Dear Peter Parfitt,
it does appeared a strange situation regard about buying a Jet-planer!
I do find two brand new JET planers in a woodworking outlet, both on 1 phase.
The JPT 260 for ~£920.- and the JPT 310 for ~£1.186.- (prices with VAT included). Certainly the prices are not in GBP here, i converted already for your comfort.
That's the differences:
JET Jpt 260 Jpt 310
Table size: 1110x260 1400x310
Input kw: 2,65 3,50
Output kw: 1,7 2,2
Feed rate/min: 5,5 7
Weight: 170Kg 230Kg
Voltage: 230V 230V
Amperage: 10A 12,5A
! - the Jpt 310's knive-axe it's replaceable with the helical axe.
In one month cannot find a woodworker in my city who could give me an honest, clear answer regard about which is the bestbuy planer between this two model.
I am a hobbiest, this will be my first own planer and even i prefer to work mostly with hardwood(exotics).
I am not specialized on a specific working object, item, as most of woodworkers.
I didn't know what could appear in time to could solve with the big table of the Jpt-310, but 'till then could be great to get the highest quality is possible.
Resuming: buy the larger machine with the possibbility in time of solving larger/wider lumbers, or buying the smallest machine without any possibilities in future, but better results now.
If it's not a big request, please think for a while and show me the clever way!
Regards from Europe