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Forum topic by johnedward posted 12-12-2011 10:44 PM 964 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-12-2011 10:44 PM

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Recently it has become impossible to raise or lower the depth on this planer, making it unusable. I could crank it down, but not up. It is now down all the way and I can’t crank it up. I have cleaned out all of the dust and tried to see if there is anything that might keep it from raising. I took off the casing to inspect, but everything seems to be in good order. It is fairly new and has not been used a lot. Anyone else have problems with the raising and lowering mechanism for the cutters? It raises and lowers on 2 threaded rods.

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#1 posted 12-15-2011 09:51 AM

Had a similiar problem with a 16 inch, of course this planer had some other issues as it had seen alot of use, like cracked pulleys and so on, so it was deemed scrap metal, because the bed could not be raised and well the pulleys for this particular model were hard to find. Anyways, after I”d taken a sledge hammer to it for a while and busted up the top, because it weighed something like 3 tons and could not be moved from it’s location for scrap metal, I discovered that at the bottom, there was a split drive shaft that was held in place by pins (best way I can describe it), the pins had worked themselves loose, and whenever the wheel was turned to raise it, the two shafts on either side would compress and the gear that was supposed to raise the bed slipped, causing it to not move. Being that it was a Delta it may be a similiar problem, but this was an ollllllddddd delta.

P.s there’s another 16 to replace this one, though, like the one before it, it needs some love before use. And it was not mine, I was just doing what I was told.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#2 posted 12-15-2011 12:13 PM

Take it apart and inspect the mechanism. Those lunchbox
planers typically use sintered sprockets and gears which can
break and disable them.

Take the bottom panel off and see what’s up underneath.

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