I have always recognized this as a potential hazard before as well. I
thought about this some more while I was in the shop yesterday after
reading this. So I cut a piece of melamine, grabbed the drill and
mounted the melamine between the planer and the outfeed roller. No more
worrying about trapped fingers.
If your planer table were constant height, your melamine-topped off-riding
helper could be a table in its own right. Don't need any rollers on the
infeed side, because you're already standing there.
Put a bit of up-tilt on the far end of the table to prevent snipe should you
forget to tighten the head. Helps Polacks like me if someone puts a feed
direction arrow in there somewhere, too.
LOL.... Have you actually tried to feed in the wrong direction? I often
find myself raising the cutter head instead of lowering after a pass. I
really hate waiting on the board to go through with anything wood being
No, but I have put the high end of the catch table toward the planer, which
caused the end of the board to begin pushing it across the floor. The end
close to the planer wants to be the same height, sloping up maybe an eighth
every foot and a half to prevent snipe.
Well I would say it's kinda like a left tilt vs right tilt. There ARE
differences but it has to do with the user. That's just my 2 cents. I
have used both, but I own a 3hp with the motor in the cabinet. With the
motor on top you have to work around it to change the knives. It is not
in the way as to be removed to change them, it's just something you have
to fumble around. With the table that moves you really cant setup
outfeed rollers from stands without adjusting them after every depth change.
I was looking at that and agree with the motor being in the mix but as you
pointed out it may not be a serious problem. And right now I walk each
board around rather than roll them over the top so that would not be any
addition problem. Actually I seldom do 1 board and stack them all up, make
a depth adjustment and run them all through again.
The DC-380(22-780X) is a very nice planer. Built like a tank
and can handle any big load. The blades are a pain in the ass to
install but not bad.
I have had mine for about three years now
and just changed out the blades.
The only "disadvantage" to the motor on top is that on the
lunch box planer I had(12.5" Delta), it had a little roller
on top that helped out a LOT in moving the lumber back and
forth from outfeed to infeed, while the damn big 15" does not
have that fancy little roller.
That's not a show stopper and I would easily purchase the Delta
again. The infeed and outfeed rollers are wonderful.
I forgot to add....get the mobile base at all costs...this is
a very heavy sucker and requires a mobile base. I think that
the current package throws in the base but if not, pay the $100
and get it anyway.
Have a few friends over for the unloading....
Pat Barber wrote:
I have a Powermatic 15"...
Motor below, in and out-feed rollers that catch an unwary finger... 2
rollers on top that I use a lot!
The in and out feed "tables" do get used as handles on occasion, but hasn't
seemed to present a problem.
Blades are easily accessible for honing and replacement. The machine comes
with a roller (caster) at each corner so a mobile base is not needed.
as usual, YMMV
I have the Powermatic 15" with spiral head cutter, cast iron in/out
feeds and like it very much. The Jet looks very similar. I couldn't
tell what sort of dust collector port the Delta has. I seem to recall
someone having size problems with the Delta collector adaptor
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