I am going to get a planer in the next couple months and have been keeping my eyes open for a good deal on a user planer. I know that certain manufacturers have a particular tool that they are well known for (ie. mikita, bosch = scms, ...).
Which companies are known for making a good, solid planer? I don't have a tonne of money too spend ... looking at around $300 or $400 or less if I can find used.