This jointer opens up a new world that allows you to control not only your edge, but now also the face.Long beds controlled by smooth hand wheels (rather than levers) & a strong precision fence with rack & pinion adjustments sets this jointer apart, all at a very reasonable price.It is the ultimate indulgence for the demanding woodworker. Of course a jointer in this class would not be complete without the ultimate cutterhead which is why this machine comes standard with Laguna’s exclusive ShearTec II head.TheLaguna ShearTec II is at the cutting edge of Spiral Cutterhead technology today. Deep gullets allow chips to exit fast & keep the head clean. The inserts are made from thicker solid German carbide & set into the head on a flat surface rather than a cone design. This allows more torque to be used when tightening the inserts. All of the inserts are slightly angled to give a shear type cut with low impact & less kick-back action. The leading edge is crowned to minimize lines appearing. Laguna ShearTec II heads are all 6 row; most competitors’ heads offer just 3 or 4 rows. There obviously are a host of benefits associated from the additional rows: More carbide inserts, longer life, less noise and vibration, less kick-back & smoother finish.