This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 3, by multiple authors.
From: erickson@LIBRA.CS.NPS.NAVY.MIL (David Erickson)
Date: 18 Mar 91 22:01:28 GMT
In article <1991Mar17.firstname.lastname@example.org> email@example.com (larry strollo ) writes:
>I am going to purchase a portable planer within the next week (there's a tool
>show in town with really good prices that end the 26th). I have narrowed
>the choices down to two - the Makita and the new Delta.
I have the Makita, and I haven't seen the new Delta, so I can't help with
the comparison. However, I can tell you my reaction to the Makita.
First the positives:
It is lightweight, and I can store it out of the way when I don't need it.
It works as advertised: it is accurate (mine is parallel within .05"),
it can cut 12" stock, it does nice work. It is easy to replace the
blades: no jig is required, they are self-aligning, and they are cheap.
Now the negatives:
The table raises and lowers; the cutting head is fixed. This means that
it is difficult to build an extension to support long boards. I usually
figure that the first and last 4" of a long board are waste, since it
is hard to support them perfectly, and the cutter/roller arrangement
leads to end snipe.
It is somewhat underpowered. The maximum depth of cut varies with the
board width, but if you use it for wide boards, it can take a long time
to clean up rough stock. I surfaced some 10" maple which required four
If I had it to do over again, I would buy the Ryobi 10". I usually don't
need the full 12" capability. The Ryobi has the same amperage motor,
and it has an adjustable head & fixed table. There was a good article
in either FWW or FHB a few issues back about building an extension table
for the Ryobi. And, it is about $125 cheaper than the Makita.