Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Waynesfield, OH
I have one in my jointer and planer, and I wouldn't go back to straight knives under any circumstances. The cut you get on figured woods is one reason, but not having to worry about aligning knives and the hugely reduced noise level make them worth the cost (IMHO). Before I changed the planer, it was the only tool where I had to wear my shooting ear muffs to run it. With the DC one it was deafening, with the Byrd head I can get by with the ear plugs I use on everything else. I do get some lines on my wood ( a common complaint), but it's one or two pass with the ROS to remove them. The only thing I would suggest is that consider doing the planer first, you may find you don't want one on your jointer.
"I long for the days when coke was a cola and a joint was a bad place to be" (Merle Haggard)