I have been using a Delta 22-540 since shortly after they hit the market and
it's seen better days.
I want a new one but am undecided about which one.
I would get a DeWalt 735 but I've heard too many negatives about the blades.
I don't want to spend what it would take to get a Delta or Powermatic floor
model but I want a good machine.
> I would get a DeWalt 735 but I've heard too many negatives about
Blades on a planer are like tires on a car, a consumable item.
Check out Infinity Tool for carbide tipped planer blades.
Just bring deep pockets.<grin>
I was in the same boat. I did not want a machine with disposable blades. I
bit the bullet once and for all and bought a 15" Delta stationary planer for
about $1100. Grizzly has several planers that would perform as good as most
any portable for not too much more money.
Or for a Delta,
Oh, boy, here we go again. Do a Google Groups search on this newsgroup for
posts about the DW735 -- especially posts by me.
Bottom line is, the knives on the DW735 can be resharpened multiple times
before they need to be discarded. How many times? I dunno. I'm on either
the 3rd or 4th resharp of my first set of blades. I *think* I probably have
only one more left. DW tech support told me (off the record) that as long as
they were at least 7/8" wide, they were still OK.
Sure -- the DW735. Beautiful cut quality. And the people who designed this
machine were thinking. Everything is easy to use. The adjustment wheel moves
the carriage up/down 1/16" per revolution -- perfect. The wide, flat top is
ideal for setting boards on. *One* wrench undoes *all* the screws (contrast
this to Delta, where you need one wrench to open the housing, and a different
one to change the blades). Open the lid to change blades, and you see a guard
inside that must be removed -- and it's held on by thumbscrews, on *tall*
stanchions which are very easy to reach. And on and on... this is a
well-designed machine that does its job very, very well.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
I have a Delta 22-580 but haven't used it enough to know about blade
life. Solid machine with a few nice features:
Has a 'pop-up' indicator that helps in setting height for first pass
'bottom' setting that alllows you the set the max cut for repeatable
thickness. I haven't used this feature yet so don't know how well it
two folding tables so it closes up fairly small but is heavy as all get
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