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#1 posted 08-22-2016 12:27 AM

No idea why they shipped with a metric wrench, but a 5/16” SAE wrench can be used on 8mm bolt heads. And from what I ve read, those bolts are only 3/8” in length, so a 1/4”x28tpi-3/4” thin head bolt should work with minimal effort.


PS: I have lots of old Delta tools and have never -not- been able to find parts except for one (but was able to make a better replacement myself), even for machines that are 60+ years old. Not many directly from Delta though, as Pentair and Black and Decker made that almost impossible (read here for a brief description of the problem).

- MrUnix

Hi Brad,

I have a good digital caliper. The head on these screws is exactly 8mm. No mistake on Delta’s part on shipping the wrench. They made these crazy screws with these amazing dimensions.

Search for Delta 22-540 12” portable planer type 1 Handle. That is the crank handle that flips over for storage and transport. The small piece that connects the handle to the shaft is the weak link. It is basically designed to fail. When that happens you are SCREWED by Delta. There are no replacements and unlike common bearings this is a specialty part. Your planer has no means of going up and down. I “fixed” mine with a ton of JBWeld to hold the piece in place with a carefully drilled bolt. It no longer flips out of the way for transport but you can adjust the height of the planer. As I indicated, I gave it away to a friend in return for two bottles of wine (I had not asked for anything in return).

If you can make a better retrofit flip over handle then you just might have a good aftermarket business opportunity. A good sideline might be some of. those very short 1/4 X 28 screws with the 8mm hex heads with the crown on their head to bear against the planer head groove.

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