The depth gauge and beading stop are both there. They show in one of the photo’s. I wish there was some way to avoid that “birds nest” buildup too, but it just happens with all the plough planes. Just be careful that none of that material gets between fence and the work piece. If you push it too far without removing the shavings, it will clog up to the point that yoh have to remove the cutter to get the waste out.