I’m interested in upgrading my bench top planer to a more robust floor model. I’ve read a few reviews on 15″ machines and looked at a couple. My shop doubles as a garage so I need a machine that is capable of being moved into place for use and otherwise stored. I have a few friends that I have talked to that suggest a 20″ machine as a 15 is at the bottom of the mid sized machines.
I’m considering the Powermatic 209, although the Grizzly 0454 has a very attractive price. Both of which are 20″ machines. Does anyone have suggestions or recommendations of what machines are better and which are less desirable?
Bear in mind that I’m an amateur woodworker and this machine will never see more than several hours use a year. I’m wondering if a 20″ machine is overkill and I can get away with a 15?
Any feedback is greatly appreciated.