These heads offer a very unique solution for all kinds of applications that are not only limited to cabinet doors. These heads work with 60mm carbide inserts. As carbide is very hard, it is also fragile which is why such knives need to be backed up with steel to prevent them from breaking. There are many heads on the market that use these knives but the heads themselves are usually shaped very similar as the actual profile to offer the necessary back support (i.e. check our selection of Byrd Insert Heads for Cabinet Doors).
The Titan head uses instead a 1/4” thick steel knife that has the same shape as the carbide insert and is installed directly behind the carbide insert. On the downside, you need to order the actual carbide inserts as well as steel inserts but once the carbide inserts need replacement, you can continue using the steel backer inserts you already have. Another disadvantage is the fact that the cutting depth is limited to 3/4” and if you want to use this head also for making raised panels, this can only be done in a vertical solution where you feed the material vertically against the fence.
When it comes to making stiles and rails, you only need one head and simply change the spindle height to switch from one solution to the other. If you are setup for mass production and use 2 shapers where one cuts the stiles and the other cuts the rails, simply use 2 of these heads as this offers another great advantage. As you are only using half the knife on each shaper, simply switch the heads when knives become dull.