DELTA 22-540 12-Inch Portable Planer

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Sold as one unit. (1 unit = each.) 15 amps, 120V. 8,000 RPM/16,000 CPM. 12-1/8" x 26" table w/ extensions. Patented cutter head adjustment system raises and lowers on four large, precision ground columns. Easy to read English/metric scale for making fast depth of cut settings. Board thickness: 6" max, 3/16" min. Width: 12-1/2". Depth of cut: 3/16" max. Length of stock: 12" min. Feed rate: 26.2 ft/min. 2 double edged reversible, quick change knives. Adjustable infeed/outfeed tables and low friction, stainless steel base provide a large smooth surface for moving stock through planer. Stock roller allows for stock to be passed over the planer. Replacement blade SKU # 2053049. UL listed. Boxed. Manufacturer number: TP305. SKU #: 2005130. Country of origin: China. Distributed by Porter-Cable/Delta.

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 "Replacing the cutter head bearings" 2006-06-05
By Stephen King (Thaxton, VA United States)
I recently purchased a Delta 22-540 knowing that it had been damaged. The main casting holding the cutter head was broken on one side where the adjustment screw goes through. How I repaired that does not matter since I am writing this to show how to remove the bearings.

After the unit is stripped down you will have the casting that holds the cutter head and bearings, the four holes for the guide bars and the nuts for the adjusting screws. Remove the three cap screws holding the bearing retainer on the pulley end of the cutter head. Block the casting in a vertical position, (I used a low work table) with the pulley end down. You need enough clearance for the cutter bar to move about one inch. A couple of short two by fours worked for me. Set the 2 X 4s on edge as close to the pulley as possible. This gives good support. Use a section of 1 ½ inch pipe, or a large socket if you have one to drive the bearing out. The pipe or socket should rest on the outer race of the bearing but should not bind on the casting. It is fairly easy then to drive the bearing, along with the entire cutter head out of the casting.

Alternately you can use a brass drift pin with at least a ¼ inch face to drive the bearing out. Use firm blows but avoid really hammering on it. Tap the bearing once or twice then shift a third of the way around the bearing, tap again and shift another third of the way around. Continue this until the assembly drops free. You should be able to "feel" the bearing shift but don't try shifting it too far all at once.

Once free of the casting a standard wheel puller can be used to remove the bearing, either one or both. Of course, the pulley has to be removed if that bearing is the one to be replaced,

Don't have a press to reinstall the bearings. I didn't need to change the bearings but to reinstall the cutter head and bearing in the main casting I put a small amount of wheel bearing grease on the outer race of the bearing and inside the housing for the bearing in the main casting. Then I placed the cutter head in the freezer and while it was chilling down I put the main casting in the oven. With the oven at 400 deg for about 20 minutes and after the cutter head had chilled for 45 minutes, (I didn't want to take chances) I was able to slip the assembly together using a rubber mallet. Plan the hot and cold parts. Have plenty of rags, gloves ect. handy and it wouldn't hurt to have a helper to steady the casting.

This method works for all sorts of bearing instillation. I have been using it for years and even put a ring gear on a flywheel for a friend using this procedure. Just take your time and plan the , what I call hot and cold work, so there is no loss of time. No big deal if you don't get it all the way the first time. Drive it back out and do it over. Give it a try, I think you will be pleased.

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 "Delta 22-540 12" Portable Planer" 2004-02-25
By Thomas J A (St Marys, PA United States)
I have owned my 540 for about 2 years and have run at least 2000bd ft through it. The unit has seen oak, cherry, maple, pine The planer performed well on all. The steel knives do dull fairly quick, but are reasonable to change if your careful. Snipe is a problem with the short outfeed tables but can be minimized using caution. This is not a high production machine and requires extra care, but at [asignificantly lower price] than its DeWalt counterpart, I feel it is an ideal addition to any personal woodworking shop.

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 "Good but..." 2002-09-10
By N. E Smith (Mandeville, LA United States)
I have been using my 22-540 as a serious amateur cabinet and furniture maker for about seven years. I would hesitate to guess how many feet of wood have passed through the planer but it is a lot.

The Delta 22-540 performed well over the years but a few weeks ago a project came to a sudden stop when the bearings on the cutter head overheated and seized. I found that replacements are available but after a near total disassembly, I found that I could not remove the bearings from the main frame casting. Quite a disappointment.

So now I must choose a replacement. The winner is the DeWalt DW 733 even at the additional ($$$)cost over a replacement 22-540.

