The F30A was Hitachi’s answer to the Skill 100. The F30A was the first planer modified by Clark for use by surfboard shapers. Commonly known as “the Clark Planer mods”, such modifications included replacing the front plate and depth adjuster for quicker, on-the-fly adjustment, adding an exhaust hose attachment, replacing the stock power cord with a 20ft cord and upgrading to sealed cutter bearings. With the introduction of the smaller/lighter Hitachi P20SB and the move away from longboards to shortboards, the F30A fell out of favor. A few shapers still rely on the F30A, notably 3x Sacred Craft shape-off winner, Ricky Carroll. This particular F30A was purchased in 2009, after a 2 year search, in stock but near-new condition. I then sent it to Jeff Holtby at US Blanks for modification. Jeff was the engineer at Clark Foam who designed the original Clark Planer. The planer received all of the Clark Mods, including new brushes, blades and bearings, and has been used sparingly since then (about 100 blanks). The Clark F30A is a beast…115V/8.3A, 3-5/8” cutting width, 1/8” cutting depth and 9.3lbs. I find it ideal for rapidly removing foam from the bottom of longboards, while maintaining a nice. even flow due to its 15” length. Price includes carrying case, extra OEM blades and misc service tools.