I bought my Delta model # 22-560 portable planer when it first came out,several years ago. They have since improved it with the model 22-560,with its depth lock. You can not find a cheaper unit than this one,the 22-560 costs $100 more. You have to realize that these are lightweight,non-industrial machines. With a universal motor,they just do not have the beef to do a lot of work at any one time. All portable planers are limited is this regard. Do not buy ANY portable if you are going to use it extensively. There really is not that big of difference between all brands.
Recommend this product?
The infeed and outfeed tables are too short to achieve a perfect,non-snipe finish,the blades are cheap and dull easily. I have built a stand for mine that triples the length of both tables,the snipe I get is fairly easy to sand out,you have to sand to get a nice surface no matter what planer you use.I would recommend this unit to anyone who does occasional work,professionals who want a portable to move to jobsite and for anyone who is basically turning out rough lumber into finished grade exterior projects.
As for hardwood,furniture projects,in other,words,high end projects,I would recommend upgrading to a larger unit,with a heavier induction motor. I am currently considering a combination,planer,moulding cutter and drum sander machine. It comes with a 5 horse power Baldor motor. If that does not work,I give up. You have compare portable planers to their larger brothers along as you would comparing a benchtop table saw to a cabinet grade table saw. You must know their limitations.