1981 mod 149 rockwell invicta planer

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Forum topic by bepapa posted 03-29-2015 10:57 PM 4974 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-29-2015 10:57 PM

Hello, I’m new to this site. I have a 1981 model 149 Rockwell Invicta 13” planer. Does anyone know where or how I can download a Manual for this planer.

Thank you

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#1 posted 03-29-2015 11:31 PM

Kinda tough finding something bepapa, maybe it’s a Delta Rockwell?

Oct 20, 1983 – manufactured this planer for us temporarily until we could transfer the tooling to our … In 1974, Rockwell acquired Invicta (Industria Marquinas Invicta S.A. ) of. Limeria, S.P. , Brazil . Invicta

I’d send an email to Rockwell asking for said manual.

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#2 posted 03-29-2015 11:35 PM

Rockwell is one and the same as Delta and has been since 1939 IIRC, however I’ve never heard of a “Model 149” planer. Maybe post a picture or get the real model number to help out. In the mean time, most manuals can either be found on Deltas web site or over at the vintagemachinery archive.


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#3 posted 03-30-2015 01:22 AM

Thanks guys for your help. Here are a few pictures and I have more that I can send if necessary.

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#4 posted 03-30-2015 01:53 AM

Looks identical to an RC-33 (22-550/22-660) but a single speed version… perhaps an earlier model?
Manual for the RC-33 can be found here:
Or at the Delta web site here:

Should be the same except for the speed changing gear setup. Best I can do :( That is not a Delta model number, which should begin with a ‘22-xxx’... maybe specific to invicta.


PS: It wouldn’t hurt to shoot an e-mail to Delta and ask about it… maybe with a picture of the data plate. I did that for my vintage band saw and they replied back the next day with the month and year it was made, the model number it was shipped as (which lets you know what stand it shipped with) as well as a PDF of the correct manual for the saw.

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#5 posted 03-31-2015 07:24 AM

I had a planer almost exactly like that, except I think mine was ‘82. Excellent planer. Was on the verge of getting the Byrd helical head for it—even took it apart to get certain critical specs for the manufacture—and then fell into an irresistible deal on a 12” Jet helical head planer/jointer combo machine.

My only complaint was the banshee howl. That’s one reason I wanted the helical cutter head.

It’s stock handling performance was better than any other planer I’ve had, all the way from lunch boxers to a 15” grizzly. It had almost no snipe.

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#6 posted 04-01-2015 08:35 PM

I have that same planer. The model number is 22-650. It’s a great planer, but yours looks like it was pulled out of a swamp.

The manual is available online. I paid $50 for mine, I hope you didn’t pay any more than that, given the condition. It took me several weeks of nights to get mine cleaned up, adjusted, and lubed, and it was in far better condition than this one.

Good luck!

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#7 posted 08-14-2020 05:37 PM

I purchased my RC-33 (22-650) in 1984 and recently did a thorough cleaning, lubrication and adjustment. Below are links to all the information that I found useful.

Sharpening the 13 inch blades has been the biggest challenge. I used to get them done by a good sharpening shop, and they came back not only sharp but straight. Straight is important because you want all three blades to be cutting into the wood evenly. That sharpening shop went out of business in the 2009 recession and I could not find another local shop that would sharpen the blades straight. Straight means no light when sharp edge of blade is held against a steel ruler. I tried to sharpen blades myself with a Makita 9820-2 surface grinder. I could get them sharp but could not get the edge dead straight.

Finally decided to replace the cutter head with a Byrd Shelix helical segmented head. Glad I did: no more sharpening; no more knife setting; and much less tear-out when planing difficult wood. When the carbide cutters get dull, just rotate them 90 degrees to expose a new sharp edge. When all 4 edges have been used, then replace that cutter. Only the cutters which are chipped or dull need to be rotated, so no waste. It is a great system and cheaper than paying to have straight blades sharpened.

As there were no upgrade instructions available for the RC-33, I created a YouTube video which also shows lubrication and adjustments of the RC-33. Even if you are not changing to a helical head, the video is worth watching for the lubrication and tune up info: YouTube

After watching the video, you may find it easier to work from written instructions, which are available in the following folder, along with other documents for the RC-33, including instruction manual and parts diagram: Folder

RC-33 Tear down and restoration blog by Ed Hollingsworth: Blog

Set of Triple drive Belts can be purchased here: Belts

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