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Helical vs straight blade planers
I've been woodworking for 35+ years but now am retired and am spending more time in the shop. I mainly do furniture projects and am considering updating my entry level thickness plainer which has served me well over the years. My question is--are helical planers that much superior to straight blade planers that they justify the additional cost? They are quieter but is the finish which they produce superior? Is there less chipout? I'm considering a 15" Machine. Any help you tool junkies can give in helping me make this decision would be appreciated.