Delta 13" Planer #22-590

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.5
out of 5
Brand:
Delta Machinery
Model:
#22-590
Price:
$568

Description

* Snipe reduction system features a patented cutterhead lock system and best-in-class infeed/outfeed tables to minimize snipe and reduce waste
* Microadjust depth stop allows the user to select a specific dimension for repeatable cuts at any dimension between 1.25" and 1/8"
* Full width material-removal gauge indicates the amount of material being removed with each pass across the entire width of the board, allowing the user to utilize the entire width of the cutterhead

WOOD magazine review

Great cut quality at quick feed rate

Review Summary

This model replaces the Delta 22-580 planer, which has been discontinued. Delta’s 13" 22-590 wasn’t yet on the market when we tested the category of 11 benchtop planers, but had it been included, its performance would have placed it among the leaders. Its three-knife cutterhead leaves an excellent surface on the wood, and the improved dust hood—now with a centered port and wider collection throat—evacuates chips better than the old model.
Initially, we thought we’d miss the slower feed rate—available on its two-speed predecessor—but the 22-590’s cut quality at 90 cuts per inch proved flawless with sharp knives. But even at that 26-feet-per-minute feed rate, the brawny 22-590 hogged off 1 ⁄16" from 13"-wide red oak without bogging down. And we really like the preset thickness stops, shown at right. It still has six stops from 1 ⁄8" to 1-1 ⁄4", but it also features markings in 1 ⁄32" increments. Although these don’t have stops, you just line up the mark with the indicator and lock the ring in place. Another great feature: The depth-of-cut gauge bar spans the full opening of the machine, so it works accurately even if you’re planing a narrow board along the side stops. On the downside, no matter how much we tried to adjust the infeed and outfeed tables, we could not eliminate snipe. At its best, the .003"-deep snipe can be removed with moderate power sanding. Oddly, snipe actually increased slightly when we engaged the cutterhead carriage lock, so we simply quit using it with no consequence.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

4

Reader Reviews

relatively quiet

Review Summary

I 've used this planer for about a month now and these are my impressions. First, it is impressively quiet compared to other planers I have used, though hearing protection is prudent. It is also relatively light in weight. Ergonomically, the depth gauge, depth indexing ring and presets are the best. Dust collection is excellent, but the center mounted 4 " port lets the hose get in the way more tan a side port would.
It set up very easily out of the box, requiring only the attachment of handles. It should be noted that Delta claims significantly longer blade life than competing models, only time will tell if this claim is true. From a performance point of view, the finish is very good. I was disappointed regarding snipe. With the "longest in class out feed tables" I was hoping for even less snipe. There is low snipe, though some sanding is necessary. With the current $50 delta rebate, plus shopping around for best price, this tool cost me $450.00 delivered to my door, it is a good buy. If it cost $100 more(its typical selling price), I would probably go with the Dewalt 734 (typical price at $ 399).

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Really good planer

Review Summary

I've had this planer for several years now, and it works pretty well. The cut quality is great when the knives are good and sharp. It feeds wood faster than I like sometimes, but there's no slower speed option. Still, as long as you don't cut too deep, it makes nice boards. I've tried all the adjustments on the tables, and I can't make it stop sniping, but it's not so much that I can't remove it later with sander and hand tools.
I don't like messing with the carriage lock, and really don't notice any difference when I do, so I just ignore it. Overall, a really good planer.

Detailed Ratings

4.3
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

4

Ease of Use

5

Value

4

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