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Forum topic by diverlloyd posted 04-13-2016 04:30 PM 1090 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-13-2016 04:30 PM

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So my sister gave me a delta 22-540 planer and I have some questions since I’m a traditional wood worker.
1. The stainless steel plate the the wood slides on has movement up and down maybe a 1/16” is that normal?
2. I see that there are mounting holes in the front for what I assume is I feed and out feed tables are they available for purchase I am having no luck finding them?
3. The blades have a small imperfection in them and need to be either sharpened,flipped or moved to where the imperfections are not in line. But I do not have the blade jig is there a diy jig that works well or do I need to make one. I have the deminsions of it so it wouldn’t be a problem to make a copy.
4. Are there any issues I need to look for before they happen? I.E. Screws vibrating loose or anything like that.

I would like to get everything nice and let my friends and family use it when needed,but would like to know everything is safe before letting them use it. I have ran a couple of hard maple boards through and seemed to be ok but I prefer my hand planes. Anyways any helpful answers or experiences would be greatly appreciated and hopefully this will help get at least in nephew interested in wood working since it will cut down on the manual labor for them.

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#1 posted 04-13-2016 06:07 PM

Congratulations(?), AJ! We have a similar if not the same model. Jim made infeed/outfeed tables out of rollers from a discarded tread mill. We don’t have the blade adjustment gage. Haven’t tried to change or rotate the blades for lack of the gage. I’ll be following along in hopes you get some answers.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 04-13-2016 06:37 PM

I’ve had that model planer for about 20 years now. The infeed and outfeed tables are black painted sheet metal I doubt you’d be able to find any without buying a complete planer. The simple thing to do is make a 36”x12” table that goes all the way through the planer. Use plastic laminate to make it slippery and durable. Build up the ends so it’s flat all the way through.

No, the bottom plate should not move. Again, a new table will cover it up.
E-replacement parts has the knife setting jig, but it’s $50.72. ouch.

It’s been a good planer for me for all these years.

-- Gerry,

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#3 posted 04-13-2016 11:38 PM

Well candy if I feel up to doing some metal work I will build you a gauge to. It seems like a pretty simple gauge to make.

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#4 posted 04-13-2016 11:50 PM

Got one here AJ, don’t have the feed tables with mine either, still plane a lot of wood thru it. You have a ‘lil bit of adjustment in your knives side to side where you can adjust the chiggers out of it, or just flip that knife over, they are double sided. You will need a knife setting jig as Ger21 said…..

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#5 posted 04-14-2016 12:13 AM

Thanks Marty I will be making a couple of jigs when I feel up to going out to the garage and pulling out some sheet metal. At $50-70 I would rather spend on another hand plane or on some wood.

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#6 posted 04-14-2016 01:08 AM

I’d sure appreciate it, AJ. Don’t push yourself, though.

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 05-28-2020 03:09 AM

Looking for armature for delta 22-540 planer

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#8 posted 05-28-2020 10:27 AM

This works a lot better for setting the knives than the OEM least it did for me, and it’s a heck of a lot cheaper. I couldn’t get the dang knives correct with the OEM. That was the first benchtop planer Delta offered and the biggest problem you’ll have is finding parts. But knives are available from a number of aftermarket suppliers, and as a rule they are better than the OEM.

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