LumberJocks

Delta 13" Planer - Depth Stop Question **SOLVED**

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by ChunkyC posted 12-11-2010 02:43 AM 2832 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View ChunkyC's profile

ChunkyC

856 posts in 2716 days


12-11-2010 02:43 AM

I have a Delta 13” planer model 22-580. The question that I have is, what is the “depth stop” for? The manual makes me think that I should be able to set the stop, raise the head and plane down to the stop and repeat. But when I set the depth stop, I can’t raise or lower the head. Am I understanding the manual incorrectly or is there something not quite to par with my planer?

Thanks,

Chunk

From the Manual:
1. You can use the depth stop (A) Fig. 15 to set the A cutterhead to a pre-determined thickness. The stop
can be set at any depth from 1/8” (3.2 mm) to 6-1/2” (165 mm) for repetitive planing.

2. To set the depth stop, lower the cutterhead to the desired depth.

3. Rotate the depth stop knob (A) Fig. 15 clockwise, while applying light downward pressure, until it stops.

4. Push down on the depth stop knob and turn the knob approximately 1/4 turn clockwise until the depth stop engages.

5. Raise the cutterhead to allow for the workpiece. As it is planed down, the cutterhead will stop at the height at which the depth stop was engaged.

6. To disengage the depth stop, raise the cutterhead 1/2 turn, and turn the depth stop knob counterclockwise.

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135


18 replies so far

View juniorjock's profile

juniorjock

1930 posts in 3227 days


#1 posted 12-11-2010 03:12 AM

Raise the blades higher than you want. If you want 1”, raise them to 2”. Then you should be able to set the depth on them. Hope this works. You may have to raise them a littler higher.
- JJ

Edit: the instructions seem to be right.

View ChunkyC's profile

ChunkyC

856 posts in 2716 days


#2 posted 12-11-2010 03:19 AM

??? I can’t move the head once the depth stop is engaged.

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135

View juniorjock's profile

juniorjock

1930 posts in 3227 days


#3 posted 12-11-2010 03:23 AM

Wow. ChunkyC. I’m not sure. I’ve had trouble with my 735 before, but not like that. Soneone will know.
- JJ

View CharlieM1958's profile

CharlieM1958

16241 posts in 3680 days


#4 posted 12-11-2010 03:58 AM

I’m not familiar with that particular planer, but I would interpret the manual as meaning just what is says: depth STOP. In other words, it’s just a positive stop so you know you are at 3/8” or whatever. You would still have to sneak up on that thickness, and use the stop for your final pass once you were close.

Edit: I went back and re-read what you quoted from the manual, and it sure does sound like it should work the way you were expecting.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

View scrappy's profile

scrappy

3506 posts in 2892 days


#5 posted 12-11-2010 05:23 AM

I have a Ryobi planer and the stop works as a stop. You start higher and work your way down to the stop. Sounds like yours should work the same by the instructions. Might have a problem somewhere in the adjustment?

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

View NBeener's profile

NBeener

4808 posts in 2635 days


#6 posted 12-11-2010 05:26 AM

I think scrappy’s got it right.

That’s how it works on my 13” Ridgid planer, and—for repeated boards supposed to be the same thickness—it works quite well.

-- -- Neil

View ChunkyC's profile

ChunkyC

856 posts in 2716 days


#7 posted 12-11-2010 05:27 AM

Thanks Scrappy. Maybe someone that owns this model will chime in and point me in the right direction. I can’t even seem to see how it’s supposed to work.

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135

View NBeener's profile

NBeener

4808 posts in 2635 days


#8 posted 12-11-2010 05:29 AM

Chunk, if you set the heads up high—say 2” over the deck—and set the stop at, say, 1/8” .... can you then move the heads up and down ?

It should just be a positive stop, the way your table saw likely has stops at 45 and 0 degrees.

If you had the heads near the height at which you set the stop, I could see interference happening, but … if there’s a decent gap—a couple inches or so—that should rule that out.

-- -- Neil

View mathom7's profile

mathom7

69 posts in 2373 days


#9 posted 12-11-2010 06:40 AM

Chunky I have that model and I’ve used the stop successfully in the past.

I haven’t used it since I put the Wixey on it a while back, but, I’ll take a look at it tomorrow and see if I can figure out the mechanics behind the function and get back to you.

View ChunkyC's profile

ChunkyC

856 posts in 2716 days


#10 posted 12-11-2010 02:57 PM

My guess is that it’s operator error. I’m trying to do what I think the O&M manual says but it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.

Thanks for the help.

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135

View tnwood's profile

tnwood

249 posts in 2548 days


#11 posted 12-11-2010 05:47 PM

I have the same planer and had some trouble with it early on also. I’m not sure I totally remember what I did but I think the lock up comes from not having it fully disengaged or unlocked when you start. After you have unlocked it, run it down until it stops. Then back off 1/2 turn and try to unlock it again. Then start all over with setting it and locking it. I don’t know why it does that but I think that is what I did with a similar problem. I think you also have to press down and then turn the knob when unlocking it as doesn’t unlatch properly otherwise.

View Praki's profile

Praki

197 posts in 3458 days


#12 posted 12-11-2010 05:51 PM

I have the same planer and same problem :(

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

View YoungestSon's profile

YoungestSon

93 posts in 2518 days


#13 posted 12-11-2010 06:04 PM

I have the same planer but haven’t tried that yet.

-- Don - Rochester, NY

View ChunkyC's profile

ChunkyC

856 posts in 2716 days


#14 posted 12-11-2010 06:23 PM

Well looks like it’s not just me after all.

tnwood. Not sure that I fully understand. ...”unlocked it, run it down until it stops.” If it’s unlocked, then where is it going to stop, at 1/8” min depth?

“Then back off 1/2 turn and try to unlock it again” This is what’s stumping me. What do I “back off?” The blue knob on the stop or the depth adjustment crank? I can’t move the crank once the stop is engaged and if I back off the blue knob on the stop, it unlocks.

I’m convinced that I’m doing something wrong, but I just cant figure out what it is. I think I’ll head down to the shop and play around with it some more. Maybe eureka will stop by. lol

Thanks.

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135

View ChunkyC's profile

ChunkyC

856 posts in 2716 days


#15 posted 12-11-2010 06:28 PM

showing 1 through 15 of 18 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com