of use and not having to sharpen knives.

Nice! It's still on my "someday" list! Do you remember ever hearing a rattling noise on your DeWalt 735? Mine makes a noise when it spins down after I shut it off. Sounds to me like something is loose but on inspection everything seems fine. I can't tell if it is coming from the cutter head or the blower.

Hey Jason, I don't recall that noise that you're talking about.  It could be a bearing going bad?  I have no idea my friend.

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