The Delta 22-540 does have a nasty habit of setting creep, I control this by blocking the handle or simply holding it with one hand while the lumber is running. I trust the four-post clamp of the new models will cure this problem. I didn't stay with Delta and their 13" 22-580K because of the lock handle design and the useless two-speed feature. Thank you to all of you who wrote reviews on the various planers. And, thank you to Amazon for publishing them. The final decision was easy to make when comparing the DeWalt and the Delta side by side in our local Home Center.Will the DW 733 live up to my expectations? I will let you know in about seven years.

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 "An excellent Delta value" 2001-01-18
By Darrin G Black (Columbus Ms USA)
I have owned my 540 for about 3years and have run at least 1000bd ft through it. Although mostly cedar, the unit has seen oak, hickory, osage orange, and some kind of black african wood that was hard as steel. The planer performed well on all. The steel knives do dull fairly quick, but are reasonable to change if your careful. I contacted Delta about a year ago and they did offer carbide double edge knives, but [at a muchhigher price], I'll get by with the steel ones. Snipe is a problem with the short outfeed tables but can be minimized using caution. Some of the other reviews appear somewhat harsh, and are not entirely unfounded. This is not a high production machine and probably requires extra care, but at [asignificantly lower price] than its DeWalt counterpart, I feel it is an ideal addition to any personal woodworking shop.

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 "Save your money for another model" 2000-12-18
I have had this planer for a year and it has worked OK. Snipe is a problem but can be corrected by shimming the in/out tables. One HUGE problem though, when I tried to change the knives for the first time, the little hex screws that release the knives round off. This happens even if you use a real wrench instead of the cheezey one they provide. And when the wrench slips, your knuckles go right into the blade. Once any of the 14 screws rounds off, that knife cannot be removed. And since the screws are buried in the cutting head you can't get any other kind of tool in help release the rounded screw. Along with most other models, the 12-1/2" Delta model has a MUCH better design. Now I have to take mine in and have it repaired so I would have been money ahead by buying a better model.

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DELTA TP400LS Shopmaster 15 Amp 12-1/2-Inch Benchtop Planer with Stand

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Delta has done it again. The TP400LS 12-1/2-inch planer is a solid addition to the company's already stellar lineup of planing tools, and it is ideally suited for the home woodworking enthusiast looking for a good planer at an affordable price. Like other Delta planers, this Shopmaster model is designed to provide smooth results, superior snipe control (thanks to the four-post cutterhead support system and headlock), and fast, safe, and accurate blade changes. Powered by a 15 amp, 120-volt single-phase motor, the planer generates an operating speed of 8,000 rpm. As materials pass into the unit, two double-sided, reversible knives deliver a blazing 51 cpi to smooth rough surfaces and provide an attractive finished result. The double-sided steel knives come factory-indexed and fit directly on machined posts in the cutterhead, so there's no fiddling with knife-setting fixtures or tricky gauges. Plus, a magnetized blade-removing tool makes it a snap to get the blades out. Delta has also extended the infeed and outfeed tables on this unit to 28-1/2 inches to better support stock and included a sturdy stand to give you the option of making this a freestanding unit. --Carl Thress

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 "Great planer for the weekend woodworker" 2007-06-13
By M. Gratton (Vermont)
After some consideration, I bought this planer last summer. It was on sale through Amazon at the time for about $275 delivered. Since that also included a spare set of knives, it was a hard deal to beat. I've put pine, basswood and maple through it with no complaints. You're going to want to get the dust chute which is sold seperately though. Otherwise you'll be spewing chips ALL over your workshop!

I find that snipe is minimal, I'm sure that's due to the cutterhead lock which is a great feature available on many planers these days.

Setup was simple with the only thing that needed to be done was assemble the stand and bolt the planer to it.

All in all I think this is a great planer for the weekend woodworker who won't be sending 100's of boardfeet a day through it.

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 "Great for Price" 2007-03-13
By J. Yogus
I picked this planer up for about $270 with free shipping. For the price and low to moderate usage, it can't be beat. Relatively little snipe. I have had trouble on occassion with feeding, but it has only been on very thing starting pieces (1/4" inch). Thicker lumber hasn't been a problem at all. If you looking for an industrial, stationary planer, this isn't it. If you're looking to plane a few board feet every time you do a project, wait for a sale and jump on it.

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 "Don't Buy This Product!" 2007-02-23
By John Watt (Sidney, B.C. Canada)
Do not buy the Delta TP400LS 12 1/2" thickness planer.

If only it would feed. If it would feed, it would be a great product. My TP400LS worked well for about four months (low useage, about 50 to 100 lineal ft of board) then suddenly stopped feeding. Having now read other reviews (obviously too late to do me any good) I see that it is a serious problem, one that Delta does not appear to be willing to address. I would not recommend buying this product.

