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I just bought this CUTECH /40700HC-CT portable 12 1/2" planer and set it up the last week. I had an old Delta that ran good but the feed rollers wouldn't grab the wood and I would end up having to push the board through with a pusher stick. That is unsafe to begin with and a PITA besides. So I spent about a month reading reviews and pricing out the different planers. I settled on the Cutech because the reviews were good, and it has a spiral cutter head with carbide cutters for less than $500., $379. to be exact + shipping http://www.cutechtool.com/product-p/40700hc-ct.htm They make the General International portable planer. They have several models, and combinations in each model of straight HS blades, Straight carbide blades, HS Spiral cutters, and Carbide Spiral cutters. I bought the basic model with the Carbide Spiral cutters, I don't need all the bells and whistles on the higher priced models. They come with a 2 year warranty, which I hope I never have to use. The Manual was very good for setting up the planer and checking out the table, and operating the planer. I ran a few rough sawn boards thru and they came out very smooth. I ran a maple burl through and it came out from a chainsaw rough surface to a nice even surface,but a ted rough like sandpaper,but no tearout. I haven't given it a good workout yet, but like what I have seen so far. The best part so far too, is the noise level is less than 2/3rds of what the Delta or my old Dewalt 735 . I have it stting along side of my PC benchtop jointer and it is noticeably quieter than the jointer. Manual http://www.cutechtool.com/v/40700H ver17.03.20.pdf Herb