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* Please read before operating your new planer *
Make certain you also read and follow the instructions under the “Unpacking” section of
your manual for instructions in cleaning and preparing your planer before use.

Instructions for oil removal from CUTECH portable planer cutterheads

CUTECH thickness planer cutterheads are machined with a film of oil that may be left over from the
process. Removing this oil residue, if apparent, is required before you use your new planer.

*** Be EXTREMELY CAREFUL when handling the knives or cutter tips as they are VERY SHARP!!! ***


Step 1 - Unplug the planer.

Step 2 - Place the planer at a comfortable working height and supply ample lighting.
Remove the dust hood and any other covers necessary to expose the cutter head.
See manual for helpful instructions.

Step 3 - Make sure you lay down rags on the bed of the planer to catch any residue from the cleaning process.

Step 4 – Cleaning of the cutterhead can be done using one of the following options:

Option A - Use an old nylon toothbrush and rags with solvent, such as mineral spirits or non-
chlorinated brake cleaner, to clean off the oil. The knives are sharp, be careful not to cut yourself.
Do not use anything hard or metal to clean with or you may chip the knives/tips. Use only rags
with solvent, a nylon toothbrush, or perhaps a craft stick or a dowel wrapped with cloth to get into nooks.
Use compressed air to dry and finish cleaning.
Do not get solvent on any painted portion of the planer.


Option B - Using the supplied T-25 T-handle Torx tool, carefully remove the cutter tips or knives.
Again, be EXTREMELY CAREFUL when handling the knives or cutter tips as they are VERY
SHARP!!! Separate the knives/tips from the screws and place in separate containers with a bit of
solvent. Once all are removed, wipe down the bare cutterhead using rags and mineral spirits or
the brake cleaner. Once the oil is wiped off, use an air compressor or a can of pressurized air to
clear each seat and screw hole on the cutter head. This will aid in knife and cutter tips
reinstallation. Place each knife in the seat and slightly snug each screw. Once you get a row of
tips seated and slightly tightened down, repeat by going back over each cutter tip/knife and
tighten down the screws securely to the torque specified in the owner’s manual.


Conclusion: After wiping off the head, wipe down any other crevices, rollers, or any other places where oil
is visible. The object is to remove the grease before the planer is put into use. Use a sacrificial board after
cleaning to test for remaining grease. If oil is still apparent, repeat whichever method you used above.


* NOTE: Remember to do the regular maintenance described in your manual. Rollers need to
be regularly cleaned with a pitch remover that is safe for rubber surfaces to feed properly.