Re: Thickness planers and blades.
While the cost of replacement blades is important, the performance of the planer IMO trumps that. A planer with inexpensive replacement blades but that constantly also has a snipe problem will cost you more in the long run when wasted wood is factored into the formula. Concentrate on making the best choice quality wise that your budget will allow when choosing your planer and you'll be much happier with your choice down the road.
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