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Best Planer for the Money

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I'm still new to woodworking and have been thinking about a purchasing a planer. I have never used a planer before, so I would have to learn to use it. What planer out would you recommend to purchase? I'm looking low cost, easy to operate, not big or bulky, somewhat portable (meaning I can use it on a table and then store it away after I'm done) and good performance. What should I look for or make sure one has when looking to make this purchase?
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I buy sawmill lumber once in awhile, so a planer is a must for me. I've got an older 12 inch craftsman lunch box style. It does what I need it to, but my next one will probably be a Dewalt. I do my planing outside in the back driveway. The lunch box type allow me to store it on a shelf in the basement.

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Wife got me the DeWalt 734 for Christmas. Only used it once so far. I like it. I didn't feel like I needed a bigger one, love the thought of a big beefy spiral cutter head, but I've got to be realistic. I think the 734 will last me 20 years or so. lots better then my old Craftsman 2 blade and I've had that for past 20 years.
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