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Id be looking at the Ridgid model. I have the Steel City 40200H which is the exact same planer as the Ridged except it has a helical head where the ridgid has standard knives. Ive had my planer for a couple years and I love it and Ive had zero problems with it. That said, I mostly do lathe work so my planer dosnt get the workout that some would put it through.
Id also check CL for a used planer. A used Delta or DeWalt is gonna be alot better than the brand new HF model. The DeWalt planers get excellent reviews with the exception of being extremely loud.
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