In the past, some of the boards I've purchased for some basic woodworking projects have had "chew" marks on them. Very small and almost undetectable, but quickly seen when you stain the board. I've learned to check out the board under various angles to see the deviations so that I can make sure that I've sanded it enough to remove the chew marks (not sure if that's what they're called).
Anyway, I'm thinking of buying a portable thickness planer - looking at the Dewalt DW733, the Delta 22-580, and the Makita 2012NB. I have a reasonable selection of woods available to me in Santa Fe, but the boards are usually far too rough and the amount of sanding required would be ridiculous.
Do these portable thickness planers do a reasonable job of smoothing a rough board? Does anyone have any experience with the three models I've mentioned above?