hello all, hope every one had a good holiday. I am looking for every ones thoughts on wood planers. I got my grandfathers planer when he passed away it was a craftmens planer that he bought from sears back in 1985. I went out to the shop to do some wood working and to get away from in laws. I ran a rough board of maple threw the planer, it went threw good the first time but the second pass the old girl started to vibrate really bad and it was taking chunks out of my wood. After doing a very in depth inspection I found were the side with my adjustment wheel was that it had cracked away from the base of the machine causing every thing to move up and down. I was looking at dewalt, ridged, jet and a couple others. I was told to stay away from the wood planers from Canadian tire. Also I was told to get a planer with a spiral cutter head. Can you guys offer me some good advice on what to get. do i look at one with 2 or 3 straight knives, or a spiral cutter head. Do i get a 2 speed planer.
Is it better to get a 13 inch one or one like i had from sears. Thanks for all your help.
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