I have bought the Axminster Perform CCNPT Planer Thicknesser, I am very pleased with it.
I will write a review for the site when I get time, but here are a few comments on why I bought that one and my views on it.
I looked at the Record Power RSPT260, from looking at the pictures on the web, in a number of catalogues and magazines the two machines look to be made in the same factory with a different blades and a different colour paint job.
The thing that changed my mind was the documentation, there are comments on the Record Power forums about being sent manuals that where unreadable copies of copies, on the Axminster site you can down load the manual as a PDF file. In fact the manual that comes with the machine is pants.
The Axminster guy I spoke to on the phone said that the company thought the manual supplied by the factory was so bad they had paid for a new one to be written and that was the PDF I had down loaded.
You need a dust/chip collector if you have one of this type of machine, it is not usable without one in my opinion. The guarding that is required to meet the safety regs stops the machine from being self clearing. I have a Nutool 1hp dust collector that works OK, but the hose will block if you take big cuts on wide timber. Its the sheer volume of long shavings that catch in the guard (to stop bits of 2*1 hitting the impeller) that are the problem. When the dust collection fails the shavings tend to go round again in the cutter block and impact on the timber, they go through the outfeed roller and are crushed into the timber, this leave a busied look.
My long-term solution is a cyclone dust collector, (half built).
The other thing is space. I am lucky, I have a large workshop, but I still need to move things about to allow room for different tasks. The machine is 70Kg, you need the wheels if you need to move it.
The smaller portable thicknessers can work fine, but I think one thing to look at is the number of screws that are used to wind the cutter head up and down. Go to elvch01's site and look at his pictures of his Nutool, it looks to me that there are only two screws, on each side. I think this is why he is having problems with the size of the timber varying and snipe. If you look at the Dewalt DW733 it has four screws, the cutter head is held better and they claim to have a headlock as well
I looked at buying two tools, a planner and a thicknesser so I could go back and forth between them but the cost and extra space needed put me off. The conversion between planing and thicknessing mode on the Perform is only two minutes, not a big problem.
I have used the machine on 5" pine and 4" mahogany, both gave excellent results, in fact the edge on the mahogany was sharp enough to cut my hand while ripping it on the table saw!
I did not mean to write war and peace, sorry.