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12-10-2000, 03:38 PM
I am working on my wish list for xmas and I plan to include a planer. My price range is $300-400. I have looked at the Delta 22-540, 22560 and the DeWalt. I would like to get some feedback from people that own these or any other recommendations.
12-10-2000, 10:33 PM
You should also consider the 13" Ridgid. It is a good planer, has a head lock to reduce/eliminate snipe, has the Indi-cut to show what your cut depth is on this pass, comes with spare blades and had preset depth stops. Is good tool. Have had one for a year and put a *LOT* of hardwoods thru it.
No matter which unit you buy, if it has a head lock, use it. Be sure to wax feeds regularly and prior to first use.
Having owned Dewalt, Delta, Sears, Reliant, foley belsaw and makita planers, the makita is my favorite. They seem to be much better built and right now they're changing to a new model and ther older 2012 can be had for $350. I just ordered a new one to replace the one that I currently have in use.
I just recently purchased a Ridgid 13" Planer. Before hand I had been seriously debated buying the Delta. You can buy the Delta 12 1/2" for about $300. That comes with an extra set of knives. The Riged comes with a spare set of knives and a table. It sells for about $400. The real benefits are the Riged is heavier, the infeed/outfeed tables are considerably larger, it has Indi-cut (awesome feature) and the most important, a lifetime guarantee. Delta's and Dewalt are only 2 years.
I have used it quite a bit planing maple and it works great. I truly believe it is well worth the money. If you have any questions just email me back.