|Forum topic by GerardW||posted 01-30-2014 07:00 PM||1498 views||0 times favorited||0 replies|
01-30-2014 07:00 PM
I recently acquired my first thickness planer from a craigslist ad- a Delta 22-560 in “ok” condition. For $150 it was just what I was looking for.
Seller was up front about the fact that the planer had fallen once years ago, and bent the infeed table. upon further inspection it was bent away from the stock (i.e. down) and so I thought it wouldn’t be that big a deal because it wouldn’t interfere with feeding stock in flat.
First thing I did when I got it was open it up, clean it out and change the blades (2 blades). I also tried to adjust the infeed/outfeed tables to level per the manual, but they were… finnicky, to say the least. To say the most they were damn annoying. I have it at a place where I am ok with it, but I notice that I get a much smoother cut if I am feeding stock in on the right side rather than the center of the machine.
So- three questions:
1) Any general maintenance/tweaking/fine tuning I should do to make sure that this planer is performing at its best?
2) I checked for replacement infeed/outfeed tables at Delta as welll as some other parts outlets, and it has been discontinued. Ideas on repairing or replacing the outfeed tables? Or is a shop made solution feasible? If so- what might that look like?
3) Ideas on why feeding to one side would yield a smoother cut and better results? Not an issue now as I have been using it mostly for narrow stock, but if I get a wider board I am concerned I wouldn’t be able to get consistent results.
-- Gerard in Bowie MD