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Forum topic by Tyrone posted 655 days ago 1159 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tyrone

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655 days ago

Hello,
After seeing MedicKens thread on his new planer with the bad gear in it, I was thinking maybe I should put some oil in mine.
I have a Delta X5 15” planer that I bought used about one year ago. It’s made in 2003. When in transportation it was leaking oil and the truck bed was covered in the stuff. I didn’t think much of it and it didn’t look like too much but now that I think of it, the excess probably went out between the tailgate cracks.
I only used it a couple times since then.

Long story short,
What oil should I use in a planer?

Thanks.

-- Tyrone - Canada, BC


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sawdustphill

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#1 posted 655 days ago

Hello Tyrone
I believe these 15” planers call for 50 weight gear oil
My powermatic 15” has the same two speed gear box and it uses 50 wt.
hope this helps

Phillip

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Grandpa

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#2 posted 654 days ago

Gear oil and motor oil are different. Motor oil will foam on you and not lubricate so get the gear oil like Phillip recommended. Oil that is foamy doesn’t lubricate well. I think I might drain the oil if it is not too difficult and replace all of it with the same kind.

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Fred Hargis

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#3 posted 654 days ago

A good quality gear oil is what you need. I use 140 wt. Mobil one synthetic…but I think any/every heavy duty gear oil has been used successfully used in these planers. I called Delta many years back and was told to use something with an “EP7” additive, and was told somewhere else that the Mobil 1 SHC 634 has that additive (can’t prove that). But grab any name brand gear oil at the auto store and have no fears (choose your own weight).

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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AHuxley

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#4 posted 654 days ago

@Grandpa in this application it isn’t the anti-foaming properties of gear oil (too low of a speed) it is the potential for boundry lubrication so it really is the added film strength of the gear oil that is needed.

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Tyrone

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#5 posted 654 days ago

Thanks for the answers.
How much am I supposed to put in?

-- Tyrone - Canada, BC

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Fred Hargis

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#6 posted 651 days ago

Seems like mine held about 18 fl. ozs. I remember a quart wasn’t enough for 2 oil changes. In any case you just fill it to the level of the fill hole (which is about as impossible to get to as it can be). I bought one of these, put a short length of plastic tube over the end for more reach, and use it to put the gear oil in. You can get those things at Wal-mart.

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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