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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 have a Ridgid 4331 13” planer. I have had for 4 or 5 years and use it sparingly but it does get used. I think I’m on the third set of blades. I had it replaced free of charge by Ridgid when the machine started sounding like a coffee grinder about 6 months after purchase. Don’t know what went wrong. Took a few phone calls and several weeks but they honored their warranty. Can’t complain about anything with this planer.
I also have a 735X. It is fed 99% rough sawn lumber from my sawmill. I have been really happy with it going on 5 years. My shop design requires portability, thus most of my larger power tools are on rolling stands. I bought the DeWalt planer stand for it and converted the tiny (3) wheels to (4) larger locking casters by welding them to the four corners of the cart. . I also added a Wixey height gauge to the planer. It is a loud machine and you MUST have some sort of catchment system for the chips. It will literally sand blast anything in its path if you don't.
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