Axminster Hobby Series HBS200N Bandsaw

Code: 102266

Axminster Hobby Series HBS200N Bandsaw

Code: 102266

£176.95 (£147.46 Ex. VAT)

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Key Features

Hobby Classification & 3 Year Guarantee
  • Compact, hobby rated machine with cast iron table
  • Rigid body construction allows high blade tension for increased accuracy
  • Upper and lower copper blade guides, gives better blade control
  • Rigid, quick locking rip fence, doors fitted with safety switches
  • Useful depth of cut - 80mm with 200mm width of cut
  • Supplied with 6mm 6tpi blade and rip fence

In Detail

The Axminster Hobby Series HBS200N bandsaw is our smallest model and is designed to be bench mounted. It features a welded steel chassis with a cast iron table for strength and stability as well as a solid rip fence which locks rigidly. It’s a straightforward machine, with a direct drive motor and balanced cast alloy wheels. Blade width capacities range from 6-13mm; it also has copper blade guides and ball bearing thrust guides. These combine to effectively control the blade allowing thin slices of veneer to be cut and the top guide even has a rack and pinion height control. The top wheel is mounted in a welded steel sub frame with blade tensioning and tracking controls conveniently close. A single dust outlet port provides efficient dust removal when connected to a suitable vacuum extractor. The machine is supplied with a 6mm, 6tpi blade made from UK manufactured stock. This is a really effective little bandsaw and would be superb for the hobby or craft workshop or as an additional machine for smaller work.

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Blade Length 1,400mm
Blade Speed 800 m/min
Blade Width Min\Max 6-13mm
Dust Extraction Outlet 40mm
Max Depth of Cut 80mm
Max Width of Cut 200mm
Max Width of Cut with Fence 102mm
Model HBS200N
Nett Weight 20kg
Overall L x W x H 330 x 270 x 700mm
Power 250W 230V 1ph
Rating Hobby
Table Height 290mm
Table Size 300 x 300mm
Table Tilt 0-45°
Wheel Diameter 200mm
Min Extraction Airflow Required 200m³/hr
Reviews (4)

Reviews (4)


Brian King

8 August 2016

Excellent machine

I can't really add more to the other reviews except to say that I agree with all that they say. I went in to the store to buy a Jet bandsaw, but was invited to look at the new Axminster model which hadn't been fully set up on show, but was obviously of better build quality than the Jet and it took almost no persuasion to change my choice. On the Jet, for instance, the mitre fence slot was too wide, making it a sloppy fit. On this machine it's precise, in addition to which the whole worktop is a more solid cast iron structure. It seems to cut through anything that a hobbyist is likely to require. Well done, Axminster.

Steve Vincent

12 July 2016

Good choice for the hobby workshop

Very good size for the hobby user without being a huge lump, easy to lift on to the bench. Sturdy steel frame with a nice quality cast iron table which makes for a very solid set up.
Cuts straight and true, I cut a veneer along the grain of a piece of 40mm pine and it was within 0.003" end to end! The fence is upright and true but needs checking with a square longitudinally, probably good practice to do that anyway. I set the saw up with reference to Alex Snograss's informative and instructional video
The saw performs better than I expected, I'm only a hobby user but we tend to overdrive our machines through necessity sometimes, this little saw will do everything I need it to and for the price it's great value for money. Nice quiet saw with enough power for the average user. I'm happy with my choice. Having run an Axminster AWEPT planer thicknesser for many years I wasn't in any doubt that Axminster would supply a decent product. I can recommend this band saw.

Paul Pennington

8 July 2016

Amazing for the price

Cannot believe this saw is only £169.00. Easily set up. I have had two other bandsaws in the passed, both much larger and harder to set up. As one of the other reviewers said, cuts straight and true, with no fiddly settings.
Ordered and delivered within two days with a one hour time slot, great service. My kit came with the spanner and Allen key too, but no problem, email to Axminster and they arrived next day, again great service. I'm sure like me that anybody ordering one of these will have a workshop full of spanner and Allen keys to get on with it.


6 July 2016

I am so glad I bought this Bandsaw

First a quick word about Axminster. On Monday morning I ordered the Jet JWBS-9 Benchtop Bandsaw, on Monday evening I received an email from Axminster introducing their new Hobby Series HBS200N Bandsaw. I looked at it, and the video and decided that was the one I wanted, but the Jet was due to be delivered the following morning.

Next morning I rang Axminster and got through to Denise. I explained about changing my mind and she said no problem, I'll get the courier to bring the Jet back to us and order you the Hobby Series HBS200N Bandsaw and it will be with you tomorrow. And that's exactly what happened, so 10 out of 10 to Denise and the rest at Axminster for their first class service.

Now the Bandsaw.

Bad points
There were no spanners or hex key in the pack I received. It didn't matter as I had the required sizes of spanners and hex key.

There was a small burr in the hole for one of the copper blade guides which stopped it going all the way through the case. A quick poke and twist with a round file soon cured that.

That's it, that's the entire bad points list.

Good points
In a word, everything. The machine is well build, rock solid and everything about it is good. When I researched bandsaws before ordering everybody said “With bandsaws of this size and price the fences and blade are rubbish, so throw them out and buy new ones”. This is NOT the case with this bandsaw. The rip fence locks solid and vertical. There is a bit of play at the back when it is unlocked for moving, so you have to measure both ends with a combination square, but once locked it is solid and vertical. The mitre fence is also solid with no play at all in the slot. The blade is very good quality, it cuts quickly and as straight as a die. I wasted 20 minutes last night watching youtube videos on how to adjust the fence to allow for blade drift. I didn't need to adjust the fence, the blade cuts straight down the line every time.

I was intending to buy two or three more blades but as the projects I have planned involve 3mm & 6mm plywood, laminate flooring, 25mm x 50mm pine and 38mm x 64mm cls, and this blade sliced through them all like a hot knife through butter I'll hold off buying more blades until I have a need for them.

So, to sum up, I am very happy I bought this bandsaw, it does everything I want it to better than expected. I really can't see anything bad about this bandsaw, no faults, not even “little niggles” that people say they have with other brands. If you learn how to set it up, take your time and do it properly, then use it within the limits it was designed for, I can't see how anyone would not be happy with it.

PS. If you are thinking of buying one of these bandsaws take a look at the video, everything Keith Thompson says is the truth.

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