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 "Tools for Fools" 2006-06-29
By D. Hobson (Oregon City Oregon)
Hi Guys,

I just spent a good long time researching a tool purchase. I was looking for a small planer and there are some really cool looking tools out there. I even purchased a planer, a delta 400, and ran through a set of blades testing it.

What I found out is that any planer that relies on a set of disposable blades is going to put a big hole in my budget if I actually intend to use it. And almost every small planer on the market these days has gone to disposable blades.

A disposable item is something that can be thrown away without having to pay much heed to the cost. If disposable planer blades sold for a dollar a piece, one could regard this as a fairly good deal. But the sets sell for $30-50 dollars!! And this just isn't good economy for cheap high speed steel construction that chips and dulls so easily in this application. And if the truth be told about it, they do cost only a few pennies to make, and package, and ship all the way from China.

When something is as public domain as a knife, and the complexity of manufacture less than that of a happy meal toy, and it can be turned out on a machine by the thousands per hour, there is something very wrong with charging $30-$40 dollars for it. And calling it disposable is just plane ridiculouse.

There are two big common threads in all of the reviews for small planers and they are: The blades go dull too fast, and the planer doesn't feed the wood like it should. Well this is really the same problem because when the blades go dull, the cutter head starts giving more resistance to the rollers and the boards stop feeding properly.

The way I want to use my planer, I could easily go through a couple of sets of blades a day.

So this unit is a definite pass. They have got so many reasons that a board can dull a blade they never get pinned down to making a blade that's tough enough for the job. I took my Delta back to the retailer and he graciously returned it to his vendor for reasons of customer satisfaction.

As it turns out, I'll be buying a planer with resharpenable blades (that cost less than disposable blades by the way), and a rather robust and expensive blade sharpening machine, ALL for less than the price of one of these glitzy little name brand jobs.

They didn't have a no star rating, but this one deserves it. All of the disposable blade units do. It's just plane stupid to buy a planer that uses these "disposable" blades. And it's a very simple fix for the industry to make this technology more viable. Simply ship the planers with a dozen sets of blades and offer free knife replacement for the life of the unit. Thirty dollars a dozen would be more in line with the performance of these disposable blades.

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 "Very loud" 2006-02-20
By Bobby Stanley (Houston, TX)
I have had this planer for two years. It is very easy to change the blades and they are two sided and can flip them around when one side dulls. It works great. I wished I had the money to buy a 15" model with an induction motor. This tool is very loud and does get hot to the touch. It does a great job and snipe is minimal. It comes with an infeed and outfeed table. This is extra on the Dewalt model. I highly recommend getting the 4" dust chute. I wished the chip/dust chute was angled to the side. This would help tremendously with guiding my 4" dust hose away from the exiting stock.

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Hitachi P12RA 12-9/32-Inch Planer and 6-1/8-Inch Jointer

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- Powerful 15 Amp motor with 20,800 cuts per minute
- 26 ft./min. automatic feed rate
- 12-9/32-Inch max cutting width
- 10,400 rpm
- Hitachi exclusive 5-year warranty
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 "Carbide Blades" 2006-04-07
By John L. Poole (Belmont, CA)
The blades for the P12RA are what in trade referred to as "specialized" blades because they have custom slots and holes. Consequently, you are tied into the manufacturer for blades.

Despite reports to the contrary and the failure of these blades to appear in the documentation as parts or accessories, Hitachi does offer carbide blades for P12RA planer and the jointer. The Hitachi part numbers are: planer - 200001 and jointer - 401000. I just ordered both sets from an authorized Hitachi parts supplier, be ready for sticker shock, the MFG list price for the blades are $448.71 for the planer and $224.35 for the jointer as of April 7, 2006. The vendor I purchased from discounted my price to 80% of the list price.

The toll free number to Hitachi Power Tools Customer Service is 800-706-7337.

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By Marion L. Mabe (Sellersburg, Indiana United States)
I've had my Hitachi P12RA planer for 8 years and couldn't be happier. Originally, I wanted to buy their F1000A cast iron planer/jointer but discovered Hitachi no longer exports it to the USA. Since the F1000A is SOOOOOOOOOOOO remarkable, I took the chance on this "little brother" and was very pleased- with the planer.

The quality of cut is outstanding, and boards come out dead accurate. In fact, I go to this planer over my 2 year old Jet 15" stationary planer almost every time. The Jet is a workhorse so that should tell ya something! Setup is simple. The knives are really beefy and all the other parts (castings, chains, bearings, adjusting screws) are heavy and well made. I get "slick-as-glass" results even on ebony. Since most of the components are aluminum alloy or stainless steel, I don't even have to fight rust.

