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Forum topic by Gene Howe posted 04-08-2011 03:19 PM 1219 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-08-2011 03:19 PM

The new Delta 13” planer arrived yesterday!
I spent most of the day unpacking, reading the manual and and modifying the stand to accept the larger footprint. Ran a few pieces of mesquite through.
First impressions:
1. Lotta plastic
2. Lotta cut depth indicators. (3) One on the cutter head handle, one at the infeed, and one that’s really a stop at preselected depths of cuts.
3. Even with the plastic, it’s HEAVY. Definitely not a portable machine for this old man!
4. The cutter head raises and lowers sooo smoothly.
5. The DC attachment is a VERY welcome add on..
6. Out of the box, the tables were aligned to perfection.
7. The three knife cutter head leaves an awesomely smooth surface.
8. Not as noisy as the old one. Of, course that observation is tempered by the fact that the old one was going through it’s death throes.
Pictures of the stand mods and planer features to follow.
I know I should have not cut the mourning process as short as I did, but I go through the 7 stages of grief real quick.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton


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#1 posted 04-08-2011 03:45 PM

when they crash and burn
no sense in carrying a torch

glad you got something worthwhile

and with that wood coming soon too

what do you plan on making
besides flat smooth boards lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 04-08-2011 03:55 PM

Nothing of any artistic significance on the horizon, David.
Some oak and walnut routered snack trays, a few wall mirror/plant holders, a couple brief cases and a humidor.
Then, some banks for the grandkids.
Oh, and a few Arts and Crafts style frames for the wife’s cross stitching.
There’s a great deal of face to face glue ups with those trays. The planer and V sander will be getting a work out!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 04-08-2011 04:08 PM

Which model Delta did you get?

Mesquite can be awfully hard on planer knives and table saw blades. If you want to save your equipment feel free to send the mesquite to me! :-) (Just kidding, I LOVE that stuff, but it IS hard on tools…)

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#4 posted 04-08-2011 05:40 PM

It’s the #22-590.
Got to looking at the knives, and they sure look beefier than the ones on the recently deceased 12” Delta. Hope that means that they’ll last longer.
Me? Send you mesquite? You live close to some FINE Mesquite. Last Feb., we spent 18 days on Padre Island and was just drooling as we drove through some really nice stands on the way down and, over to McAllen.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 04-09-2011 12:37 AM

Here is the planer and the piece of ply I used to accommodate the larger footprint. Classy, huh?

This is a pic of ny wheelie thingie. I jst step pn the “L”, tilt it towards me and wheel it away.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 04-09-2011 04:26 PM

Nice add~ons to your stand…..how is the snipe on the new planer ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 04-09-2011 11:39 PM

No snipe at all, Dusty….if you lock the head! DAMHIK!! And, the infeed/outfeed tables were perfect out of the box. Haven’t planed anything longer than 24” though.
I use a “V” sander instead of a jointer to get the work perfectly flat before planing. Well, I joint first then use the sander. Anyway, I’m building up blocks of oak and walnut to make some 15” diameter trays and I wanted to insure that the glue ups were absolutely flat. So far, my system has been producing boards that are so flat they almost create a vacuum when placed face to face.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#8 posted 04-10-2011 06:40 AM

I’m glad to hear about the no snipe : ) My friend owned a Delta and never was able to adjust the snipe out of the thing….I bought a DeWalt and am quite happy with it : )
Looking forward to your trays !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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