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Easy-to-install spiral cutterheads for $250

comments (12) July 15th, 2009 in blogs

AsaC Asa Christiana, Special Projects Editor, Fine Woodworking magazine
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Shinmaxs Accu-Head cutterheads are available for retrofitting to many popular jointers and planers. They come with the right bearings and pinion gears attached for each specific machine, making installation a drop-in procedure.
If you want to buy a planer with the Accu-Head helical cutterhead already built in, look for Steel Citys new 40200H 13-in. planer ($599). The cutterhead rides on four posts for good stability and the motor is 15 amps.
Shinmaxs Accu-Head cutterheads are available for retrofitting to many popular jointers and planers. They come with the right bearings and pinion gears attached for each specific machine, making installation a drop-in procedure. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

Shinmax's Accu-Head cutterheads are available for retrofitting to many popular jointers and planers. They come with the right bearings and pinion gears attached for each specific machine, making installation a drop-in procedure.


If you want one of those new-fangled spiral cutterheads in your planer or jointer, the ones that a have multi-sided carbide insert teeth and make smooth cuts for years on end, until now you had two so-so options. One was to spring for a pricey new machine with the new cutterhead built in; the other was to buy the cutter head only, but then struggle through a difficult installation process.

At the Steel City booth, I ran into the folks from Taiwan (Shinmax) who make the segmented cutterheads for Steel City's benchtop planers. Shinmax is now offering those same cutterheads, with the same two-sided cutters, as a retrofit for many other manufacturers' planers and jointers. To make installation easier, the new Accu-Head cutterheads include the bearings and pinion gear for the machine in question, and also a detailed instruction sheet for eeach model. All models 13 in. wide and smaller are priced at $249. Click on the "order" button on the Accu-Head Web site to see if there is a cutterhead for your planer or jointer (that button was being repaired as I posted this blog, but Steel City said to call 510-780-9108 or e-mail orders@accu-head.com as a backup plan).



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Comments (12)

Scott_Bolden Scott_Bolden writes: Link for carbide blades for the Accu-Head:
http://www.carbideprocessors.com/4-sided-1-hole-insert-knife-t04f-grade-14mm-x-14mm-x-2mm-southeast-tool-si-141420-sp/
Posted: 9:16 pm on May 17th

Scott_Bolden Scott_Bolden writes: Well, I finally found carbide blades for my Accu-Head. Look, I'm a broke ass carpenter/ woodworker like most of us. Anything was better than the HHS Blades for the Dewalt.
Now that I have carbide, It cut beautifully. So if you want to snob and say Byrd or be realistic, and say Accu-head, I say Accu-Head.
Why put a Corvette motor in a Vega? Spend a little, upgrade it, use carbide knives, and I think you'll be more than pleased!
Posted: 9:15 pm on May 17th

Scott_Bolden Scott_Bolden writes: I love the Accu-head spiral cutter in my Dewalt DW735. Really quiet, and it produces a really smooth finish, (even better on the 176 PI setting). I'm trying to locate the carbide blades for it as of now. For $250 bucks, my planer just became 10x better! I love it!!
:)
Posted: 7:11 am on April 27th

pintodeluxe pintodeluxe writes: Apparently Amana makes carbide replacement inserts for these cutterheads. They are still 2 sided, but at least Amana stepped it up to carbide.

Can you imagine going back to HSS tablesaw blades?
Posted: 6:01 pm on July 24th

Bill101 Bill101 writes: Another negative - according to the Fine Woodworking Tools & Shops issue the Accu-Head cutters are high-speed steel while most others are carbide.
Posted: 11:43 am on November 28th

evandene evandene writes: All,
Buy quality en spend your money in North America and yes I know it's a lot more expensive but I know also you get so much more. A Cutter head like this can't do the job as good as a head with 3 times more knifes. Please do your math and you will find out that with the same feed rate and cutting depth as a spiral 3 row cutter head, this Taiwanese Knife must cut with a huge headache.
Posted: 7:49 am on November 20th

Glenn Bradley Glenn Bradley writes: I'd rather spend a bit more and get the greater number of cutters on the "other" heads. It makes no sense to me to go "almost" there for most of the cost if you are after that type of cutter. I love mine BTW ;-)
Posted: 4:57 pm on July 23rd

gt67 gt67 writes: Nothing for minimax mini max or mini-max.
Guess I will keep going with my tersa.
Posted: 9:24 am on July 22nd

skipz skipz writes: Good to know. I just wish some company would come up with a replacement head that uses Tersa cutters. After watching a buddy show the quality of cut and how easy and quick it is to replace the cutters (without any required adjustment to align cutters), their technology just seems to be almost perfect.
Posted: 12:54 pm on July 19th

sharonlev sharonlev writes: Thanks for the headsup Asa, for those of us that can't be there. This is good news. hope they prove themselves and the new product. this could be a good upgrade to many woodworkers out there.
Posted: 11:15 am on July 17th

AsaC AsaC writes: I thought the same thing, Sleepydad, but it is the same cutterhead Steel City puts in their planers, and I saw some of the cuts it made at the show. Extremely clean and smooth. I should have mentioned that in my blog. Also, each cutter goes on its own ring, and the rings can be removed if the seat that holds the cutter gets damaged. That's impossible on other cutterheads.
Posted: 3:13 pm on July 16th

sleepydad sleepydad writes: It has virtual no cutters on it? I can’t believe it would produce a nice smooth cut. Yikes.
Posted: 2:42 pm on July 16th

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