Salty, want in on a big secret? Even the lowly Delta 12" planer does a good job and is easy to use and set up. I have run many boards through my friends and decided to keep my eyes open for a used one. If you will be using the planer full time you can justify the expense of a larger model. To my way of thinking the inexpensive Delta means more money to put towards other tools to make my life easier. Oops! My common sense is showing!