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I have a dumb question:
What is the purpose of the foam covered roller on the top of the planer?
I have a Delta planer, and there is a roller on the top.
Any idea what that is for, or if it a replacement for the rollers inside the machine?
 

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External roller

They are normally there for your assistant on the outfeed side to send the board back to you on the infeed side. Keeps from creating dents on the board by dropping it down onto a screw head or other nonyielding surface.

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Ahhhh, I see.
Thank you very much.

I might have known that if I actually HAD an assistant. LOL. :laughing:
 

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Speaking of the outfeed roller, is there any adjustment that can be made to the outfeed roller on a Delta 12 inch workshop planer? I find that on mine the board will sometimes stall . This mostly happens with the wider boards. It is easy enough to push/pull the boards through, but I was curious if this is common to planers, or just the small Delta planers.

On another note, has any one seen a good dust/chip collector for small planers? I have a four inch one horsepower collector, but would like to come up with a good hood for the planer.

Gerry
 

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Planer adjustment

I do not believe there are any independant adjustments on the portable planers. Your problem may be in too big of a cut for the machine. Also, if it is more prevalent when you first start surfacing, it may be due to the reduced amount of flat surface that the rolloers come in contact with. Make sure that the exhaust port is not filling up with chips.

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Yeah I have seen this. I'm pretty sure that anything I would do with it would include flames. And the price..........is that for real.

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I find that on mine the board will sometimes stall . This mostly happens with the wider boards. It is easy enough to push/pull the boards through, but I was curious if this is common to planers, or just the small Delta planers.
I find it necessary to apply a little sealer to the bed on occasion. The "Top-Cote" brand spray works well but I found a cheaper alternative, it is called "Dri-Film" and available at my local ACE Hardware. You just spray it on the bed when you feel sticking and keep working, no need to wipe off like Top-Cote and 1/3 the cost. Once in a while drop the bed all the way and clean with lacquer thinner to remove any wood resins and apply sealant. Also dull knives will resist feeding as well, but to a lesser degree. FWIW, Rod.
 
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