Well, "better" is often a subjective term, particularly when comparing two 13" planers that both rate as "very good" ... but certainly don't rate up there with the professional units.
Still ... Amazon has a great deal on the Delta and I'm tempted to buy it. I was holding out for the Dewalt, mostly because it has 3 blades to Delta's 2.
But if you can believe the users ratings on Amazon, the Delta scores better. And for far less money, it might be the better deal.
I know that none of these planers will give you a "glass smooth" finish like many of the user reviews claim. I understand that sanding is always going to be needed afterwards.
Looking at Popular Woodwoorking's reviews back in Feb. 2004, they rated the Dewalt just a tad bit higher than the Delta. Dewalt has that extra blade, provides 96/179 cuts/in vs. 60/90 for the Delta. The Delta pulls less amps, which can be viewed as good or bad.
ARGHHH!!!! Anyone want to throw in their two cents of sawdust? For $150 cheaper, would you take the Delta? Or hold out for the Dewalt?