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04-29-2014 05:53 PM

Topic tags/keywords: planer benchtop delta ryobi ap1301 22-555

Sorry to be a pain…I’ve posted a couple of threads on here asking about different planers. There was an older model Delta on Craigslist but it wasn’t in the condition described so I passed. The Delta 22-555 is available near me for around $315, which is a little over the top of my budget, but if it’s a quality tool I could probably swing it. The problem with that one is that it hasn’t been out that long and I can’t get any first hand feedback about it. The Ryobi is in my price range but the reviews are conflicting. I could really use some guidance as I have been saving to make this purchase and want to get it right. Thanks!

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#1 posted 04-29-2014 08:34 PM

I haven’t used the ryobi, but when I bought my planer I ultimately decided on the dewalt DW734. It has good reviews, a good warranty and when I got it, it was on sale for $331 shipped.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#2 posted 04-29-2014 08:47 PM

Everyone recommends that model- I can’t seem to find it for less than $421. Where did you get yours?

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#3 posted 04-29-2014 09:03 PM

Steer clear of Ryobi stuff. Light duty at best. Little after sale support.
I kinda think of ‘em as use and throw away.
The DeWalt series (733, 734, 735) planers are those that can be used and repaired.
Just my thoughts….....


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#4 posted 04-29-2014 09:36 PM

I’d been searching for the DeWalt but couldn’t find one I could afford- that’s how I wound up at the Delta 22-555. I figured that since they’re all owned by the same company that perhaps they used the design from a DeWalt 733 or 734 for the Delta. It certainly seems to be better than the Porter Cable.

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#5 posted 04-29-2014 09:47 PM

The Ryobi is essentially the same as the Ridgid TP1300. I have a Ridgid and as it is a good planer, it is difficult to get replacement blades for it. I would stick with a DeWalt 734 or Delta. They’re common and easy to get blades.

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#6 posted 04-29-2014 09:51 PM

I just ordered the Steel City 40200H for $500. It has a helix-like head instead of knives. Gets a lot of good reviews.

-- Jim, Denton, TX

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#7 posted 04-29-2014 10:05 PM

Unfortunately, I can’t go $500 but I’m sure you’ll have good luck with the Steel City based on reviews. I looked at their bladed model but was warned off because of the blade changes and issues with stripping the screws. That problem is non- existent in the one with the helical head. So far it sounds like Ridgid, Ryobi and Porter Cable are out. I can’t afford the delta 22-590. If I can find a DeWalt for around $350 or if someone can weigh in on the Delta 22-555 I’ll be good to go. I appreciate everyone’s comments- this is very helpful. Thanks!

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#8 posted 04-30-2014 12:28 AM

Perri, B&D hasn’t owned Delta for a few of years now. They sold it to Chang Type Industrial (a Taiwanese company) back in 2011. All the Delta tools out now are new designs made by Chang Type in Taiwan. Only the Unisaw is made in the U.S. So far their table saw seems to have good reviews, but I’m going to wait a while before buying any of the new stuff. I want to make sure they don’t kill the brand first.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#9 posted 04-30-2014 01:13 AM

I didn’t know Delta had been sold off. Thanks for the heads up!

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#10 posted 04-30-2014 09:17 AM

I have the Dewalt. I have ran 1000’s of board feet through it with no problems. My Pops and Brother have the same one with the same results. Great machine and very easy to change blades. I would save up for that one…. Good luck.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 04-30-2014 07:37 PM


The Dewalt 734 is for sale at Home Depot for $399 according to their website. When I needed a new compressor I printed out an add from Harbor Freight that offered 20% off any single item and took it to the store manager of my local Home Depot and asked if I could use it on a (roughly) $500 compressor. She allowed it. If that tactic works for you the $399 planer would be available for $319.20. It’s worth a try. You can find the coupons online or in magazines. Make sure they have the planer in stock before asking.

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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#12 posted 04-30-2014 10:27 PM

I will try that. Thank you!!!

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#13 posted 05-01-2014 09:07 PM

I took BilltheDiver’s advice and went to Home Depot for the DeWalt 734 armed with a Harbor Freight coupon. The first person I spoke to was less than nice. When the manager found out, he was quick to remedy the situation and discounted the planer on his authority. Out the door, tax included, for $321. I was very, very lucky. I appreciate everyone’s advice and input- I wouldn’t have gotten this planer at this price without your help. Thank you!

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