Delta 12" Portable Planer 22-540
(11 Epinions reviews)
Epinions Product Rating:
Needs a Depth adjustment Locking Mechanism
May 26, 2000 (Updated Jan 24, 2002)
Review by shieber
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Cheaper than the 12 1/2" planers available
Cons:Doesn't maintain cutting depth; doesn't stay put when cutting
The Bottom Line: A poor design made obsolete by newer, much improved designs from this manufcturer and others.
-- I have a number of Delta tools and I swear by them for quality, performance and durability. But the Delta 12" Portable Planer 22-540 is an exception. I used this tool only once and will never use it again. It roamed around during use and the dust chute, which is a flimsy piece of sheetmetal work, doesn't like to stay on the machine. But don't try to use the machine without a dust chute, planers make a lot of waste quickly and you need to direct it out of the work area -- into a vacuum hose is a good idea.
Recommend this product?
But the really big problem is that cutting depth adjustment would wander as a board was fed through. If a planer doesn't cut true and even, it's useless as a planer. Delta's 12 1/2" planer has a lock mechanism that prevents the cutting head from moving out of position once it is set. The 12" planer doesn't have this mechanism, but sorely needs it.
The newer designs from Delta, Dewalt, etc., are vastly improved over this older design. It's worth the extra cost for the planers with better cutterhead travel mechanisms and with cutterhead locking mechanisms.
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