Though the jointer is powerful and gives a fantastic finish to the wood, it's just too simplistic. There isn't a way to align the infeed and outfeed tables, which makes getting a flat board almost impossible. They are fixed except to adjust the depth of cut. In fact, holding a straight edge to the length of the jointer bed reveals both tables angle away from the cutterhead. Since I make guitars, this sort of thing drives me bananas. I actually sent the jointer portion back to the dealer for a partial refund.

My advice is to buy the planer portion only. Spent the money for the dust hood too. It's well put together and very effective. This planer has been featured in several books and magazine articles over the years, and for a good reason. You will be amazed with the results!

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 "hitachi planer" 2002-09-30
By Orlan Jackson (NoDak)
The jointer bed is too small for this to be the perfect machine. The planer is excellent, but the total length of the infeed and outfeed bed is very short and makes it difficult to accurately joint long pieces of wood. The first thing that I did after buying this was to buy a 71" powermatic jointer. It is not the most economical way to go.

The exhaust tends to get plugged in both the planer and the jointer with wood chips.

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 "Increase the quality of your work" 2000-11-27
By Toolpig (Troy , KS)
This machine is pure joy. I bought one to replace my Delta which was an O.K. tool. It doesn't hold a candle to this beauty though. No portable even comes close. In fact , most stationary units wish they could perform this nicely. I've never used a planer or a jointer that produces smoother finishes than this machine. Usually in a combo unit you lose to compromises. Not so here . It has plenty of power to do anything you want to. It runs quieter than some of the other portables I've used. The one piece table is something others should copy in their designs.Since the cutter head is stationary ,it doesn't need a lock. Snipe is almost nonexistent. It makes for some of the smoothest surfaces I have ever produced. Even highly figured hardwoods are no problem if you keep your blades sharp.The height adjustment is the smoothest on the market. Many high end woodworking tools come from Japan and this is no exception. If you are willing to pay the little bit more that this tool commands you will be rewarded by years of precision cutting you won't find anywhere else.

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 "A Workshop Wonder" 2000-06-26
By John E. Turner (Madison WV)
I bought the P12R Hitachi Planer in 1994. Without a doubt it is the best planer for the money on the market. I looked at several different models before deciding on the P12R. Besides just looking better than the rest, it has a feature not found on many other planers. The cutterhead remains stationary while the stainless steel planer bed moves up and down on four columns. I think this makes for a much smoother cut, virtually snipe free. I use mine on a regular basis, and after 6 years, have never changed blades. I've never even sharpened the original ones and it still makes exceptional cuts. It does cost a little more than the others, but believe me, it's well worth it.

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Makita KP312 15 Amp 12-1/4-Inch Hand Held Planer

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This large portable planer is designed specifically for timber framers and log home builders. Powerful 15 Amp motor delivers 12,000 RPM (24,000 cuts per minute), producing an even cut every time. Nonslip V-drive belt efficiently transfers power to the blades for consistent results. Cutting Width (in.): 12 1/4, Cutting Depth (in.): 1/8, Cuts Per Minute (CPM): 24,000, Rated RPM: 12,000, Amps: 15, Tool Length (in.): 21 3/4

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- Powerful 15 amp motor with 12,000 RPM for the most demanding jobs.
- Front roller for easy moving of planer over rough materials.
- Large ejection chute provides high rate of chip discharge and helps prevent clogging from wet or dry wood chips.
- Large, conveniently located depth setting knob for easy adjustment.
- Equipped with built-in edge guides as well as a special "foot" located at the rear of base to protect planer blades.
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Customer Buzz
 "Another Amazon Failure" 2007-02-07
By Randall R. Anderson (Napa, Ca USA)
I've recently talked to a seller on Ebay who had high praises for this planer. The only knock I've heard is the blades can't be sharpened. That's why I'm giving it four stars. I ordered mine four months ago and have been notified by Amazon that it will be another month before delivery. In fairness to Amazon they have answered my emails on the delay. They say the order is being processed and have apologized and offered me a $20 credit for my trouble. They still advertise a 4 to 6 week delivery in their listing for the tool. Hummmmm, anyway, I plan on using the planer to clean up dimensioned timbers for a house I'm building. The Ebay seller I contacted thinks that's a good application. When I get the planer I'll write a more indepth review.

