There is an ad in the paper for a 13" cast iron delta planer.
I guess that is from before my time, as I haven't seen anything like that.
Assuming it is in good condition, is it superior to a lunchbox planer? My
12" Makita works okay, but it just feels so tinny; would this Delta be an
upgrade? I don't have room or budget for a 15".
Try a search for "Rockwell RC-33" or "Delta RC-33" I have one and it
is a beast. It weighs around 400 pounds and has a 2hp Baldor Motor.
It is very similar to the current Delta 15" planer (except it is 2"
Mine works great.
Closer to 170, as memory serves, but mine came in held by the handles by two
reasonably sized people with little trouble. It is a bargain if in good
condition. Has bed rollers, all the adjustments, no "friable" white rubber
roller like the Makita, and does as fine a job if comparison between mine
and my neighbor's Makita with freshly sharpened - by me, BTW , blades.
Assuming your Makita is of some vintage?
As others have mentioned, it'll work for hours without a problem with that
induction motor, and it's a lot easier on the ears than a screamer. I'd
FIND the money.
It is superior in some ways. The lunchbox planers will
produce a "slightly" finer cut but the price of that is
a LOT of screaming.
The 13" was designed for continuous operation and is
gonna be around long after the lunchbox has gone to
to tool heaven.
I've had mine for about 20 years and I've run a lot of lumber through
it. We ran it continously for about 4 hours one day, and althought the
motor got hot, it has run another ten years. I wish I had the 15 inch
model, but I can't justify taking the hit just to gain the extra width.
Mine had a recal once to replace a lever for the gear box, and except
for knife replacements, there has never been anything gone wrong with
mine. Not a bad deal for $250.00!
I ran mine for lots of years without dust collection.
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