I've been thinking for a long while about replacing my Ridgid TP1300 surface planer with a grizzly GO453 15" planer. I've had this planer since 2005 and it's served me well but I'm just getting tired of trying to find the replacement blades for it.
Well when I got the 2012 catalog and saw how much they raised the prices I began my search to just upgrade mine with a spiral cutter head. I came across this website http://www.accu-head.com/#! that sells the same cutter head made for the steel city lunchbox planer but made to fit many other lunchbox planers. It cost $250 plus shipping and comes with 26 two sided hss cutters on the head along with 10 extra cutters, set screws and the torx driver to remove and install them.
Here it is installed in my surface planer.
I'm going to store the old cutterhead in the box the new one came in and I will probably use it to make me a 13" joiner just like the one made here http://woodgears.ca/jointer/homemade.html
I ran a bunch of magnolia thru the planer tonight for drawer parts for a toolbox I'm building to replace two metal mechanics toolboxes. Talk about a difference both in noise reduction and the size of piece I can run thru it now without it bogging down!
In talking with their service tech I also found out they are going to be coming out with carbide inserts for it which was the deciding factor for me to do this. I figure it was worth it cause I got the surface planer for FREE!