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Shopsmith Shelix Conversion?

#243822 by procrastinator » Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:45 pm

I watched a number of YouTube videos showing the process of replacing the Dewalt 735 planer knives with the Shelix helical cutter heads. Just wondering if anyone has spent the $700 to upgrade their Shopsmith planer.

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Re: Shopsmith Shelix Conversion?

#246529 by RetiredNavyChief » Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:57 pm

First time posting but long time Shopsmith owner and forum guest. Bought my Mark V in 1979 and upgraded it to a Mark 7. Have all the SPTs except the Scroll saw. Three of my projects are in the Shopsmith catalog. I contemplated buying a Powermatic 15" Planer with Byrd SHELIX Helical Cutterhead; however, finally decided to upgrade my Shopsmith planer with a Shelix cutter head. Ordered part number 555082 with new bearings on February 1, 2018 and received it on February 8th. Even though the planer is over 30 years old, model number 505590 mounted on its own stand the cutter head fit perfectly. Extremely quiet and the finish was super smooth.

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PowerPro, 500 Shopsmith,Jointer, Bandsaw, Belt Sander, JointMatic, 16/32 Performax Drum Sander, Strip Sander, Shopsmith Planer with Shelix Cutterhead, Shopsmith Pin Router, King 16 inch Scroll Saw

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Re: Shopsmith Shelix Conversion?

#246599 by procrastinator » Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:38 pm

How difficult was the installation? Any details about the process would be very helpful in making the decision to purchase one.

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Re: Shopsmith Shelix Conversion?

#246622 by RetiredNavyChief » Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:25 pm

Replacing the head is not difficult. After removing the two top covers and pulley safety guard the original cutterhead can be pulled out by removing the bearing support (on the side without the feed motor). Then was able to insert the new cutter head and reattach the bearing support. The cutter head did require some turning and wiggling to install, but it only took about five minutes to complete.

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PowerPro, 500 Shopsmith,Jointer, Bandsaw, Belt Sander, JointMatic, 16/32 Performax Drum Sander, Strip Sander, Shopsmith Planer with Shelix Cutterhead, Shopsmith Pin Router, King 16 inch Scroll Saw

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Re: Shopsmith Shelix Conversion?

#246639 by BuckeyeDennis » Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:33 pm

Good to know! I’ve been very tempted to spring for one myself, largely for the noise reduction. (My basement workshop is directly underneath our family room.) When planing, how does the sound level compare with other equipment?

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Re: Shopsmith Shelix Conversion?

#246686 by RetiredNavyChief » Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:09 pm

The sound is considerably less than the old cutter head. My shop is in a two car garage that is insulated and finished. It is adjacent to the kitchen and open living area. My wife's opinion is the sound is a 4.5 to 5 on a scale of 1 to 10. I have a DC3300 dust collector and I think its sound is louder than the planer when in operation.

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PowerPro, 500 Shopsmith,Jointer, Bandsaw, Belt Sander, JointMatic, 16/32 Performax Drum Sander, Strip Sander, Shopsmith Planer with Shelix Cutterhead, Shopsmith Pin Router, King 16 inch Scroll Saw

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Re: Shopsmith Shelix Conversion?

#261114 by procrastinator » Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:24 pm

It has been over a year since asking the question if anyone had decided to try the Shelix conversion for the SS Planer. I believe one person replied having done the conversion. Question now being after a years worth of use / testing, what insights could you provide for anyone still contemplation such a conversion, good or bad!

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Re: Shopsmith Shelix Conversion?

#261261 by RetiredNavyChief » Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:40 pm

I have not done any extensive planing with the new Shelix blades. However, today I ran a 5 inch by 8 foot walnut board thru the planer with excellent results. Took off about 1/32 twice on each side. I am please with the ease of cut and smoothness. The noise is also considerable lower than conventional blades.

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PowerPro, 500 Shopsmith,Jointer, Bandsaw, Belt Sander, JointMatic, 16/32 Performax Drum Sander, Strip Sander, Shopsmith Planer with Shelix Cutterhead, Shopsmith Pin Router, King 16 inch Scroll Saw

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