Axminster Hobby Series HBS310N Bandsaw
Axminster Hobby Series HBS310N Bandsaw
£499.00 (£415.83 Ex. VAT)

Axminster Hobby Series HBS310N Bandsaw

Code: 508205

  • Hobby rated, dependable bandsaw that really delivers a great performance
  • A powerful 550W motor and a maximum cutting depth of 180mm
  • Generously sized cast iron table with a sturdy rip fence and mitre gauge
  • Two belt speeds to cope with all types of work, saves stress on motor and blade
  • Robust welded steel chassis with a leg frame stand
  • Twin extraction ports give excellent extraction
  • Suited to the needs of the hobby woodworker at home
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£499.00 (£415.83 Ex. VAT)

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Frequently Bought Together

  • Axminster Hobby Series HBS310N Bandsaw
  • Axminster Thin Rip Jig
  • Axcaliber Ground Tooth Blade 2,270mm(89") x 12.7mm(1/2") 6pti
  • Axminster Rider No. 80 Scraper Plane
Total: £569.15

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Hobby Classification & 3 Year Guarantee

The Axminster Hobby Series HBS310N is a medium sized floor standing bandsaw for general hobby use. A strong steel fabricated body features a tapered rear column offering greater rigidity. Cutting depth is easily controlled by a handwheel operated rack and pinion with balanced, cast alloy wheels to support the blade. The substantial, ground, cast iron table tilts smoothly up to 45° and is unusually large for a machine of this size. A standard 19mm channel is machined into the table and a close fitting all alloy mitre fence is included. The rip fence slides smoothly on a front aluminium extrusion and has a roller support bearing at the rear running in an alloy channel. The fence can also be turned through 90° when smaller items need to be cut and is locked with a quick action cam lever, securely clamping at both the front and rear. Ball bearing roller blade guides support the blade above and below the table which helps ensure straight cuts with a good finish together with a micro adjustment facility to enable accurate guide adjustment. The powerful 550W induction motor drives the blade through a pulley system giving a choice of two belt speeds. This allows the operator to select the correct speed for the task, saving undue stress on the blade and motor. This excellent bandsaw will satisfy the requirements of many enthusiastic hobby users in the home workshop. It’s supplied with mitre fence, rip fence, leg frame floor stand and a UK made Axcaliber blade.



Bandsaw Blade Length 2,270 mm (89.1/2")
Bandsaw Wheel Diameter 310 mm
Blade Speed 360 & 720 m/min
Blade Width Min\Max 6 mm to 16 mm
Dust Extraction Outlet 100 mm
Max Depth of Cut 180 mm
Max Width of Cut 305 mm
Max Width of Cut with Fence 265 mm
Min Extraction Airflow Required 750 m³/hr
Model HBS310N
Nett Weight 80 kg
Overall L x W x H 700 mm x 800 mm x 1,680 mm
Power 550 W 230V 1ph
Rating Hobby
Table Height on Stand 1,005 mm
Table Size 500 mm x 400 mm
Table Tilt 5° - 0° - 45°
Reviews (13)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 4.3 out of 5 based on 13 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews


Neil Grayson

6 October 2017

Pleased with the machine

I bought this a few weeks ago and have to say that with the machine I am very pleased. The meccano base was easy to assemble (if you are observant) and took only a short time. Mounting the machine to the base is a two person job but still easy and final assembly was quick. I have yet to use it in anger and perform a final setup with a different blade but overall I am pleased with my purchase for the money. Think carefully however about the wheel kit. Personally I would recommend one of the universal mobile bases instead. I cannot praise enough the staff in the North Shields store who were extremely approachable and helpful even getting the machine into my car. A credit to Axminster.


21 April 2017

Good buy for the money

More than happy with this, was easy to assemble, it runs quietly, has roller race support for the blade top and bottom, the gate is easy to use, the table is finish ground, has lots of nice little features probably stolen from other manufacturers, however a good purchase I use it with 18 and 24 x 1/4" blades for cutting think aluminium, brass and copper which it does admirably also some thin wooden sections. For me it has been an excellent buy. My only criticism is that they will insist of fitting these cheap plastic discs where the saw passes through the table, it is cheap and nasty and the slot is too wide so drags thin material down into it but I will do the same as I did with the scroll saw and make a new aluminium one with a slot just wide enough for the blade, other than that happy.


