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865 €

Jointing width: 260 mm Power: 2200 W
Max jointing depth: 3 mm Tables length: 1040 mm
Type of Cutters: Two replaceable two-sided knives Fence Tilt: 90-45 °
Working height: 960 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

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The Metabo HC260 jointer-planer combination is the successor of the original Elektra Beckum HC260, with a few modifications. It is one of the most popular mobile jointer planers, and one of the most affordable among the ‘reliable’ manufacturers.

Unlike the earlier Elektra Beckum models, the Metabo HC 260 cannot be upgraded with a mortiser. The fence of the two models is actually very similar and the Metabo one can be used on older EB models. The blade guard has been changed, however, and now can be raised or lowered at the end of the outfeed table.

Some versions come with resharpenable blades and some with two-sided replaceable blades. The throwaway blades are generally preferable, because you only have to align them with the tables once, and then you can maintain the same setting forever. They are also not very expensive.

To convert the machine from jointing to planing mode, one side of the tables needs to be taken off, the dust-port flipped over and secured to the body of the machine. This should take no more than 2 minutes.

Value for money




What we don't like

  • Not the cheapest machine for a hobbyist

What we like

  • Solid quality, good planing results
  • Reliable build quality, no big variations
  • Easy to move around

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Detailed Specifications

All the specs and options for the Metabo HC260 Planer Thicknesser

Working height960 mm
Weight (standard configuration)71 kg
Total height960 mm
Total width620 mm
Motor Voltage3x 400V 1x 230V
Planer Width260 mm
Max depth of cut3 mm
Table length400 mm
Max workpiece height160 mm
Feed rate(s)5m/min
Jointing width260 mm
Max depth of cut3 mm
Tables length1040 mm
Type of cuttersTwo replaceable two-sided knives
Fence tilt90-45°

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