Hey My old n cheap planer is dead. I was kinda bored of it and I wanted to modify it but didn´t get the result I want. The only thing I didn't like it was the trigger situated on the top part of the planer. now a litlle bit of bla bla bla The point is that I'm not a pro shaper, not even a shaper LOL. I shaped/glass around 8 boards. All were done with big blocks of PU. Removing the excess of the foam was a really pain in the ass and when the "blank" was ready to the real shape part I was so tired. Last time I was in Hossegor, France I bought a real shortboard blank. Few days ago I tried t remove the stringer with a Stanley planer. Daaaaamn, I found it so easy. There's no comparation between the home made blank and the real one. But also making a board from 0 to finish it's an interesting feeling and also when u realise that the board rides as good as u expected. So, I was searching for a normal planer, and with normal I understand - something between cheap and affordable - so I found the Skil one. It's the 1558AA model with 600W motor and made of plastic. I know it's not a planer designed for surf shaping but MAkita KP0810, Hitachi P20SB or Bosch 1594K are above 350€ (430$). For a hobby and shaping just one board/year I think it's not worth. After try it I'll definitelly update.