I have had a Makita Planer for almost 40 years. They are a great tool for certain things. At the time I bought it was 100 bucks so, not much change in the cost. I got it for door planing, which it is awesome. It also works great for making minor adjustments on cabinet stiles when installing. You can buy replacement blades for it that are carbide. I have only replaced the blades once. In owning it.
I bought one for planing a bookmatch Koa coffee table I was building. Had to take a lot off a live edge piece too big for my 12" planer. It worked well, but if you have a lot of wood to remove, it has no attachment port for a bag to catch the saw dust. I tried to adapt one with duct tape etc.., helped a little.FYI, I have only observed one of these, never used.
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