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Default King SA 380 15" (actually 16") Autoplaner

Here is the manual for this model planer (thanks to Angie (Vindaloo) for converting it for me). This manual should also cover a number of other planers such as Delta and Jet that use the exact same castings and gearbox as this machine. So if you have a planer with fixed bed and a 2 feed speeds of 16 and 20 feet per minute there is a good chance that this is the same machine.
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That looks just like my old Delta 15" I had. It was a good planer. Wonder if they still make those?

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Hard to say about the Delta version Herb as Delta has dropped quite a few products they used to sell but there is a good chance it's still available as a different brand. I've worked the snot out of mine as I have access to lots of rough lumber here and mine has planed 1000s of bd ft of D fir, lodgepole pine, and birch with a few other species thrown in. I've had it for probably around 20 years and it's still going strong.
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Hard to say about the Delta version Herb as Delta has dropped quite a few products they used to sell but there is a good chance it's still available as a different brand. I've worked the snot out of mine as I have access to lots of rough lumber here and mine has planed 1000s of bd ft of D fir, lodgepole pine, and birch with a few other species thrown in. I've had it for probably around 20 years and it's still going strong.
Mine had roller tables front and back. I also used it to plane rough sawn lumber, did a great job.
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The roller tables on the infeed and outfeed was the only difference I could see between the King and Delta. One of my cousins has the Delta.
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The roller tables on the infeed and outfeed was the only difference I could see between the King and Delta. One of my cousins has the Delta.
I had mixed felings about the rollers,sometimes I thought a solid table like I had on my Dewalt before worked better. The only other thing was the bottom roller in the bed was spring loaded and didn't like short pieces. Also the serrated top feed roller would sometimes leave tractor marks for some reason. Otherwise it was an awesome planer for the price. I got mine for $1100 on sale,and never regretted it. wish I had it now.

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The bed rollers on my King are eccentric and can be lowered below the bed where I leave them. They lessen the effort but I feel I get a better job without them. I think I paid just about the same as you. It's a real work horse in my opinion, a good tool for the money.
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That is good to know,about lowering the roller,Chuck, I didn't know that.
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If you are going to use them then you need to get all 4 corners equal and that's another issue that can be very time consuming. Simpler just to leave them down. Then you only have to worry about getting all 4 feed roller corners level. Mine was out from the factory. That took that home made gauge in figure 22 and a couple hours to set it.
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