I got it out today to experiment with it. First thing I noticed as best I can tell nothing in any of the Shopsmith documentation tells which way the head is to rotate. I even looking in Woodworking for Everyone book.
In the instruction they tell you to mount the cutter so the sharp end, non beveled side is facing the mounting screw. This make sense since that side has a bevel around the hole that the bearing goes into.
I mounted the cutter so again this edge side addressed the wood rather than the bevel. I think that is right. Again this insured centrifical force made the bearing lock into the cutter holes if you didn't tighten the screws.
However I did have an interesting session. I can't tell you the last time I shot wood around my shop. But today I did. Thank goodness I had the presence of mind to make sure I wasn't standing in front of it and I was using push blocks.
I managed to cut up one push block and I did get hit with one piece of wood that shot out 90 degree to the axis of the cutter. Wow! I tried slow speed, high speed various cutting depths and etc.
Two things I found in my desire to hold the wood I was evidently pushing so hard that the table was actually going down which of course increased the cutting depth and etc.
The moulding head cutter seems to stress both the machine and I know it stressed me.
I will admit after I locked everything down solid, turned the SS speed up and made sure my depth of cut was fairly swallow and took my time I did manage to produce some very nice cuts. But wow on the learning curve.
Anyone else tried the moulder cutter? What were your experiences?