* Please read before
operating your new machine *
Make certain you also
read and follow the instructions under the “Unpacking” section of
your manual for
instructions in cleaning and preparing your planer or jointer before use.
Instructions for oil removal
from CUTECH portable planer and jointer cutterheads
CUTECH 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 machine.
*** Be EXTREMELY
CAREFUL when handling the knives or cutter tips as they are VERY SHARP!!!
Step 1 - Unplug the machine.
Step 2 - Place the
planer or jointer at a comfortable working height and supply ample lighting.
Remove the dust hood, guard, 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
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
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 cutterhead. 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.
wiping off the cutterhead, wipe down any other crevices, rollers, or any other places
is visible. The object
is to remove the grease before the machine is put into use. Use a sacrificial
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.