A few days ago, my reliable old Delta 12" planer gave up the ghost. It just died. COD unknown, pending autopsy.
After considering all the features that I wanted in a new one, costs, and user reviews, I settled on a new 13" Delta.
Yesterday, the new one arrived.
I spent most of the day unpacking, reading the manual and and modifying the stand to accept the larger footprint. Ran a few pieces of mesquite through.
1. Lotta plastic
2. Lotta cut depth indicators. (4) One on the cutter head handle, one at the infeed, one with a cursor on the front, and one that's really a stop at preselected depths of cuts.
3. Even with the plastic, it's HEAVY. Definitely not a portable machine for this old man!
4. The cutter head raises and lowers sooo smoothly.
5. The DC attachment is a VERY welcome add on..
6. Out of the box, the tables were aligned to perfection.
7. The three knife cutter head leaves an awesomely smooth surface.
8. Not as noisy as the old one. Of, course that observation is tempered by the fact that the old one was going through it's death throes.
Pictures of the stand mods and planer features to follow.
I know the mourning process was unseemly short, but then, I did go through those 7 stages of grief really quick.