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#1 posted 236 days ago

Lot of older combination machines on ebay in the UK.

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#2 posted 236 days ago

Aaron, forget about buying a machine on ebay in the UK. finding a seller who will ship a machine to Ireland will be nearly impossible or it would require a pallet delivery that is going to cost you a ton of money.
Having two machines or not comes down to how much space you have. A combi machine won’t take up as much room as separates and you can switch over modes in less than a minute. Even though the tables are cast aluminium they won’t go out of alignment if you treat them gently. The only surface planers I have seen in Ireland under a grand are like toys – ‘Woodstar’ for instance.

I have seen HC260’s on donedeal.ie for €550 – and they are a cracking machine. If you can, get an old one (Elektra Beckum) with low use – the one with the bed adjustment on top is the one to get. The newer one with the bed height adjuster at the leg is not as substantial a machine. You will need a dust extractor to go with it.

6” thicknessing capacity is loads, there may be the odd time when you want 7 or 8” but you can do that on the saw and surface it.

Other options are the 10” Scheppach, there seems to be a few of those about, or a Record. There was a 1998 12” SCM combi on ebay.ie for €950 recently. Don’t ever buy anything made by SIP for woodworking unless you like being disappointed.

If you do end up with a HC260, only use genuine knives, generic ones like appleby are useless.

If you do find a planer/thicknesser and buy it, no matter what make, DON’T PICK IT UP BY THE TABLES.
Two lengths of 3×2 in the thicknesser in-feed and wind the bed up tight, then get a mate, or possibly your Dad to grab one end and carry it like a stretcher.

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#3 posted 236 days ago

There’s a HC260 + Spa 1200 Dust Extractor on Donedeal at the moment in Limerick, both still boxed for €750.

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#4 posted 236 days ago

@ renners- thanks so much for your very helpful input and the 3×2 trick for carrying it. I think the HC260 is the model that is most suited for me. Although I have seen it in blue ( the one for sale on handyhardware.ie) and I have seen the green model which I haven’t seen for sale except on ebay

Is the green model the older and better version?

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#5 posted 236 days ago

To the best of my knowledge Metabo bought out Elektra Beckum about 10 years ago, there has been a transitional period wherein all the blue Elektra Beckum machinery was rebadged Metabo, still with the blue paint scheme, and it’s only recently that the same machines have been fully rebranded, with the Metabo logos and green/silver colours.

The version I recommend you look for will be blue with the Elektra Beckum logos. The design is slightly different because the height adjustment handle is at the top. This is the advice that was given to me by the guy at McQuillans when I was looking for a P/T. At the time, he told me the newer machines, with the height adjustment at the leg had rougher castings and problems with the three cut off sensors – which the older machine doesn’t have. The old and the new machines are basically the same, but the older one was just a little better made.

You can use the age as a bargaining point too if you buy used. The best one of the lot is the Elektra Beckum HC260M (not C) which is equipped with cast iron tables and resharpenable tungsten carbide knives and a cabinet stand, but they might be as rare as hen’s teeth in Ireland.

If it gives you an idea of the longevity of these machines, the P/T in my son’s schools woodwork class is an Elektra Beckum HC260 from the late 80’s – I looked at the name plate during the open evening, and according to my son, it’s still going strong.

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#6 posted 235 days ago

Thanks, I think I’ll buy the newer model (HC260c) because going to limerick for the older model isn’t really an option but thanks anyway for your advise on the the P/T

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