|Review by ic3ss||posted 02-11-2011 10:21 PM||11103 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
It seems this is the first LJ review of the new Delta 22-590 planer. Delta released this last summer, I believe, and I’ve only found a few reviews by people who’ve actually used the thing. Most of them on the web are just copy-and-paste of someone elses’ review. I wanted to save some money and buy a used planer, and after wasting my time and a lot of gas on a Craigslist deal-gone-bad for a used 22-580, I decided to buy new. This is the 22-590, it’s the update to the 22-580 and it has one big feature that I liked over the older model in that it’s got a three bladed cutter instead of two blades. I’ve read also that the 590 has a new style cutter head lock. I don’t know what the old style was, but looking at mine, I can see two steel bars on each side running top to bottom, and running through what is effectively a caliper in the cutter head, so it’s like a disk brake. You crank the handle on the side and it rotates a bar across the cutter head linking brakes on both sides, cinching them down on the bars locking the cutter head in place. It works really well, I think.
This is the first power planer I’ve used since High School, and the one we used was pretty bad so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. After about 15 minutes of setup time, I fired it up and ran a piece of oak trim through it and to my surprise it came out glass-smooth. I made a few more passes, each time across a different part of the cutter for even wear. I’ll make this standard practice in normal use.
In the last picture, I could see a couple of very light marks about half way down the wood, and were about 1.5” long by about 1/8” wide. And there was a very light snipe on one end. Both of these defects will come out with a very light sanding which would be done anyway. I didn’t even notice until I held it up to the light and I wasn’t even able to feel either of them.
If you have a 22-580 that’s working well for you, this is probably not a worthwhile upgrade, but it certainly would be if you’re using a power planer that’s not giving good consistent results. Not having much to compare it by in recent use, I’m judging it on it’s own merits and I’m really impressed at this point. It really made a nice smooth cut. Now I need a jointer.
Thanks for reading.
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