I have the Ridgid two blade planer, no issues with it. I recently got some exotic wood, red marble wood to be specific, and planed it down to make a chess board. This wood seemed to kill my blades pretty quickly. It also killed my band saw blade but that one has been in use for a while and not unexpected.
So should I just keep getting HSS blades or are there carbide blades that have a longer life? I think the spiral head is out of the question due to cost. Any recommendations for blades?