Spiral Cutterheads For The Jointer Worth The Upgrade Price
Spiral cutterheads for the jointer worth the upgrade price is post about Buying Advice bookmarked by steven with ID 142242349 was uploaded on 06-04-2019 and has been viewed 250,271 times.
Nope, that's certainly not your grandpa's jointer cutterhead.It's called a spiral cutterhead.It is a newer design that uses the concept of insert tooling rather than traditional straight knives installed in the cutterhead.
Small square carbide cutters are placed in close proximity to one another along a machined spiral pattern in a steel head.This same technology is available for other tools as well, such as planers, shapers, and moulders, but since the purchasing criteria may be different for these applications, I will focus on the use of spiral cutterheads in jointers for the purposes of this article.
Spiral cutterheads are considered an upgrade for a jointer, and generally carry a premium of $300 to $1,700 depending upon the size of your cutterhead.Many manufacturers now offer this as an option that can be factory installed in their jointers when initially purchased, and they are also available as a retrofit that you can install yourself.
In my opinion they are superior to traditional knife-based cutterheads in nearly every respect, and the question of whether it makes sense for an individual to purchase one comes down to whether the incremental cost is worth it to that particular woodworker, given their specific...