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Posted on Steel City 40300H Portable Planer with Helical Cutter - Problems?

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#1 posted 08-28-2013 10:43 AM

I’m pretty sure the blue plastic was from being tested; my dewalt 734 arrived the same way from cpo dewalt, but was otherwise brand new.

As for the planer, I’d return it to amazon, spend a tiny bit more and get the version with carbide knives (same exact planer, just with carbide inserts).

AFAIK, the gouges are normal. You can minimize them by removing the knives, cleaning under them and reseating them. The smallest amount of debris can affect the fit, and cut quality.

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