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07-05-2014 10:06 PM

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I just pulled my Delta 22-560 lunchbox planer out to start working on a new project. Cleaned the rollers with a rubber reguvinator to get them nice and sticky. It seems as though they are not grabbing any longer unless I take a monster cut and then of course get tear out. I am really puzzled why this will not pull any wood in for a very shallow cut. I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions.
Even open to replacement recommendations as well.

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#1 posted 07-05-2014 10:10 PM

Have you tried waxing the tables so that the wood will slide easily?

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#2 posted 07-05-2014 10:28 PM

+1 to waxing the table and try acetone on the rollers. If you’re using something that is making them sticky, they’ll soon be covered with sawdust and incapable of providing the necessary traction to pull the board through. They need to be clean and dry.

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#3 posted 07-05-2014 11:36 PM

I did wax everything as well. Ill try the acetone. Can the blades be set lower than the rollers or vice versa?

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#4 posted 07-06-2014 11:57 AM

The table is like glass, can slide a piece of wood right through if the cutter head is high enough like its on air.
I cleaned both rollers with acetone and let sit for an hour to dry. I tried again. It still seems to slip on the in feed roller more than the out feed but not by much.

Maybe I am just expecting too much from this tool in general. I was trying to get some boards planed down to 1/2” and was trying to creep up on it but in order for the unit to feed I have to take 3/32” or more off on a pass to get it ti feed which can go past my targeted thickness.

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#5 posted 07-06-2014 12:09 PM

usually the rollers are spring loaded and chips can get in the way which won’t let the rollers come down where they should be, you will have to pry up the roller with a board then use compressed air to blow out the chips, it is possible you may have to take it apart the get it cleaned out, also the rollers will deteriorate with time and get hard, loosing their grip

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#6 posted 07-06-2014 12:15 PM

I’ll try that even though I didn’t see anything when I started to pull the rollers.

Besides replacing them which one is discontinued can you make a new one or wrap it with something to get it to grip again?

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#7 posted 07-06-2014 12:34 PM

Having to take a 3/32” cut each time is definitely too much to make it work correctly. I can take 0.015” off a board with my DeWalt DW734, which isn’t that much different in design than your Delta. Do you notice any difference whether or not the cutter head lock has been tightened?

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#8 posted 07-06-2014 12:43 PM

This could not be your problem but happened to us.

This to happen on my 14 year old daughter’s Delta planer. It was the chain drive giving up. Checked and the gears had cracks. Put new gears on and it worked for a little while and then the rollers locked up breaking the chain and a gear.

Threw the planer in the dumpster and went to HD and bought her a new Rigid planer…she’s run about 300 brd feet of Maple through it with no problems…she loves it.

-- Bruce http://plans.sawmillvalley.org http://www.sawmillgirls.com

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#9 posted 07-06-2014 01:04 PM

I owned one of these planers and planed many a bdft through it. Many years later, I did have feed issues with it while building my house. I did shimmed the outfeed roller to try to get it to pull the board. It didn’t fix the problem. Eventually, I had to sideline it in favor of a Dewalt planer. After the house was complete, I found my old friend in a corner wasting away.

Well, I did like the DeWalt planer, so I decided to find the Delta a new home. I took the planer completely apart, cleaned the rollers with soap and water, and vacuumed all the chips out. I the put it back together, making sure I adjusted the outfeed roller to factory specs. With new blades installed, she fired up and planed boards like new.

I listed it on Craigslist and got $225 for it.

-- Makin' Sawdust!!!

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