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120 Re: DANGER unpacking Delta 12" Planer




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120 Re: DANGER unpacking Delta 12" Planer

From: flato@icefloe.dartmouth.edu (Gregory M Flato)
Keywords: rattle rattle rattle
Date: 29 Jan 92 16:59:58 GMT

jcw@ksr.com (Jay Wilkinson) writes:

>DANGER ** DANGER ** DANGER ** DANGER ** DANGER ** DANGER ** DANGER **
>DANGER ** DANGER ** DANGER ** DANGER ** DANGER ** DANGER ** DANGER **

>The planer is shipped with a plastic guard over the v-belt, it's kind
>o' a purple plastic piece on the right side of the planer head. Just
>grab and it should pull off. The instruction make no mention of it,
>but when I bought mine I noticed that this 'belt guard' had not been
>on the store models I saw. I started mine up and immediately the
>plastic smoked! I just pulled it off and it's run fine since.

I also recently purchased the delta 12" portable planer and it has worked
great right out of the box (I like it a lot so far - the end snipe is
a bit bothersome but as others have mentioned it can be reduced/eliminated
with a little lift on the piece as it enters the machine). Mine has the
little purple belt guard Jay mentioned and I believe it is supposed to be
there (ie. it is NOT just for shipping). It is a bit flaky as guards go
but if properly installed it does not rub against the belt. Jay, yours
may have been bumped out of place during shipping/unpacking. I will admit
that it probably doesn't serve much of a purpose but I don't think it
is a good idea to remove factory-installed guards unless they are really
in the way.

On the subject of end snipe, this seems to be a chronic problem with these
portable machines. My father has the Makita 12" planer and it has the same
problem - this was one of the reasons I bought the Delta. It appeared to
me that on the Makita the problem was that the bed was supported only by
two screws allowing the bed to tilt and causing the end snipe. The Delta
has its bed fixed and the head moves up and down on four steel columns (a
much better design I thought). I don't know what is causing the end snipe
in this machine, everything seems very rigid. As I mentioned above, lifting
the end of the board helps a lot but if anyone comes up with an adjustment
or something that eliminates the problem I would be happy to hear about
it. Otherwise, the planer gives VERY smooth surfaces, particularly if you
make the last pass a very light one (say < 1/64") and I think it is good
value for the money. I makes it possible for someone like me to own a
thickness planer (and hence make furniture etc. using solid, rough sawn
lumber) without having to shell out the big bucks for a machine like the
Delta 13" (the expense of which I could not justify for the amount of
use it would get).




 

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