|Forum topic by John Moore||posted 08-28-2013 06:46 AM||3481 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
08-28-2013 06:46 AM
I just received my second 40300H (bought on Amazon) and am wondering if the problems I’m having are endemic to helical cutters, or if I’ve received another wonky machine… As with the first machine- I set it up according to the directions and ran through a couple of test boards with better results, but still disconcerting.
The first machine left a lot of gouges in soft pine, and a few too many light gouges in white oak. The new machine leaves less in soft pine, and almost imperceptible gouges in white oak… is this something I should expect from a helical planer? Am I always going to have to go back & hit it with the sander to get the gouges out? If so- that’s going to be a bigger problem on soft woods, since I’ll have to leave the boards proud & then be very careful in my sanding to get them to the final size. Anyone use this machine & have a similar experience?
Oh, yeah- both of the machines looked like they could have been either refurbs or returns… the protective blue plastic was missing off of the bed and the front rollers had sawdust on them. Does Steel City test the machines before sending them out? If so- that would explain the sawdust… I’m still concerned.