This machine has been in my shop for about two months now, and has been quite a step up in production for me. I have been using it for hard maple and have found power to be good for the size. Don't expect it to hog 1/8" off 8" stock for dimensioning rough stock though. It will bog down and if you aren't ready, will trip the internal breaker. I soon learned (after the first shutoff) that about 1/16" is all round the best cut for initial roughing of wide stock. Properly setup, (lower rollers height above the table) this machine does not snipe. And I mean does not snipe. I did not have to adjust them at all, but did confirm they were set at the lowest distance recommended by Grizzly. This is the key to low or no snipe. If you continue to have snipe problems after the adjustment, try running stock through at a slight angle. This usually improves the quality on short pieces, especially. The carbide cutters are invaluable, and I wouldn't buy any planer/jointer without them. No serious craftsman would attempt to use material straight from the machine without properly preparing it for finish, such as hand planing or sanding, depending on your preference. That being said, the cutters do not present a problem at all, and any "scalloping" left by the cutters is very easily removed in the process. I have several Grizzly machines, and consider them to be good quality tools. When I compared this machine to the Jet planer of the same size, they appear almost identical, so the duration of warranty was the only thing they were asking many hundreds of dollars more for. I opted to go with Grizzly, because I have found Grizzly customer service to be responsive and knowledgable. All manufacturers will have problems with products from time to time, but I have not had any major issues with any of my four machines.