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Forum topic by Quanter50 posted 03-28-2015 09:42 PM 1541 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Quanter50

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03-28-2015 09:42 PM

Well, I got my newly acuired Delta 13” Planer (DC-33) up and running. I’m so excited I just had to post and show it off. I got it off of Craigslist a few weekends ago for $150. Yup…... One Fifty!! I went over it, put 2 new belts on, new knives, and cleaned any little rust spots off. I planed a test piece of 2” x 6” rock hard White Oak. Beautiful! Machine cuts smooth and straight without any bogging down. I have around 1200 sq. ft. of 1” thick rough sawn kiln dried White Oak to plane for flooring. I plan to use the Delta 13” for the first few passes and my Grizzly 15” w/Spiral cutterhead for the finishing passes. The Grizzly leaves a finish as smooth as glass! Now I need to find, or probably make a dust collector hood for it.


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bigblockyeti

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#1 posted 03-29-2015 06:19 PM

$150 sounds like a heck of a steal, nothing even close to that comes up in my area. Usually all I see is something like that in the $700 – $900 range or a boat anchor someone pulled from the lake for ~$150 needing everything replaced. You did well!

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Quanter50

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#2 posted 03-29-2015 07:00 PM

I am pretty happy for sure! I threw a new set of knives in it. It still had the original set of Delta “Made in West Germany” knives in it. In fact, they have never even been sharpened!

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#3 posted 03-30-2015 06:06 PM

I have the first generation of this planer. Built in 1982.

$150 is quite a steal, however, I only paid $50 for mine (but on a janky home-built stand, and no outfeed tables). It’s a monster of a planer.

I need to get my blades sharpened badly, but the machine doesn’t really care. Just keeps powering through.

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Quanter50

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#4 posted 03-30-2015 06:14 PM

I’m in the process of trying to find cogged belts for it. The original ones are cogged (raised bumps on the inside of the belt). The larger one is fine, but the smaller one that drives the feed roller is stretched. I think it was left in storage in the “engaged” position. I found a regular belt for the feed roller drive, but being it’s not cogged it’s a little hard to get it in the engaged position. I have a guy on Ebay trying to find the right belts from his supplier. We’ll see what happens. The blades were pretty dull when I got it. I fed some oak through it and they were slapping the board. It would make your ears bleed it was so loud! New blades on it now. What a nice machine.

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#5 posted 08-16-2016 01:55 AM

Curious on anyone’s take on this. I am rather new to woodworking and have been looking for a thickness planer. I found one of these on-line with the original stand and was wondering if a price of $100 was a good one. I would have to install an 230v outlet and somehow get it down a half flight of stairs(I guess I could use a dolly but a little scared as I have a bad back and like to do things on my own. The blades have nicks and need to be replaced/sharpened, and I don’t know how to check for belt tension, but assume those cant be too costly to replace. BTW it seemed to plane rather accurately, but it was my first time using a thickness planer and it seemed to be planing fine, i.e. the slabs I planed which were totally uneven before but were nearly the same thickness on each end afterwards.

This planer hasn’t been used in some time and has been sitting in a display shop and is in good shape aesthetically. I would be using this for planing lots of cherry I have in by basement, but am thinking maybe waiting for another smaller, more portable, planer to come up in that price range.

So just curious of a couple things…
  1. Am I insane not to jump on this deal despite the extra hassels/costs, i.e., moving by myself down stairs, new circuit, blades and maybe belts?
  2. Is the performance of this 20ish year old planer superior to new more portable planers? (assume my budget is no more than $300 for a newer benchtop planer used or reconditioned.)
  3. Any tips on moving something this heavy down a small flight of stairs?
  4. Has anyone noted wear and tear on any particular parts on this machine which may be hard to come by?

Again complete newbie here, so please respond with mercy if I sound completely clueless.
Thanks!

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Chris208

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#6 posted 08-16-2016 02:19 AM

Go get it. It’s an amazing planer. It’s powerful
Enough to plane a lunchbox planer.

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Fred Hargis

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#7 posted 08-16-2016 11:23 AM

They are built quite well, and the 20 year old age is a drop in the bucket of the life of these things. I have the 15” model, and have moved it a few times, but never down stairs. I think I would take the motor off (not a bad job at all) and then put 2×4’s though the unit and clamp the head down on them. It then becomes a 2 man job to carry it litter-style down the stairs. To the OP, you got a whale of a deal, congrats!

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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CherryO

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#8 posted 08-17-2016 12:31 AM

thanks to both of you guys for your feedback, very helpful. Unfortunately, I hesitated as I was researching and looks like it went to someone else. :( Wish I knew about the 2X4 trick before, would have nudged me to pulling the trigger sooner. Live and learn.

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Fred Hargis

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#9 posted 08-17-2016 11:04 AM

I seem to remember the 2×4 trick was actually described in the manual, but my memory can play tricks on me at times. Too bad, one of those “snooze, you loose” moments.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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CherryO

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#10 posted 09-02-2016 12:57 AM

I saw an identical planer on CL for $850, shoot me.

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#11 posted 09-02-2016 01:18 PM

Does anyone know if the Northwoods version is the same thing?

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Fred Hargis

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#12 posted 09-02-2016 02:16 PM

The Northwood I’ve looked at was not, it had the motor mounted in the cabinet under the planer….which is a more common arrangement. That said, it looked to me like it was every bit as robust and well made as any other Taiwanese planer.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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Loren

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#13 posted 09-02-2016 02:27 PM

Whatever patents Invicta had were not enough to prevent
15” and 16” Taiwan copies. They are all basically similar
with good dust collection, usually with the motor on
top. Like a portable planer the head travels and this
makes setting up outfeed support easier than with
a planer with a moving bed.

I have a 15” Taiwan copy. It makes a nice board but
it’s not half as muscular as my 3hp Belsaw was.

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RogerM

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#14 posted 09-02-2016 02:30 PM

I have a newer version of this planer, a DC 380, which are built to an older tried and true design. These are excellent planers and give excellent results. Hope you are as pleased with yours as I am with mine. By the way, Jet and Grizzly make similar planers and many of their parts are compatable with the Delta planer.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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