Hi John...Thanks for the reply.
The 27" is the one I am considering also and from the pics and your recommendation I think I will go ahead and order it. I have several bottom cleaning bits from 1/2" to 1-1/4" already so that takes care of that expenditure. I also only do small woodworking projects such as boxes, clocks, bird houses and the like so this planer should do the trick when I need to take 1/8" or so off a board.
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