My “New” Delta 22-560 Planer

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Blog entry by EricLew posted 10-07-2014 01:32 PM 2320 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know what you’re thinking…. New ??? They haven’t even made that model in a decade.

Here’s the story, I have been away from woodworking for about 12 years, because, life happens. Right before my “Hiatus” began, I bought a Delta 22-560 planer, brand new, and it’s been sitting on a shelf in my garage ever since, untouched.

I discovered this site a couple of months ago, and based on my research here, I bought a Delta 36-725 table saw. I needed to make some jigs for it and the first step is the hardwood miter track runners. I got a nice red oak board, which was a little thicker than 3/4 so I pulled out the planer. Fortunately, I was able to find the user manual on line in 30 seconds, gotta love the internet. I cleaned and adjusted it and was all set to go.

There are still a number of reviews of this model online, and everyone seems to love it or hate it, so I was a little apprehensive, most people say it is incredibly loud. I turned it on, and was surprised, I didn’t think it was that noisy at all, I have a cheap craftsman jointer that is twice as loud as this, that thing sounds like a Boeing 737.

I ran a pine board through as a test and it worked beautifully, the board came out perfectly clean, smooth as glass, and no snipe at all. I ran the red oak through a few times to get it down to the proper thickness. I think this planer is great. I ripped a bunch of 3/8 strips on the table saw and started making some jigs.

I’ve read a couple of posts by people who have bought tools on CL which were brand new, but old, because the person bought the tool and then never used it for years, it’s like opening a time capsule. I even have a spare set of knives I bought with the planer all those years ago. This is like a Holiday Bonus.

Thanks for reading, I only posted this because I’m still so happy about getting back into woodworking, and thankful for this wonderful site and the community of woodworkers here.

-- I love the smell of coffee in the morning, and sawdust in the afternoon

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