Planer dust collector chute

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Project by JAcker posted 03-13-2012 12:03 AM 17819 views 11 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Apparently my planer (Delta 22-560) was discontinued and nobody sells the optional dust collection chute. That probably explains why I found a bunch of knives for it on clearance for $9 and got it insanely cheaply (and unused) on Craigslist…

Anyway, last week the height adjustment jammed. After a good bit of careful disassembly, followed by even more swearing, and finally yanking on some vice grips with a long section of pipe (more leverage since a bigger hammer was not the solution). Anyway, it works fine now, but I realized the big wad of dust that got jammed in the threads might have been avoidable…

First picture shows the final chute all hooked up before a test run. Picture 2 shows the cut parts sitting next to the cutter cover/chute (with the big red sticker) that came with the planer. The part in clamps is the back plate of the chute – I had to laminate two pieces of wood to fill the gaps properly. The piece with the oval cut-out is the top plate. That piece is sitting on the piece of cardboard that was my prototype (I did not run the planer with the cardboard, but I think it would have been ok). I was fortunate to have a bunch of oak that I had been playing with resawing that was precisely the right thickness. This planer has a cutoff switch that the cover has to hold closed and a 1/16th groove the the plate has to fit into. The piece of oak was one of my less successful attempts – 1/16th on one side and 1/8th on the other – perfect for this masterpiece. The back plate has 3 strips of wood to match the odd machining of the back end of the planer. I think one of the strips is hickory, but the rest is white oak.

The third picture shows a the inside of the cutting cavity through the port after doing some planing (the gaps in the boards are easily sealed, close enough for a test run). The 4th picture is all the chips/dust in my ShopVac bucket. Pretty good run, very little shavings running loose. Can’t wait to hook it up to an actual DC.

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#1 posted 03-13-2012 12:16 AM

I like it, I’m definitely stealing that idea. I have the same planer

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#2 posted 03-13-2012 01:44 AM

I like it, where did you get that fitting? I need to do this on my old Ryobi planer.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 03-13-2012 02:19 AM

I got the fitting at Highland Woodworking which is literally one mile away. It was about $7, and that fitting is not listed on their website.

I had been looking at a sheet metal 4-inch fitting at the orange box which would have been about the same price. I was looking at using a 4-inch to register fitting. I had planned to slit the rectangular end so it could sit flush and be screwed down to my wood panel. Another product I found was a 4-inch fitting for a drainage system. This had a plastic mesh inset that I probably would have had to cut out. The most flexible option is to use a roofing ventilation 'boot' There are cheaper versions (in-store I found one for $5 in the plumbing section). These are made of a variety of materials. The one I considered using was some kind of thick vinyl which would have needed to be cut and then I would have put in a short piece of PVC as a coupling.

I mostly abandoned these approaches because I knew I could get that fitting and it would have taken a bit of adjustment to get anything else attached. I really wanted a project that I could get done in an hour or two. I just googled and found a bunch of other options that would work for $4-$15 online. None of the have the flange the fans out like the fitting I used.

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#4 posted 03-13-2012 11:13 AM

I did the same thing to my planer. It works great thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 03-13-2012 12:06 PM

That’s the problem with Delta tools. Their customer service, particularly in parts support, really sucks. I have two Delta lathes and I’ll never buy another Delta anything. Nice build and I too think my Ryobi could use some upgrading.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#6 posted 03-13-2012 04:18 PM

Very creative.

Bought mine in 2004 and it is waiting. Used it a couple of times when resurfacing barn boards. Did a great job. Did see on Amazon where I purchased it, that you can still purchase a dust hood for the machine. a suggestion made there was to replace the 7.5 mm bolts with 8 mm and get a new wrench. But you probably knew that . LOL.

Didn’t think that a Delta piece of equipment would be totally discontinued. Appears Dewalt is still producing these guys as well as Sears? There is always Harbor Frieght LOL, or maybe if I get into some production a Grizzly with a spiral cutter head.

I bought some Grizzly tools. They share the quality issues of chinese built equipment?, but it is an american service company and they have always been helpful. And they don’t run down a logic diagram to answer my questions?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 04-21-2012 05:42 PM

Jacketr, what is the back piece for? The factory piece, which is indefinitely on back order, does not seem to have that piece. What are the dimensions to that piece and the othe pieces. I hope to build one. Thanks, Dutchie

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#8 posted 04-22-2012 01:12 PM

I’ve had some bad experience with Delta also. And, I have to admit some good. Here’s where it started 2 years ago:

I was told today by the servicenet people that I need to throw my midi lathe away because it is NOT repairable. The run capacitor on the motor burned up and melted and the part has been discontinued. Iasked what I should do about getting a replacement part and the lady told me “the part has been discontinued and there is no replacement. So, throw it away and by a new one”. What kind of crap is that? Had I been a customer service rep, I would have at least tried to be nice. I will not buy another tool from any of their companies. I know it is really going to hurt them. LOL But I can bad mouth the hell out of ‘em and never recommend their products. THEY DON’T CARE, ONCE YOU BUY!_

The I had to make a statement to eat some crow on that topic. The, Low and behold it happened again, though not as drastic. Both Lathes went down in the same day. Look here for that explanation. Delta, IMHO, has some real problems. Part of the recent problem with obtaining parts was Delta was sold to another conglomerate corporation. Maybe if they quit buying and selling their companies and concentrate on providing good quality tools and good customer service, we wouldn’t be having these problems.

Both Lathes are now back up and running, for how long is yet to be determined.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#9 posted 04-22-2012 04:38 PM

Had the notion that I needed power tools to make furniture efficiently. Bought what I could afford reasoning”If I do well I canbuy better tools.” People lost their disposable incomes about the time I was going to make my furniture for sale. Still have the cheap stuff! Hope this helps anyone who might think this way. I’m asking myself..”Why didn’t I take up painting?”

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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