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    Rockwell RK5259K ProGrade Planer, 7.0 $75

    I've never done any shaping before so I don't know if this is a good planer for shaping boards.
    But, just in case it is I thought I'd share this deal I came across on woot.

    *For those not familiar with woot, this deal is only good for today or until supply lasts.*

    Rockwell RK5259K ProGrade Planer, 7.0 Amp, 3-1/4-Inch

    Features:
    7.0 Amp 3-1/4" power planer
    Specially designed for high-precision accuracy
    Unique left-right chip ejection allows the user to exhaust wood chips in either direction
    A safety lock-off switch prevents accidental starts
    Lock-on switch for continuous use
    Industrial aluminum base with V-groove
    Soft ergonomic comfort grip handle
    Front micro-depth adjustment knob
    Comfortable design with large two-finger trigger control
    Includes Edge Guide, Rabbet Guide, Dust Adapter, Dust Bag and Carrying Case

    Specifications
    Voltage: 120V~60Hz
    Power: 7 Amps
    Power Source: Corded/Electric
    No-load Speed: 12,000 rpm
    Planing Width: 3-1/4"
    Planing Depth: 0~1/8"
    Rabbet Capacity: 15/16"
    Cord Length: 10' (feet)
    Dimensions: 9.1" x 12" x 17.3"
    Weight: 11.20 lbs

    In the Box:

    (1) Rockwell RK5259K ProGrade 7 Amp, 3-1/4 Inch Power Planer
    (1) Edge Guide
    (1) Rabbet Guide
    (1) Dust Adapter
    (1) Dust Bag
    (1) Carrying Case

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    My favorite budget planer that I have tried is the Bosch
    http://www.boschtools.com/Products/T...aspx?pid=1594K

    That said, the Rockwell specs actually look better. The 7amp motor is nice. Reversible dust chute is nice. 1/8" depth is nice. Hard to say for sure from the pictures if any of that bulk on the sides will get in the way, but based on the specs for the price it looks like a steal.

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    The Bosch is an excellent starter planer... but you want the model you've shown, with the two-blade barrel. I've not used the Rockwell. Looks plenty powerful, though.