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
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?