But then again, if you need the use of a thickness planer-- It's there. Parts are still available, and...
I "hear" it was the same manufacturer for that Craftsman as the Delta's and Ryobi's of that same time period (mid-90's)... So it is comparable to those. I've heard some here swear by those older Delta's. Some tend to talk down on the Ryobi's, but I chuckle, knowing they were all made by the same company (import).
"Don't worry, I saw this work in a cartoon once."
"Usually learning skills and tooling involves a progression of logical steps."