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Forum topic by ajosephg posted 03-26-2010 03:18 AM 1178 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ajosephg

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03-26-2010 03:18 AM

Topic tags/keywords: planer delta 22-540 question

I took the feed rollers out of my old Delta 22-540 to inspect the bearings and clean the slides.

Well guess what – I can’t get the roller chain back on, it’s like if it is one link short. Has anybody been there done that?

-- Joe


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Michael Murphy

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#1 posted 03-26-2010 04:04 AM

This is the chain connecting the feed rollers?

Everything else went back together properly? All the bearings are seated?

Can you take the sprockets off the roller shafts, assemble the chain, align the sprockets and push them on at the same time? Rotate them by hand to insert the keys if necessary. Maybe there is more wear on one side of the sprockets than the other? (you did say old, I am old and my sprockets are unevely worn)

I have an old Planer, different brand, which is fairly similar. Never had this problem though.

If it came off and nothing changed, it should surely go back on.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#2 posted 03-26-2010 04:16 AM

Damn….guess you’ll have to buy a new one!

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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#3 posted 03-26-2010 04:21 AM

It’s the chain that drives the feed rollers (from the transmission.)

Everything went back together ok. The “bearings” are not really bearings – just a cube with a hole bored through it that the ends of the roller go through.

There is no visible wear on the sprockets, chain, or bearings.

The problem seems to be that the height adjusting jack screw is real close to the chain which gets in the way when trying to reassemble. I tried breaking the chain, wrapping it around the sprockets, but can’t pull it tight enough to get the links to engage.

It didn’t want to come apart easily so I persuaded the it with a hammer.

-- Joe

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#4 posted 03-26-2010 04:47 AM

Tony – don’t you hate when that happens?!

I went to Lowes today to buy some snap ring pliers and guess what I saw?

A Dewalt DW735 13” 2 speed planer for $550, a $100 off regular price. I’m getting pumped.

-- Joe

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#5 posted 03-26-2010 05:12 AM

So you persuaded it back together?

When you reassembled it, is the same face of the “cube” bearing facing the same way it was when you disassembled it?

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#6 posted 03-26-2010 05:29 AM

No, I wasn’t able to persuade it to go together, too many pieces and parts and not enough hands.

As much as I can tell the “cube” bearings are symetrical. I really looked at them closely before taking them off the shafts. I’m thinking that the factory installs the chains before the jack screw. I really don’t want to take the jack screw out because that begs all kinds of alignment issues.

I’m going to try one more time tomorrow and if that doesn’t work I’m going to lengthen the chain by 1 link (unless someone gives me a new idea). I don’t think that will hurt the operation because the rpm of these rollers is pretty slow so it shouldn’t throw the chain off.

-- Joe

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#7 posted 03-26-2010 05:41 AM

woodworking man says…......he who persuades machine apart…must use hammer to persuade machine back….if it no worky….....then man make a big mistake….....

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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ajosephg

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#8 posted 03-26-2010 11:42 PM

Whoop De Doo! – Success, I got the chains on without adding links.

A combination of a little more finesse, and a light tap with a rubber mallet caused them to say uncle.

I think I’ll still pop for a new one though. I think the rollers on mine are worn out, and new ones are $75.00 each. The main problem I’ve been having is slippage especially when taking light cuts. I took the rollers out and sanded them lightly to give the surface a better bite, and cleaned them real good with acetone. (It’s hard to do a real good job of cleaning while they are installed.) It helped, but it’s not as good as I want.

-- Joe

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#9 posted 03-27-2010 12:05 AM

get the dewalt and sell the delta, i have a ridgid but want a dewalt for some reason maybe cuz everyone has one or the two speeds i don’t know i just like it. my ridgid works fine as far as i can tell. Good Luck!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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#10 posted 03-27-2010 12:45 AM

Perserverance pays off. (however you spell it)

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#11 posted 03-27-2010 04:02 AM

I think I’ll still pop for a new one though.

Atta boy Joe!! LOL! You deserve it!!

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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#12 posted 03-27-2010 05:04 AM

I was going to make you an offer on the planer if you still had it in pieces. Just ship everything to me :)

-- Common sense is not common practice.

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#13 posted 03-27-2010 05:10 AM

Colonel:

Bummer, I would have taken you up.

-- Joe

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