And it continues----Just got notified by Amazon of another delay. we're approaching 6 months now. I talked to a customer rep and she suggeted I buy from someone else that I'll probably never get the planer as Amazon doesn't sell it any more. She also said she has no way of making up price differences if I go to another seller (e.g. Tyler Tool). Still they adverise it available within 4 to 6 weeks so I'm going to wait. When I asked who I could talk to about the delay, She suggestet I write the CEO, Mr. Bezso. Now that was a useful suggestion. I'm sure I'd be Mr. Bezso top priority.

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DELTA TP300 Shopmaster 12-Inch Portable Planer

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Why buy a planer? Well, it lets you reduce the thickness of your workpieces to exactly what you want them to be. It creates a flawlessly flat second surface, essential in good woodworking. Why buy this planer? Here's our list of why we like it: It has a fantastic 12-inch wide by 6-inch deep capacity to tackle large jobs. The patented cutterhead system raises and lowers on four large, precision-ground columns. Depth of cut can be adjusted in a wink with a top-mounted handle. A patented cutterhead lock stabilizes the cutterhead for total rigidity and superior snipe control. Double-edged--meaning reversible--high-speed steel knives double your cutting life. Adjustable infeed and outfeed tables and a stainless-steel base provide a smooth surface for moving stock, and the tables fold in for storage in minimal space. The prices on these planers have come down quite a bit in the past few years, and this one, with its quality and many features, is a great buy. --Kris Jensen-Van Heste

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 "Bang for the buck!" 2007-09-17
By PA Pap (South-central PA)
By now, this unit probably considered defunct but, what the heck, at my age so am I. I've had this little powerhouse for 2.5 years now and I'm still using the same set of knive and they have never been rotated. Now, granted, I'm not a tradesman or heavy user but as a weekend furniture builder I have few complaints.

I use primarily hardwood such as cherry, walnut, hickory and some soft maple and the motor of this unit never breaks stride. Oh sure, they all change pitch once the knives meet the board but it doesn't sound like it's progressively losing speed. Of course, you are going to get a better cut and a smaller snipe with shallow cuts so when you get within 3/16" of your final dimension I would recommend cutterhead height adjustments of 1/4 turn or less along with a firm lift on the board on the outfeed side of the operation. The rollers do seem to have an issue grabbing some rough cut lumber and some of the framing pines that feel slick to the touch but I rarely have to push to assist feeing the machine.

The quality of the finished cut will, of coarse, be largely determined by the condition of your knives so I'm not so sure the normal, high quality finish is a factor of the machine's aptitude so much as that they have chosen a good combination of general purpose head speed and an optimum feed rate along with those sharp knives.

I have seen several other reviews mention that the cutterhead moves due to the lack of a lock on the head adjustment crank but my machine has not produced this fault, thank goodness. If I was buying on a limited budget I wouldn't hesitate buying a used unit given that it passed a pre-purchase inspection and rigorous test, looking for feed issues, dull knives, a motor which changes pitch more than normal (If you don't know what that is consider taking a buddy along and rmember that terribly dull knive can produce this.) and a head which won't stay at your chosen point. This little machine is money well spent.

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 "tp 300 planer" 2006-03-23
By wood doctor (foxoboro MA.USA)
light weight portable planers with power. Easiest one I've ever had to change blades on (only takes about 10 minutes)nice feed rate and no chatter.

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 "Cheap and Easy; but still a throwaway tool" 2005-06-12
By DeWorn out WoodMan (Seneca, South Carolina United States)
The motor is tough, and won't quit even if you wish it would put itself out of it's own misery.

I gave it 3 stars only because of the price and ease of finding replacement blades, which is better than my experience with DeWalt and Hitachi's returned planers.

Downers are that an 8mm wrench(supplied) is dangerously loose on the 7.5mm blade bolts when you change blades, and frequent slips on the head bolts will slice you up like Freddy Kruger!

But who doesn't like a little blood and gore now and then?

Buy a Craftsman 7mm open-end wrench and grind 0.5mm off one inside edge for blade changes, then tie a dollar to the cheap Delta 8mm wrench (supplied) and heave it into the woods. That way you can say that you actually threw something away !

The old hexagonal-head bolts are still the best clamp-down system for blades, and Delta should not change that. They should simply supply a 7.5mm wrench, or upgrade the bolts to 8 mm for safety's sake.

Wear leather gloves when changing these blades, or you WILL be sorry one day !

After a little dulling of blades, the depth handle moves freely and won't stay put. Keeps you real busy.

Delta blades for this thing don't last very long at all on hardwoods (or heart-woods), but the up-side is that you can buy carbide for this machine before you will buy carbide blades for ANY other 12' to 13" planer in the mainstream market! (Lowes, Home Depot, Ace, Etc.)But of course, the carbide costs about as much as the planer ($200)! LOL !