2 July 2016

Wasted 2 days on it, now sending it back

After wasting another whole on Saturday on the bandsaw I think it is time to give up and send it back...
This is without doubt the worst product I have ever purchased !!!
Its one problem after another:
First the guide fence arrived dented and scratched.
Then the foot broke off.
Then I found the Axis elastic ring for holding on the upper saw wheel in the bottom of the saw and spent ages trying to refit it.
2 guide bearing bolts won’t tighten as the treads are made of some soft metal and keep spinning -I have not used excess pressure on the bolts.
The new guide fence won’t go to zero and is different from the original one that came with the saw so I can’t use the fence extension now!
The upper blade guard rubs on the upper saw wheel
The sliding plate was rubbing on the drive bearing
I made one cut with the saw which when the foot broke ruined the piece of wood I was working on…
I have also bought a spare blade from Screw fix, which is now a waste of money
All in all I have wasted about 2 days of my time on your product
I am so surprised at the bad ‘quality-ness’ of it. £429 is a lot of money and I would expect a decent product for the amount of money I have spent. It could be that it was a ‘Friday afternoon or Monday morning job’ but I am not willing to risk spending another two days of my time on trying out a replacement – especially when the replacement guide fence was also faulty as described above.
All in all this has been a very very disappointing experience.

Roger Waddingham

10 June 2016

Excellent piece of kit after replacing blade

I looked through a range of alternatives before choosing this model, and I have not been disappointed.
It was easy to set up, and I am glad I purchased the wheel kit too so that it is easy to move around.
The original blade on the machine was disappointing, but a quick phone call to the Axminster help line confirmed that this was not meant to be used and the extra one supplied was what they recommended. This gave a marked improvement. However, any research on expert forums will soon tell you to throw away any blades provided by the supplier and to replace with one from a dedicated manufacturer. So I have now purchased and fitted a blade from Tuff Saws in Wales and could not be more pleased.
The machine now cuts quietly, smoothly and accurately. My main intention was to use it for resawing and currently 150mm wide ash planks are giving it no problem. The inevitable ripple on the cut surface is so smooth I could use a sander rather that a planer to finish it.
I couldn't be more pleased with it - well done Axminster - although you might like to mention getting a better blade somewhere in the literature!


2 June 2016

Pleased but a few niggles.

Only had the machine a couple of days but overall - so far so good. Considering the price, it seems a reasonable hobby machine. Seems sturdy enough and fairly quick and easy to put together (although fine tuning takes rather longer!). The main issues I found are as follows:-

1.The manual has the odd error or may be out of date in places (e.g. page 3 states the blade length is 2480mm - its actually 2270mm) but nothing that is really likely to trip you up.
2. Getting the threaded bolt for the table clamping handle though the quadrant housing was rather tricky - I found it easier to unbolt the part of the housing attached to the table and reattach after inserting the bolt.
3. There is a sliding plate on the inside of the upper blade guide and guard. This has a small screw through the front of the guard that stops the plate dropping too low and thereby hitting the upper rear thrust bearing. On my machine the screw was too low an allowed the plate to touch the bearing (which makes a considerable racket when running). I suppose you could move the bearing sideways by loosening the clamping grub screws but I preferred to re-drill the stop screw about 8mm above its original position.
4. There was a similar issue with the side of the guard hitting the upper right hand guide bearing when I adjusted the "for and aft" clamping position - I simply filed a few mm of the back of the guard.
5. I needed to mount the fence guide rail so the mitre slots were about 3mm below the mitre slots in the cast iron table. This was so there was sufficient clearance for work pieces to miss the magnifying glass in the fence.
6. The upper blade guide did not lower parallel to the blade. If the rear thrust bearing was against the back of the blade in the fully raised position it was several mm away when it was dropped to its lowest position. It really was a long way out of line. I found I could adjust this by loosening two nuts on the side of the casing but it was fiddly.
7. On the higher of the two blade speeds there is a bit more vibration than I would have liked - the saw wheels could have been balanced better. Not bad enough to return the machine but a little disappointing.

I have listed the above issues in an effort to assist others who may purchase the machine (not to put them off!). None of the negative points were "deal breakers" for me. All the issues have now been dealt with (other than the slightly annoying vibration) and considering the price of the machine I am happy with it. Admittedly a little more quality control and I would have made me happier!.

Considering its only 550w it will cut (all be it slowly) to near its rated depth of cut and it cuts square to the table and parallel to the fence. I have only used the supplied 1/2" blade so far ( I suspect the second Axminster one may be better) but it's nice to use freehand and following a line is easy enough - even at around the lowest suggested radius for the blade depth.

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