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Are they worth the cost increase over straight steel knives? Looking at upgrading my 3 kife Dewalt portable planer to a 15" craftex 3hp unit, and im tired of straightening stock with my track saw, so im also looking at their 8" 3hp jointer. I first used a helical planer a couple weeks ago (grizzly 20" extreme) and it was so quiet compared to my Dewalt. I can get both craftex units with helical heads for 4200 brand new tax in, about 800 less for straight knifes. Thoughts and opinions, please and thanks!
 

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Are they worth the cost increase over straight steel knives? Looking at upgrading my 3 kife Dewalt portable planer to a 15" craftex 3hp unit, and im tired of straightening stock with my track saw, so im also looking at their 8" 3hp jointer. I first used a helical planer a couple weeks ago (grizzly 20" extreme) and it was so quiet compared to my Dewalt. I can get both xraftex units with helical heads for 4200 brand new tax in, about 800 less for straight knifes. Thoughts and opinions, please and thanks!



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They make a huge difference. If you can't find one off the shelf for your machine, try Byrd Tool Company. I think they'll make one for just about any jointer or planer that you might have. One thing that is quite handy about them is that if you nick a blade, you just rotate the knife (or knives) with the nick and keep rolling.
 
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