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Blog entry by ErsatzTom posted 12-29-2007 02:23 AM 1265 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I took some Christmas money (thank you in-laws!) and order a Delta 22-580 bench-top planer. I’m very excited. This will be, by far, my most expensive woodworking tool so far. It should be here Wed… now I just need some rough cut stock!

Here is a pic so I can stare at it and day dream until it arrives:

-- Tom, Southwest Florida

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#1 posted 12-29-2007 08:13 AM

Tom, I have that same planer and you are going to love it. I would suggest that you add the dust collection plate and hook up at least a 4” dust collection system to it. It will put out some serious wood chips. Enjoy using it and let me know how you like it. I can’t imagine why Delta made the dust collection port an accessory (at least it was when I purchased mine a few years ago).

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 12-29-2007 08:17 AM

It still is and I just noticed that someone else recommended it on amazon. Seeing as it is only $25 I’m sure I’ll pick one up but I don’t have a real dust/chip collection system yet. I’m making do with a shop vac for now. I kind of want to wait until I can afford something decent but maybe I’ll just pick up a HF special when I have a few dollars. I can’t wait until it comes. :)

-- Tom, Southwest Florida

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#3 posted 12-29-2007 11:47 AM

Hi Tom,

I have used this planer for two years now w/o any problems other than some minor nicks in one of the knives and have run several hundred feet of cherry and maple through it. I don’t use dust collection on mine but I have built a mobile base for it so that I can takel it outside on the driveway (I converted my lower garage into a shop) where I can clean up the wood chips and dust when I am finished (By the way if I even attempted to run this inside my shop, which is located adjacent to our finished lower level, I doubt if I would be live long enough to make any more posts to LJ). From some of the posts and articles on the subject it appears as if the consensus is that a portable planer needs serious dust collection. If you are going to be running only a few board feet at a time a shop vac might work. But when I was making some wainscoting for the bedroom remodel, and I ran 100’ of cherry, I had a mountain of wood chips that would have easily filled many large trash cans. I would have spent more time emptying the shop vac than running the planer.

Have fun and enjoy your new tool. One of this nice things about woodworking is the new tools with which we get to reward ourselves.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 12-29-2007 01:05 PM

I have “made-do” with a shop vac on my planer, but I don’t plane too much. I have a drum sander, and ten shop vacs wouldn’t do for it. Congrats on your purchase.

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#5 posted 12-29-2007 05:21 PM

I have one of these babies too. You’re gonna love it! Run your first board thru without the dust hood and watch the chips fly!

Here’s some goodies for ya to consider too. The dust hood that Delta makes is good and I added a 90 degree elbow to deflect the chips down into a trashcan. But if you plane too deeply, the chips will quickly clog the hood intake…It’s only an inch wide there. So stick to 1/32” at a time.

Bolt this baby down…It’s heavy and will “walk” across the bench!

Shift to fine cutting (and back) when it’s running otherwise…Well I’ haven’t gotten into the gearbox yet to see what I screwed up! I’m stuck in high speed at this time.

They give you a little magnet thingy to change the blades with. Don’t loose it! Although dorky, this thing really makes blade changes a snap! Read the directions too before changeing the blades. Oh, and the blades are two sided too.Cool!

Get yourself a “Little Wizard III” metal detector and a sturdy scraper. The blades are definately not friendly with metal or imbedded gravel.

Oh yeah, Ear protection is a necessity here too. It’s loud!


-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#6 posted 12-29-2007 09:20 PM

Wow, excellent info everyone. Thanks! It sounds like the planer really produces more chips than dust. Is that right? I have one of those 5 gallon pail separator lids attached to my shop vac. Do you think that it will keep most of the debris out of the shop vac? If so, I might need something bigger than a 5 gallon pail attached to it!

-- Tom, Southwest Florida

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#7 posted 12-29-2007 10:02 PM

I have this planer as well. I set it up similar to Dadoo’s where it will blow the chips directly into a large trash can with a heavy duty bag in it. When it fills up I just replace the bag and keep on planing. It’s no substitute for a dust collector, but it does well enough until I can get one.

-- JP, Louisville, KY

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#8 posted 12-29-2007 11:33 PM

I got one of those swirly tops for a five gallon bucket. It keeps a lot of material out of the shop vac, but the stuff that makes it through is really fine. Check your vac’s filter frequently. (I keep a spare filter so I can just swap it out.)

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#9 posted 12-29-2007 11:39 PM

Depending upon how much wood you take off your rough boards, you will get a lot of chips. I can fill up a large trash can pretty fast when you are planing about an 1/8” off a couple of boards.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 12-30-2007 01:32 AM

I thought I mentioned that I deflected the chips into a trashcan…not a bucket! You’re gonna fill a bucket real quick Tom! Do like JP suggested! That works real well.

What I really wanted to get across is that the dust chute is only 1” high so it tends to jamb up real quick when you’re cutting too much at a time. When it does jamb you’ll see lot of chips come flyin’ out the front. Sometimes I think it’s best just to let em’ fly!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#11 posted 12-30-2007 02:59 AM

It should be here on the 3rd. I’m not waiting particularly patiently. I’ll pick up trash can before it gets here.

-- Tom, Southwest Florida

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#12 posted 12-30-2007 03:51 AM

hey tom , sounds like your about ready to soil yer undies !! if it gets real bad take a ride up to st. pete and ill let you run a couple boards thru mine maybe keep the monkey off yer back till the third !! lol

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