Axminster Hobby Series AS408 Belt & Disc Sander
Axminster Hobby Series AS408 Belt & Disc Sander
£259.96 (£216.63 Ex. VAT)

Axminster Hobby Series AS408 Belt & Disc Sander

Code: 501257

  • 250W 230V induction motor with no-volt-release switch
  • Table can be used either on the disc or on the belt
  • Captive bolts to change elevation of sanding belt
  • Guard assembly fits accurately around disc
  • Dust extraction point under table
  • Quick action belt tension release
  • Supplied with a high quality Hermes self-adhesive disc and 100 x 915mm belt
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Frequently Bought Together

  • Axminster Hobby Series AS408 Belt & Disc Sander
  • Mixed Pack of Sanding Belts 100 x 915mm
  • Axminster Abrasive Belt Cleaner - Standard (210 x 40 x 40)
  • Hermes Mixed Pack of 10 Self Adhesive Discs 150mm (60-150G)
Total: £296.49

In Detail

Hobby Classification & 3 Year Guarantee

A belt and disc sander that will appeal to those hobby woodworkers looking for a better quality sander than the run of the mill. The main cast iron body houses both the motor and the no-volt-release switch, as well as forming the mounting point for the sanding table. The table can be used either on the 200mm disc or on the 100mm wide belt when raised from the horizontal to the vertical position. Changing the elevation of the sanding belt is easy using two very accessible captive bolts which, when loosened, allow the table to be rotated to either position. For added safety, especially when the sander is elevated into the vertical position, the belt has guarding at the back and just below the sanding stop fence. The generous-sized sanding platform can be used with either the disc or the belt and is both easy to adjust and firm when locked in position. Many sanders have no guarding behind the disc or at best a poorly fitting guard. The AS408, however, has an excellent guard assembly which fits accurately around the disc and incorporates a dust extraction point under the table. The 35mm extraction outlet is coupled to the belt so that the extraction can be left fixed to the one outlet and both functions of the machine used without the need to disconnect the dust extraction hose. The belt change is simplicity itself with a quick action belt release and simple tracking controls. Supplied with a self-adhesive disc, aluminium mitre fence and standard 100 x 915mm belt.



Abrasive Belt Size 100 mm x 915 mm
Abrasive Disc Diameter 200 mm
Belt Speed 520 m/min
Dust Extraction Outlet 35 mm
Model AS408
Nett Weight 18 kg
Overall L x W x H 500 mm x 440 mm x 370 mm
Power 250 W
Rating Hobby
Table Size, Disc 150 mm x 220 mm
Voltage 230 V
Reviews (5)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 4 out of 5 based on 5 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews



12 August 2016

Knocks the spots off other similar machines in the same 'hobby' bracket.

After looking round at other makes of 6 inch and 8 inch combined disc and belt sanders this one stood out from the crowd. It is solidly built with a powerful motor so you can give it some grief if you need to. After having mine for a few weeks it suddenly stopped working and I thought it had developed a fault. After some investigation and a few emails with the very helpful Axminster customer support it was found that this later model was fitted with a thermal protection system to prevent the motor overheating and burning out. This is not a problem for the hobby user unless like me you are passionate about turning segmented bowls and vases and have a LOT of sanding to do. If, on the odd occasion, the thermal system kicks in I just go and make a brew while it cools down. It forces me to have a break which is not a bad thing!

The rest is fully adjustable and easy to set up but there is a little play in the mitre fence. I have yet to find a machine that does not suffer from this unless you are spending big bucks. You can always tweak it as I have done by cutting a slot and tapping in (cutting a thread not using a hammer!) an adjustment screw to the sliding bar (Done this with my old table saw and band saw and improves accuracy no end) or give it to the cat to play with and make a better one yourself! The belts are easy to fit and run true with very little initial adjustment needed so you are not spending a lot of time faffing about whenever you fit a new belt. The discs are self adhesive which means you cannot swap out one grit for another without destroying the current disc. To get round this I fitted a hook and loop (velcro) pad as I swap grades on a regular basis but this is not necessary if you are happy with one general grade for most of your work. There is an extractor attachment for disc which does help but not for the belt (not possible as belt sanding kicks out dust in all directions regardless of machine) but you really should be wearing a mask for prolonged use. I use a hose round the back of the machine from the dust extraction system which helps but it is advisable wear protection anyway. You do not know what you are breathing in, particularly if you are sanding spalted timber!

