Review

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.

Product

Performance

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Features

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Ease of Use

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Value

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
4.8
out of 5