This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 3, by multiple authors.
From: br+@CS.CMU.EDU (Bill Ross)
Date: Thu, 12 Sep 91 11:39:18 GMT
Since I recently posted a summary of my thickness planer findings,
I thought I would tell you folks about how it turned out.
I ended up ordering the Delta 12" from Tools on Sale. The price was
$389 and it showed up 8 days after I placed my order. No real
problems except that the cosmolene that was supposed to protect the
blades had melted/liquified and left sticky black oily stuff all
After a good cleaning I ran a bunch of pine scrap through it until
I thought it had spun all the residue off the cutter head. Then I ran
several 6"*3" pieces of oak through it. The oak went smoothly with
no bogging down even on deeper cuts. As some people have mentioned
previously, the Delta does seem to snipe a little more than some
other planers if you take deep cuts. The sniping was more noticable
in the soft wood than in the oak though.
Nice things: The height gauge seems to be of usable accuracy. The
infeed and outfeed tables are nice and big and support the wood well.
The machine is less noisy than typical small planers. It seems to
have plenty of power.
Biggest problem so far: The infeed and outfeed tables don't attach
to the planer very securely and are a little flimsy. I would like to
mount the planer on a couple of oak rails to make it more stable to
use but I will have to rig up some sort of support for the infeed and