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.
|Belt Speed||520 m/min|
|Dust Extraction Outlet||35mm|
|Overall L x W x H||500 x 440 x 370mm|
|Power||250W 230V 1ph|
|Table Size, Disc||220 x 150mm|
|Abrasive Disc Diameter||200mm|
|Abrasive Belt Size||100 x 915mm|
19 March 2017
Poor qualityWhen I bought this, I should have sent it straight back but didn't. The plastic guard / dust extract was cheap plastic and didn't fit well. The sander the quality has put me off buying any other Axminster hobby products as I feared the quality would be the same. I kept the sander and put up with it, as I don't do much sanding at all. After 2 years and about 5 hours use in total. I was using the sander and after about 5 minutes the motor became untouchable hot and the sander stopped working. Axminster arranged collection and repaired the sander. They even fitted a new plastic guard / dust extractor which was a different design, so this problem may be sorted on new ones. I plugged my sander in just to check it and it worked fine. A few weeks later I used the sander and after 15 minutes of very light work it did exactly the same thing again. I'm yet to see Axminsters response, but I would not recommend this product at all.
8 January 2017
Belt sanderI bought the hobby belt sander from your warrington store last year but I soon realised that if you sand with a bit of pressure the belt slips I have tried to ajuSt the sander but it's at its limit so I'm stuck with a slipping sander
28 September 2016
AS408 belt sanderReceived the belt sander quickly from Axminster. Assembly was straight forward and easy. When I tried the belt sander out with a small length of timber the machine slowed down after a few minutes and then smelt hot and stopped running. The electric motor was too hot to touch. I had read about a cut out switch in another review but after 30 minutes the machine still would not run. I think I've been unlucky and have got a machine with a defect. I contacted Axminster and they were superb and arranged for the machine to be collected. Contact with axminster was first class and I will order another belt sander from them shortly.
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!
7 February 2015
AS408 Disc & Belt sanderBought 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..