jones'in for a planer: 22-580 or 735?

Thank the Lord, I taped the DJM episode where he shows us the tools in his shop. He said about 3 times, that I need a Table Saw, a Band Saw, a Jointer and a Planer.
I'm making progress on the tool front, only one left to go. [ Odd, how my quality doesn't seem to increase with each new tool purchase. Perhaps, there's some quantum-esque critical mass equations involved. I'm sure once I acquire the planer, my stuff will be as good as his.]
Anyway, if nothing else, I gott'a be helping out the economy by buying tools.
Time for a planer: I've DAGS. But would like to hear from the group. What say ye? The Delta 22-580 for $365 or the DeWalt 735 for $479?
The Treasury spit back some change and I got about $500 to spend (in 2004).
Thank you!
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I can't speak about the 735, but I"ve got the -580 and it does everything that I would want it to do and it does it well. Blade changes are fast and accurate...after the second time I did it, I've got the blade change time down to about 10 minutes.
Luck
Mike
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It's a no-brainer: get the Makita.
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"mttt" wrote in message

Don't rule out the 13" Ridgid, especially if you can find it on sale, as it often is around here. I've been using a 2HP Delta 15" lately, and going back to the Ridgid on occasion ... that experience has made the little Ridgid even more impressive considering what I paid for it a couple of years ago.
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Amen to what Swingman says. The 13" Ridgid takes everything I've thrown at it. Anything significantly better would be bigger, not portable, and run likely four figures.
I now can change the blades in about 8 minutes, with no Bandaids required.
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