Planer Advice

Thanks for helping me if anyone can do so. Looking at thickness planers, 12" or so. Will not be doing a lot of 'heavy' planing. maybe 200' per winter. Have read all the ads......Delta Craftsman Ryobi Dewalt etc. So does anyone have a choice, preference, opinion, wish they had bought another brand ? Is there really any major difference ? Going crazy tring to decide, someone out there can help i know !! Thank You !
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It appears you are looking at benchtop planers, as opposed to heavier cast planers. In that class, let me suggest you look and see if there is a Lowe's in your area that still has a Delta 20-580 13" planer in stock. These planers sell for $350-$450 depending on where you buy. Lowe's had them on sale for $229 - an incredible buy. I bought one and I am very pleased with it. At that price, there is no other competition to consider.
Bob
P.S. If you have a dust collector, pay the extra $24 for the dust collection nozzle for this planer. It works very, very well.
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I have to agree with Bob. I also have the Delta 20-580 and am very pleased with the performance.
Jim www.woodblog.com

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What about checking out the Grizzly G0550 or the G0551?

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Bob wrote:

have a Rigid 13" that I like - good finish, low to no snipe, and the extra inch is occasionally useful.
After running a bunch of hard maple this weekend and being very frustrated from the amount of chip out I was getting (even with new blades and very small amount of material removal - less than 1/32) I am still thinking that being able to feed at slower speeds is a very useful feature. It depends on what kind of wood you plan to work. If you are planing very hard or highly figured wood I would consider a planer with two feed speeds. The Dewalt DW735 looks pretty good in a number of respects.
TWS
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I've had the Delta 20-580 for about a year and a half. My only complaint was finding replacement knives. Home depot where I bought the planer didn't carry them and Canadian tire didn't have them - they both sold the planer though. Finally found them at a wood show for $40 Cdn a set. Bought 2 sets. Get the dust collection nozzle it keeps a lot of shavings off the floor.
It is dual speed and the thickness indicator is accurate once set up the first time, at least it is in the range I use it most 2.5" down to 1/4".
The limit stop works well as well, once you get on to it's quirks.
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I agree - There are good Delta deals available now. Apparently Lowe's is closing out on Delta (Anyone know why?).
I would steer away from Ryobi. I have owned a 12-5/16" Ryobi one for about 5-6 years and it is a great machine. However, Ryobi hasen't done a great job of standing behind their customers with parts. I bought my first couple sets of knives in the $25 price range. I recently discovered that HD appears to be the only dealer that sells the brand and they don't handle replacement knives. If you go to the "approved parts and repair" shops, or Ryobi's "official parts source (an aftermarket operation). you can expect to pay $63 to $75 for a set of knives. Good news is Delta sells a set for about $29 that fits fine.
But who knows where you'll be able to buy Delta now?
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i looked for used and found a Toshiba.(forgot the model number), its a semi production unit, weight 350 lbs and on wheels. Its fantastic. When I was shopping you will spend twice that on a new one that does both planing and jointing, which the Toshiba does. So even though it was way overkill for me, it was 1/2 the cost of a new benchtop planer/jointer.
my advise is to get a jointer too, either as part of the planer or as a seperate unit....you will nee that......and then look for used to save some heavy $.

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The Delta "lunch bucket" 13" is nice planer.
PS:
Planers generate HUGE amounts of shaving. Start planning on a dust collection system very soon. The quality of the planer is hindered by shaving , so a DC is almost a requirement.
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On Wed, 8 Sep 2004 10:21:47 -0500, snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (od oy) wrote:

I've got an older DeWalt DW733, and like it a lot. Local buddies have the Rigid, older Delta, and a Makita. They all like theirs fine.
Most all of them were picked up for the $250-299 range during some sort of promotion. This was usually the reason most of us chose one over the other. I don't think you'd go wrong with any of them.
Barry
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I too have the 22-580 delta 13" . Excellent machine for a benchtop and hard to beat it for the money. The blades (I've seen them from $30-40) are easy to change and are reversible.

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Don't assume you can just use a ShopVac. You can fill a ShopVac in about 8 minutes with one of these things, and you still won't be happy with the chip clearance capabilities. Unless you were to use/build one of those trash can lid cyclone seperators, you would get a lot less performance from the planer than you should expect.
I bought the Ridgid, and like it. I've used the Delta at the school's shop, and like it too. The school's machine gets A LOT of use, and with sharp blades, keeps on working.
Patriarch
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I have the DW735 and although I'm extremely pleased - had the Delta 22-580 been available at the current Low Lowe's price - I'd have snatched that up. My neighbor is as happy with his as I am with my 735.
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