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Forum topic by Mark posted 12-14-2009 09:53 PM 1263 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-14-2009 09:53 PM

Hey Lj’s I am having such a fuss with my planer its getting fustrating now. I’ve got a list of projects to start on but how can I do anything when my planer is malfunctioned??? First things first…I need new blades. I go to HD where they ALWAYS have Delta 12 1/2” blades. The day I go to buy them, THEY GOT RID OF DELTAS! and the other ones they filled in don’t work out for my planer. So I go home and decide to take them out and sharpen the dull ones by hand. The first one goes by no problem BUT as I’m taking out the second blade (note its only a 2 blade planer) 3 of the 6 bolts holding it in place are chewed up and unreleasable! So I tear my shop up and down looking for my chewed screw/bolt removing bit and I can’t find it for the hell of me. So as for now I only have one ok blade in my planer until I either get a tip to remove the chewed bolts or find my chewed screw bit. UUUUUHHHHHHHHHh I’m stuck until then…Maybe if I’m lucky Santa will bring me a nice 24” stationary planer… :(

-- M.K.

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#1 posted 12-14-2009 10:06 PM

How close is a Delta service shop? I had trouble with mine several years ago – had to have it rebuilt (but that was under warranty). Recently I had my Porter Cable router suffer some damage. The local service shop was able to repair it for about half the cost of a new one. Might be an option for you.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 12-14-2009 10:13 PM

its 5 hours away from me…and my warranty is up…at that price i could buy a new one.

-- M.K.

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#3 posted 12-15-2009 01:19 AM

is it the one with the allen screws if so u can file them down so u can get a pair of vise grips on there and use those to unscrew it or them also use a dremel with a grinder tip in it to do the same its just faster than a file but u will have to get new bolts from a hardware store hope this helps. if u lived in cambridge id bring my grab it set over but like i said hope the process i explained works i had the same problem with my delta planner also whats the number on your blades cuz i still have a new pair i can send to ya?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#4 posted 12-15-2009 01:35 AM

As said about getting the bolts out, but Home depot didn’t carry the Delta for a long time. Lowes carries the Delta brand and should have new knives.

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#5 posted 12-15-2009 02:28 AM

These guys have always been helpful to me and I know they have the blades for Delta. After you get the screws out of course. Good luck! If you check out the web site, use the example postal code to getthe list of service depots up.

Black & Decker Factory Service Branch
1480 Dundas St. E.

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#6 posted 12-15-2009 02:49 AM

Ya I’ve checked out that site thx bruce…thx for all your info brothers…I finally found my chewed screw release bit and got 2 of the 3 out… on the 3rd the bit snapped on the bolt so i just grinded the head off, took off the plate holding the blade down, and took the rest of the bolt out with pliers. So much work for my planer. If I had to do this in the middle of a project I woud’ve bought a brand new one courtesy of my client :P lol. I just have to buy 3 more bolts to replace the chewed ones I removed.

-- M.K.

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#7 posted 12-16-2009 10:13 PM

Hi all. New here and was browsing the forum and figure I will add my 2 cent to hopefully help Mark.
I have been down this road plenty of time with my planer and have gotten the system down by now.

To remove the strip screw.
Take a Dremmel (hopefully you have one) with a cut off wheel (those brittle little brown disk that they give you or the fiber reinforce cut off disk work much better). Cut a nice straight slot about 1/16” wide about 3/32” deep on the screw head working from the center of the head to the side. Now take a flat screw driver, work better if the screw driver is wide and thick. I took one of my flat head screw driver and grind off about 1/8” on the end to get a nice thickness to it. Take a peice of board and wedge it against the planer head & the chip chute so the planer head wont rotate. Position the screw driver right in the slot toward one side of the head, tilt the screw driver slightly and take a rubber mallat. Hit it a few times until the head turn about 1/8” (make sure you hit it and is turning like you were backing off the screw) than just use the screw driver and back it out the rest of the way. Go to your local harware store and buy the replacement screw. They are m6, can’t remember the length & pitch. Just bring the strip one with you and buy atleast a dozen of them. Trust me, you will need them.

Tip on not to put yourself in this position.
The wood will migrate underneath the blade and the holder, by doing so, it put more tension on the screw causing you to strip them out. Never take a allen key and stick it in a 1/2” rachet and tight the screw down to try to keep the wood from migrating under neath. Trust me! I’ve had to replace all 12 screws because of what I did and that really suck. When you tighten the screw, turn them snug but do not heave on the key. Also, look at your key, chances are they are rounded over from the strip screw. Cut about 1/4” off of that long key they gave you and you will see a big different on how the key fit. The first time you strip the screw, is time to cut another 1/4” off of that key.

Hope all this make sense and help you
Good Luck,

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#8 posted 12-16-2009 10:31 PM

buy another one…................sadly they are made to be disposable. If you do buy another one… extra knives.

No offence but it sounds like you put the machine through hell and back. Change the knives often and the tool will last much longer.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#9 posted 12-17-2009 01:04 AM

lol hell n back is right…used to eat just pine but now its eating every rare exotic hardwood under the sun

-- M.K.

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