I promised my wife I would build a teak blanket chest, and while I really
hoped not to have to buy a planer, the only teak I can find is rough. Oh
Anyhow, my real problem is space. I have no room for stationary tools, and
even putting them on wheels won't work; I pretty much have to use light
benchtop stuff I can rotate from shelves to a stand in the middle of my
"shop". So I am looking for a light planer I can attach to a dust
Everyone seems to have the Delta TP400SL on sale now for $299, with a stand.
(Are there any others I should be looking at? I expect the better ones are
also prohibatively heavy; the Delta 22-580 is 30 pounds more.
I have the 22-580 and have to give it a "good" rating for a portable. Snipe
is a problem due to the stamped metal infeed and outfeed tables but proper
support with roller stands can eliminate most of that. I will admit that I
have come pretty close to "abusing" it over the past two years but it still
keeps going strong.
Space is a problem for me also but the unit fits perfectly on top of a
Craftsman mechanic's tool cabinet where I leave it. I simply wheel the
entire cabinet around where ever I need it, then back against the wall when
I'm done (remember to close the tool drawers before planing...don't ask how
I know that).
A friend of mine bought the Dewalt 12" and it seems to have sturdier feed
tables. Other than that I can't attest to that model over the Delta.
Where are you located? I'm in NE FL and am disposing of a 22-540 with
a shop built roll around stand and extension tables (got a DC-380).
Let me know if this is something you could be interested in. I don't
want to ship it, however.
Master Woodbutcher and seasoned termite
Shamelessly whoring my website since 1999
Teak is very hard on your blades. Lots of silica in the wood... I asked
an acquaintance to plane some teak for me, before I had my own planer. He
just about took my head off and told me that was what my hand planes were
for. I planed the teak with my hand plane and quite enjoyed the
experience. And I didn't have to replace the blade(s) when finished. :>)
| I promised my wife I would build a teak blanket chest, and while I really
| hoped not to have to buy a planer, the only teak I can find is rough. Oh
| Anyhow, my real problem is space. I have no room for stationary tools,
| even putting them on wheels won't work; I pretty much have to use light
| benchtop stuff I can rotate from shelves to a stand in the middle of my
| "shop". So I am looking for a light planer I can attach to a dust
| Everyone seems to have the Delta TP400SL on sale now for $299, with a
| (Are there any others I should be looking at? I expect the better ones
| also prohibatively heavy; the Delta 22-580 is 30 pounds more.
If you can find one of the Home Depot Ridgid TP1300(?) planers they were
closing out, I think you might be pretty satisfied. I bought one 18 months
ago, and have been using it a lot. Mostly red oak, some rough sawn, but
some soft maple, a lot of walnut, and rough, air-dried cherry as well. Oh,
and some 'lesser known' species of Central American woods I got from
EarthSource in Oakland, CA. Some of them used where ipe is often
I put my second set of blades in the machine this week. Less than $20,
IIRC. I built a sled of melamine-coated particle board, because some of
what I do is thinner, and somewhat shorter than optimal. Very little
I thought it well worth the $400 with the stand. If you can find one now,
you'll pay maybe $300. One healthy fellow can lift it, if that's how your
shop sets up best. My neighbor welded up a mobile base for mine.
It's nice to have good neighbors.
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