That planer design looks several generations old, kind of like my venerable delta 12 incher. It works pretty well, but you do have to allow for a few inches of 'snipe' at either end of the board you plane.
I haven't shopped for a planer (Since I have the old delta), but if I was in the market for one, I'd look for one that reduces or eliminates snipe.
It's not that big of a deal to me, so I just keep using what I got...
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