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02-26-2012 02:37 AM

I have the opportunity to buy a Delta DC-380 15X6 planer that needs new knives. The seller is asking $495.00. Is that a fair price?

-- Ken


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#1 posted 02-26-2012 03:19 AM

I don’t know about the price, but I have the X5 15” planer which is the newer version of the DC-380. Mine looks identical to the DC-380 actually.
It’s a good planer, it doesn’t have a pressure bar which doesn’t matter too much. One thing to keep in mind, it’s a large planer. Don’t expect to have any tools taller than it. I doubt any tablesaw will clear the motor or the four posts.
I paid 800 for a Delta X5 planer and an X5 6” jointer, both in very bad condition. They were under a carport in a rainforest(Revelstoke).

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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#2 posted 02-26-2012 05:21 AM

I have the DC 380 and actually got it for $300 but the boss paid for it so it cost me nothing. I took it completely apart and cleaned and lubed everything. Changed the gearcase oil and replaced a couple of broken parts. It seems to be a great planer I am still fighting with a Wixey DRO I recently bought for it. Just can’t seem to get it to work right. I emailed Barry Wixey and he did reply but i have to get back to him as i think I may have gotten a bad DRO.

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#3 posted 02-26-2012 05:30 AM

Tyrone,
What do I lose not having a pressure bar? I’m not familiar with these planners. Can you educate me?

-- Ken

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#4 posted 02-26-2012 05:31 AM

Kick back,
Are there rebuild kits available, I’m a pretty decent woodworker, not such a good mechanic

-- Ken

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#5 posted 02-26-2012 05:37 AM

I’m looking on the Delta website and while I can’t find any DC 380 (I assume it’s discontinued) these 15” planners are going for $1300. Is the DC 380 a good machine? I’ve been using a 13” Ryobi portable for 15 years. I’m thinking the DC 380 would be a serious upgrade. Have I got it right/wrong? Is it worth $495?

-- Ken

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#6 posted 02-26-2012 06:59 AM

The planer works just as good as any other that I’ve used. I’ve used a couple of different planers. Two different Generals and a 24” planer.
I haven’t actually had the time to take it apart and clean it up yet. I’m using dull blades and getting good results.

Be careful when you move it. If I remember correctly, it weighs either 450 or 350 pounds.

Personally, I’d try for 425, but butter up the seller first. If it seems like he likes you, go for 400.

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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#7 posted 02-26-2012 08:18 AM

I got my jet 15 for less than that, 5 hp, 580 lbs, Old school, but I would look at Graigslist a little longer. Knifes will cost you about 80-100 bucks a set. In todays market, I would start looking around for a used planer with the spiral cutter head. Picked up a used grizzly 8 inch joiner for 200 bucks last weekend in perfect condition, so prices are soft these days.

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#8 posted 02-26-2012 12:35 PM

DC 380 is a catalog number(actually a style identification. The actual model number should be 22-xxx. Look on the spec plate of the planer(not the stand, it’ll have another number(50-xxx) Try 22-675 or 22-680…it should bring up a planer quite similar to yours.

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#9 posted 02-26-2012 02:20 PM

I’ve had a DC 380 (22-680) for about 10 years or so. It’s a great machine. I bought mine new for $1000 (delivered, with mobile base). I put a Byrd head in it about a year ago, and like it even better. I consider the price very reasonable, but make sure it has the infeed/outfeed rollers. You can build some, but the factory jobs are a little easier to use. I have seen a few that had one of the gears stripped, probably because someone tried to shift while it wasn’t running. So in checking it out, with the motor running, tried shifting the feed speed from fast to slow. Also, if you moving from a lunchbox to a stationary be aware of some differences. The stationaries have a serrated steel drive roller…it’s very hard to take the lightest of cuts, because you have to remove enough wood to clear the drive roller imprint. There’s also the maintenance thing…occasional gear box oil changes, some chains to lube every once in a while and so on. With this model, you have to tilt the motor forward to change the blades, but that’s really not a very big deal. As for the knives, they may just need sharpened, but if you buy new ones from Holbren’s and get the Titan brand they will last longer than the factory ones. Get the existing knives sharpened and have a spare set.

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#10 posted 02-26-2012 02:57 PM

I had that same planer for 15 years and it was a real workhorse. Mine was the earlier model that only had the single speed. It was made in Brazil by Invicta who made a lot of tools for Delta before Asia came into play.

Brian

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#11 posted 02-26-2012 06:25 PM

Thank you all for your input and advice. I’m going to look at the planner today at 1:00

-- Ken

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#12 posted 02-27-2012 04:27 AM

Thanks guys for all your help.
I picked it up today (paid full price) and am pretty much delighted with my new DC 380 15’ planner, model 22-675. The guy who sold it to me is a high end remodeling contractor who bought it used 4 years ago for $1,100.00. He hasn’t done anything to it but run about 300 bf of cherry through it. It doesn’t have the in feed and out feed rollers, instead it has a particle board (looks to be original equipment) hinged affair that I’m looking to replace with Delta or after market roller extension tables. It’s in great shape, no rust, paint all looks near new. It’s got a chip on at least one of the blades so I’m looking at sharpen/buy a new set of blades and a pair of Roller Extension Tables. Any advice or recommendations in these two areas would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all again for your help.
Ken

-- Ken

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#13 posted 02-27-2012 12:12 PM

Did you get the manual with it? What about the knife setting jigs? It’s good to have both….congrats, BTW. You did well, IMHO.

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#14 posted 02-27-2012 06:37 PM

Thank you. I down loaded the manual and ordered the Knife setting jig from Delta this morning

-- Ken

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#15 posted 04-11-2012 08:33 PM

I just bought the same thing (22-681) from another furniture maker. Mine is not in as pristine shape as yours, but is decent, and I got a great buy on it – basically he threw it in for free when I bought his Mini Max Sliding Table saw (S250 PS). I haven’t had a chance to clean up either tool, because I’ve been rushing to finish another project (now done!), and do taxes (not quite done, auuurrrrggghhh). I’ll be interested to see how you like your planer. My planer needs a good cleaning, new oil in gearbox, etc. so I’ll set that aside for another day. But I did download the manual for it. If you need a copy of the manual, drop me a line and I’ll send you a .pdf.

-- Bob Card

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