A cast iron base and cast iron table are two essential ingredients for many woodworking machines, particularly those with a reciprocating mechanism where the weight of the cast iron can help to minimise vibration. Powered by a 90W motor and with a capacity of 50mm under the guide (a realistic depth of cut would be 20mm with the right blade), the Axminster Hobby AWFS16 scroll saw has a 400mm(16") throat, with a table which tilts over to a full 0-45°. The two blade arms are independently pivoted which gives a straight up-and-down motion to the blade and a better quality of cut. A small blower tube is positioned alongside the blade; this keeps the work area clear of dust and gives a clear view of the cutline. This machine accepts pinned blades, which can be placed in the machine either in line or at 90° if cutting longer lengths of material. For fine work, unpinned blades can also be used. A compact and neat design to suit most hobby users. Supplied with a pack of assorted Pegas, Swiss made blades, blower nozzle, eye guards and service tools. A wide range of either pinned or unpinned blades is available.
|Cuts per Minute||1,400|
|Max Depth of Cut||50mm, (20mm recommended)|
|Overall L x W x H||540 x 250 x 330mm|
|Table Size||368 x 220mm|
|Dust Extraction Outlet||31mm|
15 February 2017
PoorHad one of these for a couple of years now. Hardly ever use it because of the poor quality. The price is a big clue about this model, you get what you pay for as they say. It will only take Pinned blades even though it claims you can use pinless blades. To do so you need special adaptors that are not supplied and Axminster don't seem to stock them. So you are stuck with pinned blades. Also the tension mechanism is difficult to release once you set it to the right tension. The extraction system clogs very easily and the plastic blade guide in the table gets in the way when trying to fit new blades. I have to remove the underside cover every time I want to fit a new blade. I have now taken to leaving the cover off altogether which is a H&S hazard but if I don't it's just a hassle. There is no work clamp to hold material to the surface while you cut, this means the the blades catch and jerk the work off the table surface, this is dangerous particularly if you are working on small items. I do Intarsia and often have to make cuts with my finger close to the blade. The catching makes it difficult to hold safely.
25 December 2016
Not what I expectedIf I wanted to use only pinned blades, I would have been very pleased with my purchase. However, I particularly wanted to use pinless blades and fitting those turned out to be a nightmare. I could put up with fiddly, but what wasn't any use to me was a scroll saw which my wife wasn't strong enough to change the blades on. She could manage the pinned blades with ease, but no matter how much the tension knob was loosened she couldn't physically push down the mounting point far enough to put the top barrel in place. Even with only the very smallest amount of blade being grabbed by the barrels, it was a real struggle for me and when I did managed to get it on, the little protruding part of the barrels wouldn't locate in the holder properly. The tension of the blade was about 4 octaves higher than it should have been, without applying additional tension with the adjusting knob so had to return it to Axminster for a refund.
20 July 2016
My first scroll sawVery happy with the price of this bit of kit and comes with the usual Axminster quality. Personally I prefer the pin end blades but you are limited to what size blades you can use. The finer blades for more intricate work are all flat/plain end. On this particular model it is a real pain to use these blades due to the blade holders. Many other scroll saws have a quick release method which is so simple I really don't know why the Axminster one doesn't copy it. I would happily pay for a bolt on accessory if they sold one. Otherwise I am very happy with this saw. I have already made some very cool stuff and am sure it will get tonnes of use
20 November 2015
Top value for money.I can't fault this saw at all, very quiet and almost vibration free. Very pleased and it's top value for the money.
5 August 2015
well worth itExcellent little machine havn`t even fastened to my bench, very little vibration,very quiet cuts like a trojan.