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I used a 12" Parks 5 hp motor and it had straight 1/8"thick HSS blades it was mounted on a stand outside as there was no dust collection in those days so the shaving just spit out on the ground.

Years later, I bought a DeWalt 735 and it was a screamer,and with the DC hooked up was even louder. Great planer otherwise,I used it for several years and bought a Delta 15"3 hp. with the roller tables in and out. It cost 2X what the Dewalt cost, ran on 220, and was quieter. Lost it in the fire.
Now have a Cutech 700 with CT cutters It is the quietest yet and does a very good job for me on my small projects.

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I have a 735X. Got it on Amazon when they had a deal including a stand, infeed/outfeed trays and extra set of knives. They don't have the stand as part of the package now. It's very accurate and cuts cleanly without snipes. I added the Wixey WR510 Digital Planer Readout, which helps a lot with precision adjustments. I don't have it long enough (3 years) to vouch for longevity.

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I have had a 735 for 17 years. Have never replaced anything but the blades. I use it mainly to remove saw marks from the edge of pieces. I have a 20" spiral head pliner for heavy stuff. The 735 is used about every other day. I have a commercial cabinet shop.
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Video of Cutech pro planer. Spiral head with carbide tips. $690. Lunchbox style.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=zaV10P3SxsE

Amazon reviews (19) of 4.5 stars on the HSS model. About 90 lbs, so semi portable. The company had a good reputation around here.

Not going to trade in my DeWalt (love it), but I'd give the Cutech a good looking over too. One thing I like about the DeWalt is the digital height accessory, but I bet they have one that fits on lunchbox planers.

I only work with new wood without knots, but if I recycled wood or wood with small knots, I'd really go for the pro model Cutech with carbide tips. Not a whole lot more than the spsiral head for the DeWalt.

Cutech introduced itself here years ago with a 6 inch benchtop jointer. Got very good reviews. They now make an 8 inch benchtop jointer with spiral cutter head. Looks very interesting to me, and only about $500. I have a 6 inch Powermatic and love the long table, but as with many of us, wish I'd gotten the 8 inch model instead. Oh well, too soon old, too late wise.

Pix are of the Cutech's top planer and top jointer. Both are spirals with carbide tips as noted and priced above.
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@DesertRatTom ....I paid $474 delivered to my shop door.
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Thank you all for your advice and opinions. I ended up buying the Dewalt 735X and it seems perfect for my current needs and budget. Thanks again.
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