Bench top planer problem

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Forum topic by MarkDavid posted 02-27-2016 10:37 PM 744 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-27-2016 10:37 PM

I’ve had my Steel City 20400H for over five years and am just now replacing the original factory cutting knives. The machine has performed well providing smooth surfaces with minimal to no snipe. Problem….I recently attempted to resurface hardwood (Beech Wood) flooring planks and noted that as the plank is fed into the machine the entire cutter assembly actually raises up on its own. In fact, the height adjustment wheel can be observed turning on its own. The locking mechanism is fully engaged. Has anyone else experienced this and is there a fix?

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#1 posted 02-27-2016 10:47 PM

i dont have an answer, but you may want to contact cutech tools.

i think it was a couple guys that worked for steel city and they started cutech. their 40200 sure looks identical to the 20400

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#2 posted 03-04-2016 04:51 PM



1) When you move the snipe lock lever to the right, do you feel resistance as if it were locking the cutterhead assembly into position? If not, the lever may have come disengaged and jumped a tooth. You must remove the crank handle first. Move the snipe lever just to the right of center. Then look inside the planer through the slot to view where the snipe lock lever mounts onto the rod via notches. Slightly pull the lever out and move it one notch to the left and push back in. Try the snipe lock again. Do you now feel more resistance? That’s how you adjust the snipe lock feature.

2) If that is not the problem, it may be loose screws on some interior covers plates. Look at the first page (24) of the manual HERE

It’s possible the screws, key 34, that are used to hold the lead screw cover plates, key 35, may have come loose. Check to make sure they are securely fastened. If those plates come loose, the cutterhead can float slightly.

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