Delta 12" Portable Planer 22-540 Reviews

Delta 12" Portable Planer 22-540

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  • Needs a Depth adjustment Locking Mechanism

    May 26, 2000 by
    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

    Summary: -- 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 ... read more

  • I can see using this one for years to come

    May 5, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very simple operation, good cut quality
    Cons: No cutterhead lock, snipes like crazy

    Summary: I was shopping for a planer and was considering some very expensive models. But, since I was only going to need it for a few projects, I went with the 'entry level' Delta. When I unpacked the unit, it looked very solid and straightforward. A simple ... read more

  • Definitions...

    Nov 14, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Superb support. Small enough to be stored out of the way. Recycle old wood.
    Cons: Limited power. Heavy to move. Noisy operation, even at "idle."

    Summary: Joy: Receiving a 80 lb birthday present and finding it is a new planer. Depression: Using it for the first time (after the warranty ran out) and finding it has a bad bearing. That was my case. After 4 years, I finally had a project to use the "new" ... read more

  • A Winner by Delta

    Dec 22, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Reasonable price, great results.
    Cons: Heavy to lug around

    Summary: I bought my planer several years ago after seeing "Norm" use the same model on the New Yankee Workshop. I have lost track of how many board feet of rough lumber I have put through it, but it has seen lots of use. The double edged ... read more

  • A workhorse, but flawed

    Aug 10, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Price
    Cons: Not for wide boards

    Summary: I bought this tool in 1996. Since then, I've probably run over a thousand board feet of lumber thru it, much of it being oak and cherry. I'm continually amazed that it doesn't just blow up considering how hard I use it. I purchase a lot of ... read more

  • Cheap workhorse

    Jun 18, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Cost and portability
    Cons: limititations

    Summary: I bought my Delta model # 22-560 portable planer when it first came out,several years ago. They have since improved it with the model 22-560,with its depth lock. You can not find a cheaper unit than this one,the 22-560 costs $100 more. You have to ... read more

  • The 540 is a sniper!

    Jun 2, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Low cost.
    Cons: Sniping results are terrible.

    Summary: I've used the 540 for about two years while restoring antiques and building repros of antiques. Mostly have planed cherry and oak, many hundreds of board feet. In general, I've considered life with this machine a struggle and will likely replace it ... read more

  • Planning was never easier

    Dec 26, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: ease of setup and use
    Cons: a little heavy

    Summary: I bought my Delta 12" portable planer 2 years ago when I purchased the wood to build a deck in my back yard. I figured that I would have a nice smooth surface to walk on if I planed one surface. My wife said "why not just sand it after it was ... read more

  • Express Customer Reviews

  • Weak feed mechanism

    Dec 25, 2012 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: Board finish quality is generally pretty good.
    Cons: There was higher than average snipe, and the feed mechanism is weak.

    Summary: The feed mechanism has always slipped; from the beginning I needed to push the boards through to get them to move.  Now, after using it only occasionally since it was new, I found it was making horrible noises.  When I disassembled it I found ... read more

  • Delta 22-540 12" portable planer

    Jan 19, 2005 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: Usable for cutting soft pine, cherry, ash, poplar as long as board width less 6"
    Cons: Unusable with any wood having a specific gravity greater than 0.6 (marginal) No factory response.

    Summary: I have used my 22-540 for many years with reasonable success (other than an unavoidable 4" snipe if you can live with that). However, try any board wider than 6" and the motor bogs down, the gears freeze and expensive repairs are on the horizon. Also ... read more

  • I like mine

    Dec 4, 2003 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Cheap, Light, easy maintenance.
    Cons: Dust chute is flimsy, but it works.

    Summary: I beat the heck out of mine planing everything from poplar and pine to Oak and Maple. It isn't packed with all the features of the expensive ones, but it makes nice cuts and, if fed right, has minimal snipe. Most of the features on expensive ones ... read more

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