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For a 20” planer, this thing has a small foot print. Nothing like it on the market to my knowledge. Digital height readout and is accurate, machine is smooth running and quiet. I mean, really quite. I registered about 78 decibels standing right next to it while running and around 89 while planing. In real life, it sounds about half as loud as my previous straight knife planer. The surface finish on planed material is similar to other helical cutters I’ve used- micro ridges that sand out easily. Straight knives will yield a smoother surface but also suffer from more tear-out where grain changes direction. The fit and finish on the machine is excellent and the design is really a huge step forward.