for several years running, this planer has consistently scored the high mark in bench top planer reviews. after owning several different planers of different brands, this one clearly beats the competition. it is is the most rigid, finest cutting and easily the least amount of snipe I've experienced from any of my past planers. worth the money for the included in/out feed tables. the unit is heavy, so it's nice to have a dedicated stand or bench space to keep it. I've yet to see how long the blades last... but I'll likely purchase a Shelix head for the unit once I run through my factory blades.