To date, you cannot buy the replacement drive belt,though advertised, through Amazon. I have had to reconfirm my April order for 3 of them about 6 times now, at pain of cancellation, so I guess we are supposed to throw the machine away when it spins some notches off the rubber belt.

So with mixed emotions I can say,

Thanks Again, Taiwan USA !

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 "Cheap, easy, lowCPI, snipe, uTables, uLife Blades" 2005-04-30
By Josh Daniel S. Davis (Highland Village, TX)
I was looking cheap, just to clean up some rough-hewn boards. The bottom-end Lowes had was the TP-305 (12.5" vs TP-300 12.0", otherwise EXACTLY the same) for $199, so I got that.

Into and Basics

First off, the TP-305 is single speed. Fine for my purposes. As someone else said, if you're doing "fine woodworking", you'll sand with high-grit before calling it done.

Everything is metal, and the handle on top doubles as a foam covered transfer roller. It's very solid and stable, you know, for a "portable".

The belt drive is about 3/4", versus about 2" for the Hitachi and DeWalt. Conversely, the belt on the Delta is fiber reinforced black rubber, like a fan belt, rather than being clear, plain rubber.

There is supposedly a chain-drive for gear reduction, but I haven't dismantled it yet to lubricate them.


Second, it was a snap to prepare. I pulled it out of the box. It's maybe 75 or 80 pounds. OK if you lift right, or 2-person lift otherwise. It included the planer assembly, a dust chute with 2 fasteners, a hex wrench which fits in a slot on top, a magnetic blade tool, and a crank handle with hex-head fastener.

I put it on top of a table. No LRF support, and there was a little flashing on the bottom, so don't unpack this onto a nice table. Something like this should be bolted down. The deck holes are 1/4", one on each corner. I used some washers and deck screws and that was more than enough to keep it stable.


You NEED earplugs. Yes, it is "quiet" compared to some shop planers/jointers, it's still loud. Earmuffs should be OK, but I opted for spongy/expanding 33db earplugs. No problem there, but I was definitely deaf to the world.

Also, goggles are a must. These two things are silly and simple, but just in case you didn't know. This might not be so important if they ever get immunology and organ cloning down, but since you're limited to one set of eyes right now, best protect them from flying debris.

If you want to reach, adjust, oil, or perform ANY maintenance, unplug your machine. "I thought I was safe but something fell and flipped the switch" wouldn't quite cut it with your friends.

ALWAYS operate with the dust chute in place. The motor blows air into it and it sends the chips out the back. Without it, A) You'll be covered in vertically launched curls, and more importantly B) The top of the cutter head will be exposed, which is very not safe.

Keep distractions and horseplay away from this machine. This is not a toy, it's an 8000 RPM spinning blade of doom. No playing. Period. OK? JUNIOR!?!?! Are you LISTENING TO ME! NO PLAYING. Ok. Good. Serious machine.


As a portable planer goes, the fold-out tables are fairly small. I tried using Skill brand roller stands on each side to help hold the workpiece, but this planer loves to snipe on ingress.

Tilt your board down into the planer about 5 degrees, and don't cut deep and you'll limit it. Even so, every board has a 2-3" spot that's maybe 1/32" thinner than the rest of the length.

Egress snipe is alleviated by lifting ever so slightly on the workpiece for the final stretch. If you don't get it, you'll hear the motor change speed as it chews into the end. It's really just the design of the rollers. I think you'd probably get snipe even if you made your own full-length table flush with the input.

With 12" boards, snipe was not very noticeable, whereas with 4" boards, it was always very noticeable.

Blade Lifespan

The blades that came with it do well, but it's only 2 blades. It goes through them fairly quickly. Newer wood is fine. I made several passes on both sides of rough hewn cedar. All was well. I sent through some 12" rough cedar with 25 year crusty paint, and it wasn't really happy with that.

It's 2mm per turn and on 12" stock with fresh blades you can do that. When you get to 1/3 turn and it still drops the RPMs significantly, you're past the life of the blades.

I got to this point after removing 3/16ths from each side of 40 feet of 4" wide cedar, and about 1/8th from each side of a 6' long 12" piece of paint encrusted cedar. It seems that the wider board heats the blades more, especially the old, rubbery paint, and once they heat up, the edge fades MUCH more rapidly.

Signs your planer blades are dull

The machine emits dust and not curls.

The machine leaves roller rubber on the workpiece.

The wood peels along the grain in very thin strip.

The motor slows down, but there is no output.

The rollers stop feeding.

The workpiece becomes polished, even glassy.

The workpiece is noticeably warm to the touch.

Running the workpiece through a second time at the same setting till slows the motor.

