I have been using a Dewalt 735 for the past 3 years and knew I needed to upgrage to something with more power and I finally did, this Jet is 15 inches and 3 HP. I've read many reviews on many planers and they are all mixed. The only thing I miss from the Dewalt is the built in stops at 1/2, 3/4 etc. This machine has worked flawlessly, I've plained a mix of Red Oak, Cherry and Poplar, so far around 100 board feet in all and there are no signs of the blades starting to dull. What used to take 2-3 passes in the Dewalt now takes 1. Overall I am very pleased with this planer and would definately recommend it.