Have an old delta 12" planer (all steel no plastic). Couldnt even begin
to tally how much lumber has been run throught his planer, it has worked
its buns off. Anyway, several months ago the planer began to have
trouble feeding material through. This could be 8/4, 4/4, wide, or
narrow stock, dry or green. The feed rolls were seeming to just skid. I
always keep the table waxed up but it would still require shoving, then
pulling, each board through. This has gotten worse and worse to where
each board would have to be almost entirely hand fed.
We tried cleaning the feed rolls several times, thin-x, acetone, etc.
They never seemed that dirty/gummed up. Finally I figured with the
thousands of feet that have probably gone through the planer that the
feed rolls must be shot/dried out/something? So I ordered a new set of
feed rolls ($110.00US). Installed them, exactly the same behavior.
Infact, the other day I tried to plane some 1' long pieces of 2x6 (KD
Spruce framing) and it wouldnt even pull them through.
What gives? Any input appreciated. Prior to buying the feed rolls I was
thinking of just buying a new planer thinking this one had paid for
itself over and over however I am always resisting becoming a part of
this disposable american society, plus I really like the fact that the
machine is solid metal rather than 80% plastic. Now that I have bought
the feed rolls I really want to keep the planer.
Thanks, from the guy who has changed the switch in his skill saws, and
other tools, several times rather than buying new ones,