New (to me) Planer

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Blog entry by MOJOE posted 11-10-2011 02:08 AM 1684 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Found out Friday that my boss’ brother-in-law is moving out of state and leaving all his shop equipment behind. I went through the list of items, and though most were much too big for what space remains in my garage (which isn’t much), he did have a portable Delta planer. It was the 22-540 with an unopened set of knives, knife setting tool and original owner’s manual. It is in very good condition, looks barely used, and he was asking $150. From what I’ve read, this might be about $30 high, but I figured it sure beat looking at my stack of resawn timber with nothing to surface it, so I ponied up the cash. I’ve also read mixed reviews, but figure I’ll work my way through it’s quirks by surfacing said stack of resawn lumber. No pics yet(but here’s a stock image from google)’s still sitting in the truck…..but I can’t wait to give it a whirl. If anyone has any experience with this model, I’d be curious to hear about them.


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#1 posted 11-10-2011 02:15 AM

Take nice light cuts with that planer, mine tends to chew through knives pretty quickly. Id suggest a 1/4 turn on the handle or less. Ive put mine through hell and it still works darn well. The infeed and out feed tables are a little hokey in my book because theyre height is set by two bolt at the end of the table on both sides. Ive been meaning to make a sled but ive been meaning to do a lot of other things as well. Youre gonna get some snipe, maybe 4” on each end so account for that.

Enjoy the new tool!

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 11-10-2011 02:34 AM

congrats…. i got a lunch box planer recently also. Wait till you see the amount of saw dust that comes out. I look at rough wood in a new way now. Happy milling…

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#3 posted 11-10-2011 02:41 AM

I think you will find it a valuable tool….maybe not the greatest quality, but it will do the job. Take time to set the infeed and outfeed tables to their correct level settings. That will help deal with snipe. I have an older model DeWalt and it is a workhorse. I agree with Chrisstef…..take small amounts of wood per pass for the best results. I don’t think you did too bad price-wise, especially with a new set of knives. Good luck with it.

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#4 posted 11-10-2011 02:45 AM

ohh i forgot to mention ear plugs … put em in, all the heros are dead.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#5 posted 11-10-2011 02:54 AM

I have a similiar Delta planer. You need to set the infeed and outfeed tables according to the setup instructions so you don’t snipe the wood. Also, you will need to have a dust chute attached to a bag or shopvac. I also take small layers of wood on each pass. As chris mensioned above a 1/4 turn soft wood 1/8 turn on hard woods. You will be very happy with a planer.

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#6 posted 11-10-2011 09:24 PM

I have a similiar model. I was taking light cuts with it and read an article in a magazine that said it dulled the blades because you are running over the surface of a board more times. I have taken 1 full turn off a 2×8 pine board. I usually take 1/2 turn off red oak that is about 6 inches wide. I have run a lot of lumber through mine and still have the original knives in it. The tables are in constant need of adjustment and the longer and heavier the board the more snip you see. the tables are just too flimsy. other than that I have enjoyed mine. I don’t think you got hurt on the price since you got the new knives and installation tool.

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