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converting a planer to helical head?

Any reason why it shouldn't be done? I am looking at buying a slightly used PM 209, and installing a helical head in it. I can do that for about the same cost as a new straight blade 209. I'm getting tired of wearing earmuffs each time I run the planer, and all of my lumber is rough cut and it needs 1/4-1/2 taken off, so the planer gets used a lot when its needed.

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I put a Byrd head in my 735 with out a problem but I still wear ear muffs when using it.

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Rodney -

While I have not done what you are proposing, I think you will find that the main reason of not switching them has been related to the cost.

If you have the resources to do it in an economical way, by all means I think you can go for it.

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None at all, but I wouldn't go thinking you can go without ear muffs. The helical head reduces noise, but it only takes it from a jet engine to a jack hammer

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Ok, maybe I should ask if one helical head is quieter than the next. My little Dewalt was not nearly big enough for some stuff I had done last summer, so I took some to a lumber place last year, and I was standing about 10ft from their planer carrying on a conversation with another guy while they did my boards. The workers had earplugs, and a I didn't. Heck a guy could've listened to the radio while planing.... And they were not taking baby cuts either. I think in 3 passes they had removed at least 3/16 inch.

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Here's how to do it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBwmzacZFSs

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I put a shilex head on my new 735 after wearing out one set of OEM blades in about an hour of use. It's a night and day difference in performance! Sure it cost a bit to do but was worth every penny to me.
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The noise generated by the 735 is primarily from the motor, its the nature of that motor. A helical head will reduce the machine noise to some degree, but a 735 will always be loud.

Large planers will be quieter due to a number of factors, and a helical head will definitely lessen noise. It is also a far superior cutting system compared to traditional straight cutter heads. Putting a helical head on a PM209 will more than pay for itself in the long run.

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Is there anything else that a guy has to get to do a conversion - belts, bearings?????

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Is there anything else that a guy has to get to do a conversion - belts, bearings?????

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Nothing ive ever heard of. To my knowledge the helical heads actually reuse the bearings, pulleys, etc from the original head

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