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Forum topic by twowheel posted 07-21-2011 03:12 AM 9857 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-21-2011 03:12 AM

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I’m a first timer on this site, so this is bound to be clunky. Just picked up a Delta DC-33 Planer (Model 22-660) from my local auction house for $400.00. Machine shows signs of very little use and the motor decal shows that it originated from Pittsburgh Pa. Came with stand, front and back feed tables and a mobile base. The instruction manual is dated 04/20/91. I mill all of my lumber and I’m hoping this will be a nice upgrade over my Dewalt 733.

Ran my 240 volt line and started her up, she sounds good. Before I run her through her paces, I want to make sure everything is tuned and lubricated.

The manual calls for the gear box oil to be changed using a special gear oil from Delta. Has anyone used a gear oil other than Delta’s recommendation and can anyone tell me what the oil capacity is?

I would like to hear about your experience (pros or cons) with this machine if you have owned one. Don’t have room for 2 planers, and I’d like to find a good home for the Dewalt if the Delta is a keeper.

-- Rog; part time woodworker, part time biker, full time family man and living life

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#1 posted 07-21-2011 04:24 AM

The delta should be a keeper, I havde not owned a dc33 but have used several and also knew several shops (pro) using that specific planer. You did good at 400. I would go on and put the dewalt at the curb. that particular model is in an entirely differant arena as the dewalt as you will see. And I believe the gearbox will take 80/90 wt. Enjoy

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#2 posted 07-21-2011 05:07 AM

I would suggest calling your local Delta service center and asking them what to use. Most times the guys there aren’t worried about selling you anything, so they’ll tell you what you can get away with. I would also imagine a regular old 80wt oil would work. Synthetic is probably the way to go.

Nice buy, by the way. Those planers look to be pretty stout. Norm had one for a while, so it must be pretty good.

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#3 posted 07-21-2011 11:52 PM

Thanks for the input, I’m hoping this is the last planer I buy. I can tell you from experience, it’s heavy. No small task heaving that rascal on the stand. From what I was able to find out, looks like 80/90 weight gear oil is the ticket, thanks all.

-- Rog; part time woodworker, part time biker, full time family man and living life

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