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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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Do you have a specific use for a planer? Or do you just want one?

I went 20 years without a planer and then one day in Sears they had one on special. It was too good a buy to pass up so I bought it.

It was a year before I used it. Just needed to make a piece of wood thinner probably. I have used it in the years since and it does what I have needed. Mostly cleaning up after re-sawing or making thinner boards. Seldom buy any unfinished wood as not much even available around here.

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