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#1 posted 12-21-2009 03:04 AM

A couple of features that I think are far more important than the number of blades are some sort of snipe reduction…either by having a cutterhead lock or a 4-post screw design to prevent movement of the head. Also dust collection of some sort is pretty important. Most of the very basic portables don’t have either.

I’ve owned the Delta 22-560 (now the TP400), Delta 22-580 (2-speed), and now have the Ridgid R4330. All have been good planers, no real clear winner of those….none are perfect. The 560 is a solid performer with just 2 knives and single speed, the 580 was a strong runner with 2 knives and 2 speeds, and the R4330 has 3 knives and single speed….once adjusted well, they all leave really nice finish when the knives are new, but that lasts about 10 passes, then they all need a little scraping or sanding before finishing. I felt that the 22-580 had a stronger motor than the R4330, but I did not like that the dust chute hangs down low enough to contact the wood while it exits…it also seemed that the rollers needed cleaning a lot. I’d also consider the two DeWalts, and the Makita.

I’d go with the best deal on the portables, but I’d seriously try to land that Jet 3hp stationary model at $500!

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