After 4-5 years, I think I am about ready to upgrade planers. I currently have the Delta 22-580 planer and it works great. My _only_ complaint is that it is slow! When working with hardwoods, I can only take small bites on 6"-8" wide boards. If I try to get aggressive, I will start to get some tear out and the quality quickly goes away.
I would like to upgrade to something faster if I can at a reasonable cost but I am concerned in order for me to see a difference I would need to spend $1600 - $2500. If thats the case I will just stick it out with my "lunchbox".