The prices are as follows: Buy a bench top planer every two years for 10 years because the old one keeps wearing out. $350 x 5 = $1750
Lost time from multiple extra thin passes: 1 hr/ week x 520 weeks @ $35/hr = $18,200
Lost material from sniping, and chipping $5 week x 520 weeks $2,600
A good used Parks 15, Powermatic 15" or Delta 13" (all used, 220V, and cast iron) $750
Sell at the end of 10 years $750
Actual cost less grease, oil, sharpening, electricity, and the lost time value of money total = $0.00
Hmmm...$21.700 vs $0.00 Now which is the better deal? A smooth clean cut with a hold-down roller and breaker bar, or a table top toy? Better yet, with the Parks, Delta, or Powermatic you continue to support U.S. made products and create a market flow for U.S. goods. Yes, I do know that some of the new Delta products are being farmed out to foreign jobbers, but if you buy an old quality tool it will be U.S. made and at least by a U.S. owned company. The toy planers are just false economy.