Installation of a SHELIX helical spiral cutter head in a Jointer or Planer
In this section, we would like to give you some information about the installation of a SHELIX head in a planer or jointer. We currently offer a SHELIX head for more than 620 different jointers and planers and many more different machines are on the market for which we do not have the specifications for the cutter head yet. With this number of different machines, it is impossible for us to obtain a machine for each model in order to generate an individual instruction manual on how to install a SHELIX head in the appropriate machine. However, most jointers and planers are built the same way and the information provided here should be able to show you how it is done. Most woodworkers also know how to handle a wrench and most of our previous customers have been able to install their SHELIX head successfully without a problem. If this task appears too difficult for you, please consider hiring a machine shop. Usually, all shops that handle repair and warranty issues on your machine are also happy to assist you with the installation of a SHELIX head.
Please find below some documents about installing a SHELIX head in different planers. You can download these instructions as a pdf file and print them if you prefer. Simply click the appropriate title which will open a new window in your browser. You can right click anywhere on the screen on that page and select "save as" to save this pdf file on your computer or you can select "Print..." to print the document.
Please note: The SHELIX Heads for all DeWalt planers have have to be installed through a hole in the machine housing which appears to be smaller than the head's diameter. In order to install the head, you will have to remove all knives from the head and re-instll them once the head is in place. Here is some information on how to install the knives:
To properly align the insert, press the insert away from the seat while tightening to approximately 45 inch pounds torque. This allows the countersink in the tip and the taper of the head on the flathead screw to slide the tip into its proper position.
While we currently do not have any documents on how to install a SHELIX head in a jointer, there are some third-party videos available on the Internet that explain the procedure. We find the step-by-step video explanation as shown on the website of "The Wood Whisperer" very helpful:
Replacing or Rotating the Insert Knives
When replacing or rotating inserts, the seat should be as clean as possible. This will prevent breakage of inserts and ensure proper insert alignment. To properly align the insert, press the insert away from the seat while tightening to approximately 45 inch pounds torque. This allows the countersink in the tip and the taper of the head on the flathead screw to slide the tip into its proper position.
We have two types of torque wrenches available:
Standard break over handle-(CALIBRATED & SET)....$96.00
Screwdriver type (torque limiter calibrated and set).....$186.00