Hitachi Planers - Clark Mod. vs. Non Mod.

There have been some nifty modifications of Hitachi planers as of late by the Swaylocks crew. Question. Is the Clark Modified Hitachi worth the investment, or would I be better of getting my hands on a less expensive non modified Hitachi? Do the modifications help in the final product or are they just conveniences? Any help would be appeciated.

…Buy the Clark version,it’s a better tool.It allows for ajustments while running your planer.The non-mods have a crank knob that you have to spin 50 times to get the blade to go anywhere.Herb