The Axminster Hobby HBS250N bandsaw is a smaller floor standing model with a storage cabinet, rip fence and alloy mitre fence. The extruded aluminium rip fence is cam locked and supported at the rear by a ball bearing with rails allowing the full cutting width up to the frame. The machine is fabricated from sheet steel with a very rigid tapered back column, as well as a cast iron table and balanced cast alloy wheels; these features are usually only found on much bigger machines. The stiffness of the steel fabrication allows the blade tension to be much higher than most bandsaws of this size helping to reduce the blade vibration and increase accuracy. The blade is well supported with ball bearing guides both above and below the table. Unusually in a bandsaw of this size, the back edge of the blade runs on the face of the rear thrust bearings rather than the side. Both doors are fitted with safety micro switches meaning that the motor will cut out should a door be opened while the machine is in use. As an entry level bandsaw, the HBS 250N is difficult to fault; compact in size yet with surprising capabilities . The bandsaw is supplied with mitre fence, storage cabinet stand and a UK made Axcaliber blade.
|Blade Speed||660 & 960 m/min|
|Blade Width Min\Max||6mm (1/4") to 13mm (1/2")|
|Dust Extraction Outlet||63mm|
|Max Depth of Cut||120mm|
|Max Width of Cut||245mm|
|Max Width of Cut with Fence||220mm|
|Overall L x W x H||420 x 410 x 1,500mm|
|Power||370W, 230V, 1ph|
|Table Height on Stand||990mm|
|Table Size||340 x 340mm|
|Table Tilt||-5° to +45°|
|Min Extraction Airflow Required||390m³/hr|
1 October 2016
Excellent bit of KitI've just purchased one of these bandsaws second had from a friend- its a fantastic machine but it suffers the same problem as others have experienced in that an upgraded drive belt is required, i am having trouble locating the upgraded record drive belt that another reviewer has mentioned - can anyone provide a part number
1 September 2016
An ok band saw, need's a part upgradeHad it for I couple of months now, found that the tension on the drive belt kept going. It's a nice band saw but to get the performance you want you need to buy a replacement drive belt . I found a record power band saw belt that fit this for around £15, without a belt upgrade you will struggle to cut any thing over 1inch.
Prof. I. P. Symonds
16 June 2016
Great Value for Money Bandsaw.I'm just going to ignore the Doctors review as I can't believe it's about the same machine! The cabinet was tricky to work out which part was which, but I soon figured it out and ALL the holes lined up! Imagine that! There was even four holes to mount the Bandsaw to the top of it. Amazing! I have proclaimed myself a professor in celebration of my fine assembly skills...
Dr. T. O'Neill
28 May 2016
Rubbish sawI am arranging to return the Hobby saw I received last week. It is an absolute load of Chinese rubbish. The assembly of the cabinet was bad enough (holes didn't line up, some out by 1/2 an inch) but I 've used it for the first time today and the motor is totally inadequate to cut pine, never mind any hardwoods. It took me 10 minutes to cut one Tenon and kept stalling when cutting my 3" x2" pine piece of wood. Luckily, the blade managed to remain in one piece.
In Phil Traitor
9 December 2015
Good little sawHad mine for a few months now and have given it some stick, its coped well and the clearance is great for 100mm+ wood. Done a lot of rip cuts through 4" post which it managed pretty easily at first. Thereafter the drive belt needed continuous re-tensioning and I've had the motor on its max swing to keep it driving. Called to get a replacement as the manual gives zero detail and the guys at Axminster have sent a free replacement to me- super service! (incidentally the part code is 210256). Still I'm concerned it'll stretch just as quick so I've done a bit of measuring up and found a close spec. so for those with a similar issue and want to pimp up their saw I've gone for a 13" (330mm) 4-rib j-section poly-V belt ( 300J) at 2.34mm pitch. The only other slight disappointment is the mitre guard, which is pretty rubbish, again a better replacement with an easier to read scale (not one choked with paint) would be a good investment, however the channel on this saw is quite narrow and most mitre fence's seem to suit a 17-19mm track. so I'm still on the hunt. Despite those small issues the saw suits me well and I'm more than happy with it.