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Jointer Planer Combo

Manufacturer

Bernardo

Designed in

Austria

Production status

New

  • Bernardo ADM 260 S Back view
  • Bernardo ADM 260 S Spiral Cutterhead
  • Bernardo ADM 260 S jointer planer
  • Bernardo ADM 260 S Fence
  • Bernardo ADM 260 S Raised Tables
  • Bernardo ADM 260 S Mortiser Close Up
  • Bernardo ADM 260 S Mortising Table
Specifications
Jointing width: 250 mm Power: 2000 W
Max jointing depth: 5 mm Tables length: 1080 mm
Type of Cutters: Spiral cutterhead Fence Tilt: 90 / 45 °
Fence length: 700 mm Working height: 990 mm
Planer width: 250 mm Power: 2000 W
Max depth of cut: 1.8 mm Table length: 600 mm
Max workpiece height: 190 mm Feed rate(s): 8m/min
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The Bernardo ADM 260 S is one of the most affordable jointer planers with a spiral cutterhead on the market right now. Its basic design is similar to many imported machines, like those made by Holzmann, HBM, and other brands, but with an upgraded cutterhead.

It is almost identical to the ‘regular’ Bernardo ADM 260, which has normal blades instead of the spiral cutterhead of the S version. It should also not be confused with the AD 260 S (without the M), which is a higher quality, slightly more substantial version. Bernardo rates the ADM series for hobbyists, while the AD series is for semi-professional use.

Spiral Cutterhead

The spiral cutterhead is what makes the ADM 260 S such an interesting machine and sets it apart from its competitors. Spiral cutterheads are quieter, leave a better finish, and last much longer than regular blades. They are also easier to replace and cheaper in the long run. There are 24 individual carbide cutters laid out in a spiral shape on the cutterhead.

Bernardo ADM 260 S Spiral Cutterhead
Spiral cutterhead

Cast iron tables

Its tables are made from cast iron, which is an upgrade compared to Bernardo’s cheaper PT 305 D and PT 260 series, which have a similar size, but have aluminium tables instead.

Features: Infeed roller lever and optional mortising table

The machine also comes with a special lever to engage or disengage the infeed rollers. Additionally, it can also be fitted with an optional mortising table on the side of the machine, which costs about €400 when purchased separately.

Bernardo ADM 260 S Mortising Table
The ADM 260 S with the mortising table attached

Value for money

A

Quality

B

What we don't like

  • Not the best build quality

What we like

  • Spiral cutterhead is a big upgrade compared to regular blades
  • Relatively affordable
  • Optional mortising table
  • Heavy and sturdy machine (160 kg)

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Discussion

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  1. do you sell this planer in the US too ?

    R
    Reinhard Sauter
  2. hi rob
    I’m not very experienced woodworker and it’s difficult for me to decide which machine to buy.
    After many hours spend searching, the only viable option for me came out to be bernardo line.
    My question is: what does mean better build quality for axminster or minimax? I’d really like to buy minimax genius,but I am wondering is minimax or axminster really so much better then bernardo or the one is paying the brand?

    a
    aleksandar
    • Hi Aleksandar,

      I would say the Minimax is a clear step above the other machines and basically you will have a guarantee that you will have a machine that you can use for many years without any problems. The difference between Bernardo and Axminster is a little less, and more in terms of quality control and support.

      I think you can still get good results with the Bernardo, but you’ll need to finetune it yourself to get it accurate, and you might get unlucky with some quality issues (like tables not being flat). And the materials used will be less good and durable.

      But it’s still not a bad machine, and if you are asking if you can get good planing results when you finetune it and set it up, then the answer is yes. The only question is if it will perform the same way in 5 years, and if you get unlucky and get some issues with it, if you get good support from the seller.

      But you always read more bad stories online than good stories, so probably the chances of big problems are not that big in reality. So Bernardo can still be good value for the price.

      Hope that helps!

      Rob

      R
      RobFounder

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Detailed Specifications

All the specs and options for the Bernardo ADM 260 S Jointer Planer

General
Working height990 mm
Weight (standard configuration)160 kg
Motor
Motor Voltage1x 230V
Extra Features and Options
Mortising tableOption
Jointer
Jointing width250 mm
Max depth of cut5 mm
Tables length1080 mm
Type of cuttersSpiral cutterhead
Fence length700 mm
Fence tilt90 / 45°
Planer
Planer Width250 mm
Max depth of cut1.8 mm
Table length600 mm
Max workpiece height190 mm
Feed rate(s)8m/min

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