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Forum topic by CLWidener posted 10-07-2012 09:36 PM 9981 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CLWidener

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10-07-2012 09:36 PM

Just found a delta 12 1/2 planner on CL for $150. Wondering if anyone had any reviews for me before I go check it out. Thanks.


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#1 posted 10-07-2012 10:55 PM

I thought it was a pretty nice planer. $150 is a fair price IMO.

Delta 22-560

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#2 posted 10-07-2012 11:30 PM

Can you get to try it out before you buy it?
I had a Delta 12 1/2” planer before I bought my Rigid 13” and I always got snipe with that Delta and could not adjust out of it. I don’t know the model No. I had but I’d check for that before I’d buy it.

The reason I bought this Rigid planer is that I saw a guy using one at a fair making signs and he got absolutely no snipe and neither do I now that I have it.. I think the Delta did not have the outfeed rollers out far enough and it let the board tip into the cutter too much.

My 2 cents worth…...............Jim

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#3 posted 10-07-2012 11:45 PM

I have one and it is a piece of junk. I had to have the parts welded to keep them tight. I will no longer buy Delta tools, but i may have got the last one the person built before they jumped from the window..

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#4 posted 10-08-2012 12:07 AM

Jim – The Delta TP300 and TP305 did not have a cutterhead lock and were more prone to snipe. The 22-560 (same as the TP400) has a cutterhead lock, and shouldn’t have much snipe once setup well.

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#5 posted 10-08-2012 12:09 AM

Thanks guys. I going to give it a try and check for snipe. If im fully satisfied I’ll probably pick it up. $150 seems pretty reasonable. Thanks again.

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#6 posted 10-08-2012 12:29 AM

I had one and sold it when it started feeding erratically which resulted in non uniform thickness within a give board. Delta said it needed new rollers and wanted about $150.00 to rebuild it and replace parts as necessary.

I sold it (for $150) and bought a Dewalt.

PS – I told the buyer what was wrong and he still bought it!

-- Joe

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CLWidener

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#7 posted 10-08-2012 12:32 AM

Hey Joe, how much use did you get out of it before you needed to get new rollers? It’s starting to seem like a gamble.

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#8 posted 10-08-2012 12:46 AM

CL – I didn’t use it that much, but I loaned it to a guy and I think he ran a lot of used barn siding through it which probably contributed to its demise.

Run some stock that is at least 6-8 inches wide with a 1/16 cut and see how it does. If it doesn’t feed properly, forget it. Also take a vernier or micrometer and measure the thickness on both sides of the boards, and if it isn’t within 0.005 at all points, I’d also reject it. (I wouldn’t worry about snipe, ‘cause that pretty much is common to all lunch box planers.)

-- Joe

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#9 posted 10-08-2012 12:51 AM

Thanks Joe, that’s some good advice.

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#10 posted 10-08-2012 01:17 AM

I had that planer for about 8 years before I upgraded to a stationary. I found it to be a great machine. I used it a lot and never had any problem with snipe, even without using the locking cutterhead. I think I sold mine for $225-$250 and it sold right away, so if it is in good condition I think $150 is a great deal. The only reason I upgraded was that I wanted a quieter machine and a bit more capacity.

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#11 posted 10-08-2012 01:19 AM

My pair o’ peso’s… I don’t have a 22-560 but I do have a 22-580. A bit different but still in the nearby realm.

My thoughts?

A 1/16” cut is wayyyyyyyyy to much for any lunch box planer. I try to take the minimum needed to make the board go through. If your motor slows down, your taking too much cut. Why is it so hard to take small cuts for so many people? This isn’t a table saw, it’s a planer…. If you tried to take off a 1/16” cut through a 6” board with a table saw with a universal motor, you would be having the same problems, provided you could make a full cut.

My 22-580 makes nearly perfect cuts every time BUT! You have to have a piece of wood that is long enough to contact the roller on each end every time.

Don’t let snipe scare you….. The majority of the planers you bring home from the store are going to be misaligned. It’s your job to figure out why and fix it. Just like aligning a table saw.

this ain’t rocket surgery… it’s more like a flu shot!

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#12 posted 10-08-2012 02:00 AM

I agree with Dallas, I wasn’t thinking clearly. 1/32 is way plenty.

-- Joe

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#13 posted 10-09-2012 10:36 AM

I went a head and bought it. Feed smoothly with no snipe on entry and very little on exit which I can adjust to eliminate or build a longer out feed table(or deal with). It was brand new and about half the retail value. I should be able to get my my money’s worth out of it. Thanks for all the feed back.

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#14 posted 10-09-2012 11:09 AM

Congrats…sounds like a nice deal. To keep wood feeding smoothly, keep those rollers clean using alcohol or naptha, and wax the tables. Enjoy!

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#15 posted 10-09-2012 01:21 PM

Happy for youj!

-- Joe

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