June 28, 2022

Woody Woodworking

and its tools

The video I wish I watched before buying a Shelix (video version 2)

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Background: I installed a new Byrd Shelix cutterhead (https://www.byrdtool.com) in my DeWalt DW735 thickness planer, and I learned some important things in the process. My mistake is already made with regards to buying the undersized head rather than the OEM, but hopefully this video helps you make a good purchase decision. If you find the information helpful, please take a few minutes to watch some of my other videos to help support the channel.

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Related to the power testing: If you want to see an internal view of how a circuit breaker trips and understand a little better how the results of the power tests were even possible on a 20 amp circuit, I’d recommend this video: https://youtu.be/Cq55tbLtnlg. It’s also helpful to be familiar with circuit breaker trip curves. While circuit breakers may vary by brand, design, and age, the chart on page 2 of this PDF is a good reference. For example, a multiple of 2 on a 20A breaker (meaning 40A) should trip somewhere between 30-100 seconds. https://download.schneider-electric.com/files?p_enDocType=Data+Bulletin&p_File_Name=0600DB0105.pdf

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Process: I filmed using a Samsung Galaxy S10 phone at 4k 60 FPS. The audio was mostly recorded using a Rode Wireless Go with a Rode lavalier microphone, and also Rode VideoMic Me for the noise-level comparison. The video editing was done with CyberLink PowerDirector 19 (365). The computer is a Dell XPS 8930 with a 6-core i7 8700, 32 Gb or RAM, and a GeoForce GTX 1070, and it still sounded like an airplane taking off while it was processing 45Gb of raw footage into this 11Gb finished product.

Chapters (hover over the slider bar in the video)
0:00 Introduction
2:22 Shelix cutterhead overview
4:26 Is the upgrade a wise investment?
7:05 Smaller diameter or OEM diameter?
13:21 What if I already got the smaller diameter?
14:48 Noise-level comparison
16:47 Power-draw comparison (main test)
31:54 Will a Shelix void my planer warranty?
37:01 Finish test with different types of wood
42:35 Power-draw comparison (bonus information)
44:11 Blah blah blah the video is almost over

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