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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 don't think there's a simple answer to that. I have a DeWalt DW735 and I love it. I would prefer a larger, stationary unit, but the lunchbox style is all my budget and shop space allowed. The DW735 does a very nice job, but it is really loud. Hearing protection is a must. I'm of the mindset that hearing protection is always required when running any power tool, but this planer would be a definite even if I wasn't normally wearing any.
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