Current planner reviews & Jointer review


hello all - First of all - a recent issue of Fine Woodworking has a great article on 8" jointers. Conclusion - Yorkcraft best buy and Grizzly was top pick.
Has anyone seen a similar review on planers? I'm getting close to pulling the trigger on most likely the top of the line Delta portable 13" planer. (22-580 http://www.deltamachinery.com/index.asp?e 6&p0 )
What I would also like to see, given great reviews here, comparisons between quality of the dewalt and delta 13" portable planers and the 15" stationary planers from Delta, Yorkcraft, Jet, PM, Grizly and others. I would like to know if going to these 15" beasts only gives you the benefit of a larger cut and feed rate but w/o gains in quality.
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The smaller "lunch box" printers will give a "slightly" better cut that their big brothers. ***but****
The larger planers are much more robust and can handle the weight of larger stock. If you do a LOT of work with rough cut stock, the bigger guys are a much better tool. The 13" will work fine but they simply don't have the guts for bigger stock and longer sessions.
I have both a 12.5" and a 15" Delta and my experience has been that the DC-380 is a MUCH better planer but the little guy does hold it's own for a LOT of work.
I only own Delta so I can't help you with the other folks.
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Thanks Pat - The difference between the big iron and the lunch box type is what I figured. Lots of power, handles bigger materials, wont bog down, etc. It seems the better small ones will make excelent cuts.
Do you know of any recent published reviews? last I could find was 2003 FWW. I'm pretty sure the Delta and Dewalt I'm looking at are newer than that. I guess I'm curious if an off brand, for less money, will stack up there with dewalt and delta as did the Yorkcraft and Grizzly jointers in the recent FWW reviews.
Thanks again.
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I have owned a 22-580 for about two years, now. I run mostly smaller stock through it (less than 6" wide). From day one, it has produced beautiful cuts with no 'mill marks.' So the stock can go right to the project with little to no sanding or use of hand scrapers. Since I am not doing production work, I just leave the feeding speed at slow. It is a sturdy machine for a benchtop planer, in my view. I have had no problems with it. Of course, I am still on the original knife edges - ie have not flipped them, so the lineal foot volume through the machine is relatively low.
I attend a local community college cabinet-making & furniture-making program where we have industrial jointers up to 36". When the knives have been installed with great care, you see no mill marks with them, either. But, that is rare. Of course they really can hog off the material and handle the 8/4 12 foot stock with ease.
Charlie
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