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Nicky Williamson06/09/2010 13:46:47
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I am considering buying the Scheppach hms 2600ci planer thicknesser. I can't work out from specification info whether surface planer fence can stay in place when using the thicknesser. I don't want to have to refit fence each time I want to surface plane. Is the change over a quick and easy operation?
Can anyone comment on possible disadvantages of only having two knives in cutter block? Most of the other machines in this price bracket have 3.  thanks. Nicky
Big Al06/09/2010 15:59:09
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I bought a sheppach HMS 260 planer 10 years ago, and no the fence does not stay attached when thicknessing. To remove the fence you just pull it upwards, a matter of seconds. In fact it is a very quick operation to change from one mode to the other.
Although this planer only has 2 knives I always get a very good result from mine. One advantage of only having 2 knives is that they are cheaper to sharpen and replace.
jay 108/09/2010 17:50:12
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i have one of the sheppach hms ci I have had a few planners but the the finish is secound to none great planner wish the tables were longer
Olly Parry-Jones09/09/2010 16:33:51
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Welcome to the forum.
I wouldn't worry too much about the number of knives you have, since you'll presumably be spending time later on sanding and further preparing the machine surfaces ready for finishing. Just make sure they're sharp when you come to machine something with tricky grain, or else you could end up with a fair bit of tearout to deal with... 
Also, always feed the timber so that the knives are cutting with the grain direction, not against it. Taking shallower cuts as you approach your finished size on the thicknesser also helps.
After any thicknessing operation, make sure the areas below the table are clear of sawdust and shavings before you drop the bed back down again - otherwise, you may well find the surfacing tables are slightly out of alignment (DAMHIKT ). This is a 'fault' of all planer thicknessers, by the way.

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