|Jointing width: 260 mm||Power: 2200 W|
|Max jointing depth: 3 mm||Tables length: 1085 mm|
|Type of Cutters: 2 Knife Resharpenable or Replaceable||Fence Tilt: 90-45 °|
|Working height: 845 mm|
|Planer width: 260 mm||Power: 2200 W|
|Max depth of cut: 3 mm||Table length: 400 mm|
|Max workpiece height: 160 mm||Feed rate(s): 5m/min|
The Elektra Beckum HC 260 is one of the classic jointer-planer combinations, and its basic design can be seen in many currently available machines. Its spiritual successor is the Metabo HC 260, which replaced the original after Metabo took over Elektra Beckum in the early 2000s. Another machine that is extremely similar is the Record Power PT260.
There are several versions of the HC 260, which can be distinguished by the letter following the name: HC 260M, HC 260K, HC 260C. There are a few differences, which can impact the value and use quality.
The most important differences are whether the motor is mounted on the side or underneath, and whether the tables are made from cast aluminium or sheet steel.
Having the motor mounted underneath is better, because when using the machine you don’t have to make a big circle when walking around. The aluminium tables also tend to be sturdier and last better over time, although the sheet steel ones are fine if they are still in good condition.
The green versions tend to be a bit older than the blue ones, which come from after Elektra Beckum was bought by Metabo, which makes the blue ones more attractive.
Some machines have a closed stand (to limit the noise), while others are open. Some also come with wheels and a handle, which is quite useful because the machine can weigh up to 80kgs.
The power ranges quite a lot, from under 2000 Watt to 4200 Watt for certain 3-phase motors, making it a very powerful machine for home woodworkers. The motor is integrated and cannot easily be replaced.
There is also a mortising attachment available. The downside of this attachment is that it weighs quite a lot an over time can warp your planer table. You could attach it only when you want to use the mortiser, but this is quite a lot of work and not practical.
Replacement Blades: Most newer machines use disposable blades, while the older ones have resharpenable ones. You can find replacement two-sided disposable blades at Amazon Germany, at Amazon UK, or at eBay.co.uk (slightly cheaper).
New resharpenable blades can be found at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK.
Solid, reliable machine. Good choice for hobbyist woodworkers.
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All the specs and options for the Elektra Beckum HC 260
|Working height||845 mm|
|Weight (standard configuration)||65 kg|
|Total height||410 mm|
|Total width||540 mm|
|Motor Voltage||3x 400V 1x 230V|
|Motor Frequency||50 Hz|
|Extra Features and Options|
|Wheel and handle kit||Option|
|Jointing width||260 mm|
|Max depth of cut||3 mm|
|Tables length||1085 mm|
|Type of cutters||2 Knife Resharpenable or Replaceable|
|Planer Width||260 mm|
|Max depth of cut||3 mm|
|Table length||400 mm|
|Max workpiece height||160 mm|
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