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Jointer Planer Combo



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  • Axminster Trade AT260SPT Planer Thicknesser
  • Axminster Trade AT260SPT Spiral Cutterhead
  • Axminster Trade AT260SPT Planer Thicknesser in Action
  • Axminster Trade AT260SPT Planer Thicknesser Folding Tables

    There is a special ledge to store the fence when in thicknessing mode.

  • Axminster Trade AT260SPT Planer Thicknesser Fence

    The fence has stops for the 90 and 45 degree positions.

  • Axminster Trade AT260SPT Planer Thicknesser front View
Jointing width: 260 mm Power: 2200 W
Max jointing depth: 4 mm Tables length: 1100 mm
Type of Cutters: 44 four-sided cutters Fence Tilt: 90-45 °
Planer width: 260 mm Power: 2200 W
Max depth of cut: 2 mm
Max workpiece height: 190 mm Feed rate(s): 5m/min
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The Axminster Trade AT260SPT is one of the most affordable planer thicknessers (jointer planer) with a spiral cutterhead. Except for the cutterhead, it is identical to Axminster’s normal AT260PT (without the S).

Spiral Cutterhead

The AT260SPT has 44 individual tungsten carbide cutters, which have four sharp sides. When one sharp side gets dull, or damaged, you can unscrew it, rotate it 90 degrees and return to using the machine.

Spiral cutterheads are quieter than normal planer blades, last longer due to having four sharp sides instead of one (or 2 on throwaway blades), and also deal better with difficult grains and knotty wood. They are also easier to set up, and don’t need to be calibrated every time they are replaced.


What makes this planer thicknesser special is not just that it has a spiral cutterhead, but also the price at which it delivers that. Not many brands offer machines of this size with spiral cutters in the first place, and the ones that do are significantly more expensive.

Usually if a product is offered at a low price, there have been some sacrifices, either in features or in quality. This does not seem to be the case here, and most user reviews are very favorable. The only downsides mentioned is that calibration can be a bit of a pain and that you need to remove the fence every time you switch between planing and thicknessing.

There is also a larger version of this machine, called the AT310SPT, which other than being bigger, is almost identical.

Included Features

One interesting feature that is standard on this machine is the digital height gauge. On most other machines this is an optional feature you need to pay extra for.

Replacement Cutters: If you need to replace some of the cutters, Axminster sells replacement TCT cutters in packs of 10.

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Machine Atlas Verdict

Best (and perhaps only) choice for people looking for an affordable jointer planer with spiral cutterhead.

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What we don't like

  • On the small side for professionals, both width and length of the tables
  • Calibrating properly isn’t easy
  • Fence needs to be removed when switching to thicknessing

What we like

  • Cast iron tables
  • Spiral cutterhead
  • Large, heavy fence
  • Digital height gauge included

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  1. Are you sure the mobile base is included in this AT260SPT planer thicknesser? It doesn’t say it is on the Axminster website or in the catalogue, they do show it as an £150 accessory.

    Darren Bullough
    • Hi Darren, it might have been a temporary deal at the time I was writing this article. I’ve updated it now to correct this. Thanks for pointing it out.


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Detailed Specifications

All the specs and options for the Axminster Trade AT260SPT Planer Thicknesser

Weight (standard configuration)182 kg
Total height970 mm
Total width900 mm
Motor Voltage1x 230V
Extra Features and Options
Mobile BaseOption
Digital Height GaugeIncluded
Jointing width260 mm
Max depth of cut4 mm
Tables length1100 mm
Type of cutters44 four-sided cutters
Fence tilt90-45°
Planer Width260 mm
Max depth of cut2 mm
Max workpiece height190 mm
Feed rate(s)5m/min

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