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Moulding head cutter Scary you say?

I have a read a bunch of posts about how moulding head cutters are scary and to be avoided. I disagree.
I have one of the Craftsman 1 cutter models, and just did a few test cuts.
First, I have to say, it is by far the quietest blade I have. No vibration.
It cuts like butter. I didn'd have an insert for the table that would fit, so I left the insert out. I just used a red oak board that straddled the opening. I used no featherboards or holddowns.
Check the pictures and learn the truth about these moulding head cutters. The stock was 3/4" thick, and one of the cuts I did in 2 passes. It cut so easy, the second cut I made in 1 pass.
Here are a few links, If I can't get the pictures up.

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I use them constantly and love them for cretin things. Make an insert though; it is not good to run the saw without an insert.
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The single knife cutter works very well. The three knife head is even better. As for an insert, I find making inserts necessary for a particular procedure sometimes necessary. Otherwise, I'll use an insert that is close, maybe one that was used for a different cut.






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Looks like a nice smooth cut.
Would you run a board throughthat way and then run it through your table saw to cut the moulding to width? That would make a lot of sense, as running a wide board through the moulding cutter would definitely seem to be safer.

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Looks like a nice smooth cut.
Would you run a board throughthat way and then run it through your table saw to cut the moulding to width? That would make a lot of sense, as running a wide board through the moulding cutter would definitely seem to be safer.

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For narrow mouldings I always cut the profile on a wider board then rip to width. I usually cut the profile on both edges, then rip both edges.
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Question Molding head cutter scary you say

Do they (Sears) still sell molding head cutters? I had one years ago and lost it during one of our moves. Would certainly like to buy one if still available.

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I think they still sell them

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Do they (Sears) still sell molding head cutters? I had one years ago and lost it during one of our moves. Would certainly like to buy one if still available.

joe
Not sure if they have this deal in your area, I noticed SearsOutlet.com has one of these listed as available at a nearby store:
Molding Head Set , 7 in. Diameter

Sears item # 3217

http://www.searsoutlet.com/d/product...s=25&pid=11789

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Do they (Sears) still sell molding head cutters? I had one years ago and lost it during one of our moves. Would certainly like to buy one if still available.

joe

Here they sell moulding heads like the Craftsman. They have a good selection of cutters. Their cutters fit Craftsman, and other heads.






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Grizzley after market moulding head

While the topic is at hand, I have a 3HP Shop Fox Shaper with a Grizzley 4" aluminum moulding cutterhead (2 blade type)which I have not yet ever used. I bought about 4 profiles for it.
Has anyone used one of these with their shaper? If so, what kind of results does it give?
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While the topic is at hand, I have a 3HP Shop Fox Shaper with a Grizzley 4" aluminum moulding cutterhead (2 blade type)which I have not yet ever used. I bought about 4 profiles for it.
Has anyone used one of these with their shaper? If so, what kind of results does it give?
I think you'll find that the RPM of a shaper is too fast for a moulding cutter, unless perhaps you have a speed control. The shaper is designed for smaller cutter heads. I have, however, used my Craftsman three blade cutter head on a radial arm saw with the cutter head turned parallel to the table surface. The results were quite good. If you try this be extra careful. These things can be dangerous.[What power tools aren't?]

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I have a 3 Blade Cutter and Need Some Blades..

The blade set that came with it would just do 1/4 round and did that well. I had a neighbor come by to see if I had any 1/4 round? We cut up a 2z4 and had 1/4 round for days. :)
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Here they sell moulding heads like the Craftsman. They have a good selection of cutters. Their cutters fit Craftsman, and other heads.








Thanks for the info.
I have been considering one of these.
I was under the impression that Craftsman stopped offering these.
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Pirate, if you have a dado insert for your table saw, make a spacer that would bring the molding head cutter out so it's centered in the dado insert opening. I used a piece of thin wood, maybe about 1/4in. thick, drilled a 5/8in. hole in the center, slid it on the arbor, then slid on the molding head cutter, then put on the arbor nut. Works like a charm.

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Pirate, if you have a dado insert for your table saw, make a spacer that would bring the molding head cutter out so it's centered in the dado insert opening. I used a piece of thin wood, maybe about 1/4in. thick, drilled a 5/8in. hole in the center, slid it on the arbor, then slid on the molding head cutter, then put on the arbor nut. Works like a charm.

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Thats a good idea. I just made a ZCI to fit the saw and cutter.
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Manual for Craftsman Bench Saw moulding Head

I found a PDF copy of the manual for the three blade cutter head. Mine is Catalog No. 9-3215 which I salvaged from my Father inlaws basement when setteling his estate. I also bought a single blade 9-32003 cutter head at a yard sale and anm looking for the product literature for that one.


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I have use a sear three knife head cutters for year on a ras never tryed it on a ts do a very good job for me OVER THE YEARS


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I found a PDF copy of the manual for the three blade cutter head. Mine is Catalog No. 9-3215 which I salvaged from my Father inlaws basement when setteling his estate. I also bought a single blade 9-32003 cutter head at a yard sale and anm looking for the product literature for that one.


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I have the single cutter No. 9-32003 you mentioned. It was my father's before he passed on. I have a Sears 10 in. Stationary Table Saw No. 315.228390. I am just starting woodworking and have not used any of these yet. Is the moulding cutter compatable with this table saw?
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I have a single head craftsman cutter no. 9-32003 left to me by my father. Is it usable on my Sears 10 in. stationary table saw? I am just starting woodworking and have done no work on these yet.
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I have a Craftsman 3 head unit. I have used it successfully several times over the years. When I do I make a new table insert to fit whatever I am using. I am a believer in side and top feather boards. I broke a plastic feather board when one of the knives caught a knot. Clear lumber works better but I was making window boxes to a customers specs. Scared me a little when the piece banged and I saw pieces of the feather board head toward me.

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moulding cutter

Thank you. I am just starting woodworking and a total novice. What is a featherboard and how do you make your inserts?
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