Pros: Powerful machine. Durable enough for production work.
Cons: Heavy. Could use a thickness gage.
I have used this planer in my home shop for 3 years without any major complaints. It is without question a sturdy and relatively bullet proof machine. I can easily take 1/8 of an inch pass in red oak in the widest boards I have tried. (about 12-14 inches). The motor does not appear to bog down at all.
This planer replaced my Delta 12" unit that served me well but was just too slow for me.
I compared this planer to the Delta 15" and with the cost difference, this planer made sense. I also had read good reviews of Jet products in general, and felt I could take the chance on something other than a Delta. Besides, both machines are built outside the U.S. so there was no benefit there.
The benefits of a 3 H.P. planer are obvious. You can take more wood off a board with less passes. As for construction, this unit is loaded with ball bearings. The machine required some initial setup/adjustment which requires one to make a block out of wood and use this as a height reference. I had mine made out of aluminum for perceived better accuracy. Ideally, the machine would be setup correctly at the factory. Maybe my unit was a fluke.
There are 2 complaints I have about this unit. First, on my unit the dust chute exits from the side and chips tend to clog because of this. I do remember reading a review that said a new modified dust chute was in the works.
Secondly, I wish the machine had some sort of accurate thickness gage. Maybe I could avoid making as many passes as I close in on that magical 0.75" mark.