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Planer cutterhead retrofit6/27
My wood shop is looking at replacing the cutterhead of our Powermatic P180 with a shelix head from Byrd. The Powermatic is from some time in the 70's, exact year unclear. The cutterhead is $1700 and we're trying to get an idea of the labor involved in the switch, to know whether we can do it in house or whether we can afford to get a mechanic to do it. Has anyone dealt with fitting a Byrd head on this model? Any thoughts will be much appreciated!
Thomas I replaced the quiet head on my Powermatic 24 4 or 5 years ago. It has a direct drive motor. It wasn't hard to do if you have some mechanical ability. You will not regret the Shelix. At the time the head cost $4000 but well worth it. Where are you located? I don't remember exactly how long it took but I think it took a half day or so to replace it. I don't remember if the bearing s were on the head when I received it. It might possibly require them being pressed on by a shop if they aren't on and the fit is tight. Byrd should tell you if they are on the head.
Just did one of these about a year ago. It took 2 of us about 5 or 6 hours, but we do not work on machinery for a living. If you have some mechanical ability it is not hard to do. I think there is a video on you tube that shows the process on a powermatic planer. It is really long but you can get an idea of what is involved.
Also, I don't know how familiar you are with setting up planers, but they do need to be adjusted correctly to get good results. This video by Bob Vauhn explains things quite well.