Blade Replacements

I'm thinking I'll see if I can design the same at out of something harder under heat, but you know, since I don't REALLY have the skill for that, I picked up a couple sets of spare blades when I got the planer. The spares were $26/set and made of "High Speed Steel". I don't know the specific grade, but truly, they went south REALLY quickly on the wider, painted boards.

Blade Swap procedures

The swap is fairly easy, though they are initially installed with an impact wrench. Breaking the screws the first time gave off sparks on three. Freaky. Anyway, you access the six screws by:

A) Unplug the machine. Yes, UNPLUG IT. Switches have been known to fail in this universe. Don't risk it.

B) remove the two thumbscrews on the top.

C) Remove the dust chute

D) Turn the head with "the tool" such that you an access one side of the head. Adjust the machine height, or rotate the head such that the tool clears the handle/rollerbar.

E) Loosten the screws such that the black plate ALMOST comes loose. Test one screw for proper sizing. I think this is about a 16th of an inch.

F) Use the little split magnet tool to scoop under the blade, lift up off of the retaining pins, and pull out.

WARNING The blade may be hot if it's recently been used, especially if it's really dull.

G) spin the blade.

WARNING The sharp side of the blade is SHARP! I know this seems like an idiot thing to say, but if you aren't careful, I will mock you for your bloodletting experience. Yes, I'm secretly watching you.

H) Slid in, align such that it drops down properly (ie, the retaining pins are in the holes).

I) Tighten the screws, starting with the ends and working your way in. In generaly, thumb-tighten all of them, then torque them down afterward to make sure alignment is good.

J) Repeat for the other side of the head. (ie. always swap/replace BOTH blades at the same time).


Check your belt shroud, a burgundy curve of plastic on the top right of the machine. Mine had too much flashing in the channels and didn't seat properly. I didn't notice until it had been carved/sanded away severely.

The deck plate is polished steel. You can see the cutter head and rollers clearly in it. It's really cool, and might come in handy should something jam or clog. REMEMBER NOT TO TOUCH THE HEAD WITH YOUR FINGERS UNLESS YOU WANT TO BE CUT.

Yes, I used first and second person in a review.

Despite the warning that this is not a toy, etc., it's VERY fun, or at least satisfying, to see what a machine like this can do.


This is cheap. Snipe will happen. Rollers, an assistant, or a full-sized and aligned table are greatly helpful. Blades dull quickly on older wood with old rubbery paint.

Customer Buzz
 "All things being equal and relevant to the task at hand...." 2004-12-30
By Cousin Vinny (Scottsdale, AZ United States)
...this is an excellent piece of equipment for the small shop or any woodworker on a tight or limited budget. Well packed, minimal assembly, easy-to-follow instructions. The handles are a bit spartan and initially awkward to grab but once you lift this planer up a few times and move it about, they get easier to grab and hold on to. As for actual operation, I planed one side of a fairly rough length of 12" Douglas Fir plank into a nice, flat, and smooth surface using just 5 passes. I took my time and used a light touch on the depth of cut adjustment with each pass so as not to bog down the rollers and cutters. Everything worked very well, first time out of the box. Smooth, steady movement of the stock under the rollers and through the planer, relatively low operating and cutting noise, negligible vibration and very good chip deflection out the rear. You won't believe how much "chip" comes out of this planer and, unless you have a collector attached to it, onto the shop floor. But that's another reason why I have a shop vacuum. Looks like the factory did a reasonably good job of adjusting the cutting blades too. Of course, you wouldn't opt for a compact low-priced unit like this one if your budget is bigger or if your usage is regular or heavy. Pros will no doubt pooh-pooh this unit as sub-par but, for the money, this is a remarkably efficient and well-made portable planer with a decent capacity. Just remind yourself that you shouldn't use a Volkswagen Beetle to pull out tree stumps or a Derby thoroughbred to pull a beerwagon.

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Here’s a great thickness planer that exceeds expectations and won’t break the bank. It’s got some great features in addition to the built-in Jet quality woodworkers have come to rely on.

A four-post system supports the rollercase and lets it ride smoothly and accurately for micro-depth changes as well as large adjustments. We like the six-position workpiece thickness preset gauge; it’s a great time-saver for repeat cuts, and the detents are at the most common dimensions of 1/8-, 3/8-, ½-, ¾-, 1- and 1-1/4-inch thicknesses. It’s easy to use, too: Just push the preset depth gauge and rotate it until the measurement you want is on the front, facing you. The rollercase locks securely with just a pull on the lever, guaranteeing you uniform thickness. We found it also helps reduce snipe when you’re just working a single board. The scale itself is clear and easy to read.