It is worth pointing out that when you buy replacement discs and belts they are reasonably priced to start with but Axminster offer a discount the more you buy which could save you around 20%. Also, it is well worth investing in an Abrasive Belt & Disc Cleaner (Code: 310398) if you do a lot of end grain sanding on softwood. The block cleans out the resinous debris from the abrasive and prolongs the life of the belt or disc.

Rick Scrine

7 February 2015

AS408 Disc & Belt sander

Bought mine in Nov 2011 and given fair use - not abused . Has just failed in Feb 2015. Lack of power, much vibration, Burning plastic smell , tripped RCD repeatedly and would not restart..
To me all symptoms of motor failure. Took it back to local Axminster who were slightly sympathetic but because it was 2 months over the 3 years they would charge me £15 to "send it away" and the chance of getting my £15 or anything else back was slim.
I declined their offer to throw good money after bad.
It did what it was supposed to do for about 30 months but I did not recognise the warning signs of vibration and loss off power early enough.
When I bought it, I could have bought cheaper elsewhere but thought that buying Axminster might mean that there would be support / spares available in the future - wrong.
The motor is rated at 250W output compare this to other machines with a smaller disc (less load on 6" disc) with 500W motors
Axminster do not appear to do replacement motors.
I shall be more vigilant with the Circular saw that I bought from Axminster last Year.

Gunnar Langemark, Denmark

30 April 2014

Very usefull

This little tool surprised me in being such a valuable addtition to my workshop. The machine comes with a few minor flaws - but the general construction is rigid, massive and well thought out. The disc guard is in plastic and not unbreakable. Don't lose small objects inside it. The mitre-fence arrangement is simple but ajustable and rigid enough to hold an angle set.
The sanding belts and discs are good quality and don't wear easily.
I can reccommend this little wonder as a welcome addition to the well assorted workshop.
Buy dust extraction while you're at it, or get dust all over your workshop and in your lungs. :)
I bought this in 2009, and it's still going strong.

Nic Guthrie

23 October 2013

Capable machine, but PPE / Air filter will be needed.

Sets up fairly quickly, with only one particularly tough bit - While setting up the disk part, the screw that holds the disk tight on the shaft needs put in place almost 6 inches inside the plastic cowling, thru a hole not much bigger than the screw. Putting the screw in place before the disk helps, then a bright light to make sure it's aligned before putting the screwdriver in the hole.
There's a bit of a design flaw with the dust extraction. It's excellent on the disk side, non-existent on the belt. The small dust port and the shape of the entry into the disk area forms a near perfect whistle - you are really going to want to wear ear defenders if you have a strong extractor!
Tensioning on the belt is a bit basic and the aluminium disk & table and plastic dust shroud & mitre gauge all felt a little on the cheap side for the price.
Decent wee machine, but the amount of dust thrown off the belt makes air filters / PPE essential. I'd give it 3.5 stars if halves were possible.

Mike King

13 September 2013

more useful than you would guess

I bought the original, cream liveried version of this some years ago and have used it consistently. This in itself is testament to the design and solid construction of the machine. Let's be clear, there are cheaper, lighter weight and smaller disc sized models and there are larger, significantly more accurate and expensive models - but this is better than 'hobby' and once you have one at your disposal, you'll not know how you did without it. All sorts of fine shaping can be accomplished and the eight inch disc gives a good enough surface area for most domestic applications. It's well worth buying the rubber belt cleaning tool, too - saves pounds on new belts. A good, adaptable bit of kit. 'Not five stars 'coz I think it's relatively pricier than it used to be!
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