I happened to see some planer blades for both Delta and Dewalt at the
local borg the other day, and couldn't help but notice the difference
in size of the to blades. The Dewalt blade looked substantial, heavy
duty, and a real peice of metal. The Delta's looked flimsy and more
like a toy. I know the Delta's is meant to be disposable, but it
Is the Delta's planer a step below the Dewalt's in quality, or was I
reading too much into the blade size?
I can't speak for the DW, as I have the delta 13". So far, it has performed
well. The machine has handled some real large and rough chainsaw ripped
lumber with better than expected results from a benchtop. I've had it a
year now and it's used regularly. The blades are disposable, as you
mentioned, and they are double sided. When one edge gets worn, simply flip
it over, and they are easy to change. I'm currently on my second side of
the second set of blades (equivalent to 4 blade changes) so they last
reasonably long and they run about $30 at the blue borg. www.amazon.com has
many reviews (including mine) on these planers if you want to read more. I
don't think you'd be disappointed with the delta.
What matters is how sharp, how durable, how they perform. The Delta blades
are indexed and help in place with a device on the shaft. I've used both
but never changed blades on the DW. Both did a good job of cutting wood. I
don't know if anyone has ever done a side by side comparison for any length
of time, but it would be interesting.
I have sold hundreds of each of the planers in my career. Each planer
does a great job and I believe you would be happy with either machine.
Side by side...I would sell either one to my best friend....not much
difference in blade life or finish...buy the one that you like and buy
from your local dealer for the best service. My customers would ask
me which one was best? I jokingly would say which one I had the most
in stock of. It really does not make much of a difference. I got
great help from both my Delta and Dewalt sales rep. If there was a
problem, it would be taken care of to the customers benefit. Good
I recently purchased a Delta 13" planer model 22-580. So far I'm
satisfied with my choice. I had looked at the Dewalt but there were
certain details that I prefered on the Delta. Of course if $ was no
object I would have chosen the 15" from General.
Delta 22-580, DW735
Both are the 3rd generation lunchbox planers with dual speeds. About $100
more than the 2nd generation planers (locking cutter heads) with an extra
The dewalt is unique in that is has integrated chip suction. I suppose that
is nice if you do not already have dust collection perhaps a waste if you
I have owned 1st deneration Delta and a 2nd generation Dewalt(DW733). The
Dewalt blades are much thicker, but I doubt that that is significant. The
blade setting on mechanism on my Dewalt is *way* better (easier/accurate)
than the Delta, but I would like to think that Delta has improved their
system in the last 12 years (it's not really a fair comparison).
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