The cutter head features two knives with an rpm of 8,000, giving you 16,000 cuts per minute and a finish as clean as a whistle. We appreciate the double-edged knives for their economy, and when it does come time to change out the knives, you’ll appreciate the relative simplicity of the process.

This planer’s got a generous capacity, making it perfect for the home woodworker as well as the professional, with a 13-inch width and a max height under the rollercase of 6 inches. Be aware, though, that if you’re planing a larger board –from 5-1/2 to 13 inches wide – you’ll want to keep your max depth of cut to 1/16-inch. Jet warns that you can go deeper than that, but you’re running the risk of wearing out your motor.

Jet’s mounted rollers on top of the planer to make life a little easier for you, especially when you’re making several cuts on a long board. Just slide it across the top of the planer as you step from back to front.

Portability’s great, too, so if you’re looking for a hard-working planer to tote to the jobsite, this is one of the best. There are inset side handles to help you keep your grip when moving this machine, and it’s easy on the back at about 65 pounds. The feed tables fold up to save space in your truck bed or your shop, too.

If we could have anything we wanted, we’d wish that Jet would include the dust hood with the planer, because it’s a messy proposition to operate this tool without it being hooked up to a dust-collection system. It’s an inexpensive purchase, but a necessary one.

In all, you can’t beat this planer for features, accuracy, power and reliability, and you won’t regret this purchase.--Kris Jensen-Van Heste

Technical Details

- Four-post system for stability and accuracy
- 15 amp motor powers the cutterhead and feed rollers simultaneously for optimal planing under various load conditions
- Dual-position cutterhead height adjustment handle for left- or right-hand operation--one rotation moves the head 1/16 inches
- Precision-bearing mounted, dynamically balanced cutterhead is fitted with two HSS double-edged auto-set knives for razor sharpness
- Thermal overload protection for longer tool life
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Customer Buzz
 "One minor problem..." 2007-05-06
By F. Smith (Nashville, TN)
I've not been able to control snipe very well on this planer. Even with porper board support and the carriage lock engaged I still get a fair amount of snipe. The snipe gets much worse as the blades dull. The blade changes are very easy to do though. Over all, it is a nice little planer and does what its' supposed to. I wouldn't try production work on it though.

Customer Buzz
 "No problems so far" 2005-03-09
By Carl Jeffery (Boise, ID USA)
This is my first thickness planer and am very happy with my purchase. I agree that a dust hood should be included and is a pretty pricey extra, but well worth it. As with my other Jet tools, I'm amazed at how well it performs out of the box with minimal adjustment.

I looked at a lot of other benchtop planers, and trusted Jet's reputation and took the plunge. The finish this produces is smooth, adjustment is easy and I get very little snipe. I was hesitant with it only having two blades, but it seems to work just fine, plus it will be cheaper when it comes to replacing blades.

I appreciate Jet's simplicity and performance. I'm sure this tool will be in my shop for many years.

Customer Buzz
 "Great planer but missing a dust collector port" 2005-01-01
By R. Buchanan (San Francisco Bay Area)
This is a significant upgrade over the older 12.5" Jet planer. Auto set knives are a breeze to set-up, and unlike the DeWalt 13", you don't have to buy the in/out feed tables. The two speed feed results in a very clean finish and the locking head dramatically reduces snipe - it doesn't stop it. I don't know why accessories for this model are so hard to find unless Jet is trying to blow out the 12.5" stuff first.

MAJOR COMPLAINT - no dust collection port, it's an option? (How to create a wood chip snowstorm in the shop? Don't use a dust collector on your planer.) Amazon doesn't even carry the optional dust port - nice touch, huh? I had to have Woodcraft order it for me and it took two weeks to get it.

I still love the finish this planer produces and it's very easy to set-up and adjust. I gave it 4 stars because they decided not to include a dust port that must cost them all of $5 to produce.

ATTN JET Product Managers: Raise the price $10, add the dust collector port, and get a MUCH HAPPIER customer. You have no price pressure at $429 - the competition is the DeWalt at almost $600 with the in/out feed tables.

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Four high-speed steel cutter knives produce faster, smoother cutting. Heavy-duty cast iron and steel construction for added strength and durability. Two-speed gear box with automatic chain tensioner lets you adjust the feed rate to meet your needs.

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- 20-inch planer with a powerful 5 hp motor
- 24V magnetic control for longer tool life; 2-speed gear box
- 4 high-speed steel knives for optimal cutting power; 1-piece welded base for rock-solid stability
- Features dust hood with 5-inch dust port
- Weighs 640 pounds
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