Thanks for the feedback, I did think I might be better just waiting and possibly investing in something a little bit more meatyIve this one at home.
Could be better.
The fence is ok, but the markings for the angles are near impossible to read, and its not a smooth action setting it up, more jerky which is a total pain trying to get something exactly right.
Supplied knives I think are made of soft cheese or that could be just me
Thicknesser, especially on hard hardwood like maple its got a tendency to vibrate, which to me would indicate a lack of pressure from the rollers, but its ok, though again roller pressure tends to be poor in that its best to help a board go through. Tendency to snipe at the end , due to the short bed- here I'd recommend strongly making an extension by laying a melamine covered thick board on it.
There are safety switches under the table to be activated by the plastic dust chute, which isnt needed in my opinion, and are a total pain in the proverbial trying to sit the chute so it catches them, especially with the handle being at the opposite end.
I forgo the chute in place of a bit of timber, which is easier to hold in place as you raise the table to engage it. Here youre working blind by feel, and its totally dumb. In fact i nearly had a sparks take the F£$%^& thing off its that tricky.
If i had the choice again i'd have gone with a stand alone thicknesser(axminster spiral) and a stand alone planer(axminster CT1502), or had the room, a 2nd hand cast iron affair. Or maybe one of the trade rated, step up ones like the axminster AW106PT2
But at the time that was all i could afford.
Suggestion - save and buy something like the AW106. Doesnt have to be axminster, but of that type rather than the cheapest.
I had the same problem with my fence until I did a simple mod.I've got the Metabo HC260c which is the same as the PT. The fence in planing mode has to checked each time you use it for square. Thicknessing is ok. I would like to change to spiral cutter head, maybe one day.