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Axminster Hobby Series TS-250M-2 Table Saw
Axminster Hobby Series TS-250M-2 Table Saw
£499.96 - £746.22 (£416.63 - £621.85 Ex. VAT)

Axminster Hobby Series TS-250M-2 Table Saw

  • Cast iron table with a ground surface with full length rip fence and mitre fence
  • Quiet, powerful, reliable induction motor for smooth performance
  • Supplied with 40 tooth Axcaliber TCT general purpose blade
  • Offers up to 76mm depth of cut at 90°
  • Smooth operating controls for blade tilt and depth setting
  • Available as a table saw only (with options available) or as a complete kit with options included
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£499.96 - £746.22 (£416.63 - £621.85 Ex. VAT)

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This table saw is a larger version of the TS-200-2 and shares the same attributes as its smaller cousin of quiet running, powerful performance and compact dimensions. Fitted with a 250mm 40T TCT Axcaliber blade, the TS-250M-2 has a maximum depth of cut of 76mm, making it a great option for larger home projects. Adequate power is supplied by a 1.5kW, 230V induction motor. Both blade height and tilt controls operate smoothly and are conveniently placed with a simple lock to set the blade tilt. The heavy, cast iron table is ground flat to create a smooth top surface and the full length fence features a sub-fence which can be positioned for rip or crosscut work, or re-set for smaller cutting tasks. The fence can also be set more accurately using a fine width control.

The basic table saw can be bench mounted and is supplied with a rip fence, mitre fence together with dust extraction hoses. Owing to the small hose diameters, a vacuum extractor works best with this machine. The mitre fence can also be used either side of the blade which is very useful when making 45° left or right hand mitre cuts.

There’s a selection of optional extras; a leg stand which gives a table height of 880mm, a right hand extension table kit allowing an extra 600mm of width, as well as a sliding table kit with a cast iron carriage, complete with mitre fence, work clamp and a very useful 915mm of travel.

A complete kit version is also available that includes all of the above at a moderate cost saving.

With the ability to add a range of accessories to the TS-250M-2, this may be the only table saw a Hobby user requires.

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Specification

Specification

Blade Tilt 0° to 45°
Dust Extraction Outlet 100mm
Max Depth of Cut @ 45deg 60mm
Max Depth of Cut @ 90deg 76mm
Max Width of Cut with Fence 200mm standard 760mm with R/H Table Kit
Min Extraction Airflow Required 750m³/hr
Model TS-250M-2 Basic
Nett Weight 80kg
Overall L x W x H 920 x 560 x 560mm
Power 1.5kW 230V 1ph
Rating Hobby
Table Height 360mm
Table Size 670 x 430mm
Voltage 230V
Blade Diameter 250mm
Bore Size 30mm
Reviews (22)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 3.8 out of 5 based on 22 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews

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Mike

22 November 2016

Great bit of kit

I have to take issue with the last review who seems to be using this saw as a portable site saw, it was never meant to be portable, the cast iron table is of adequate thickness and is about the same as all the other saws I considered prior to getting this one, what is thin is the recess for the blade clearance insert, a 3mm aluminium insert made to fit is perfect, the original plastic insert does indeed have to be removed when cutting at an angle, as per the instructions and what is in-bossed on the plastic insert itself. The riving knife does protruded above the blade to accommodate the crown hood, if trench cutting is required use a Router table, a saw table is the wrong machine to use.

I would have given this saw five stars all the way through, but for the dust extraction I have still given it four stars under the heading "Features" because of this no lower as this saw is no different to even the most expensive saw i.e. inadequate, as another review I have fitted the big mouth dust hood under the table, this required only a few mm taking off one edge to fit between the support rails, this has transformed the dust extraction, after ripping down eight piece's of 100mm x 50mm x 2.4M I had only a coffee cup full of sawdust on the top of the table, no sawdust escaped underneath, having sealed all the holes with duct tape, this is no different to other table saws I have had, I use the FM300BC extractor and it makes short work of all the dust from the machines in my workshop.

The table extension is almost essential to make any meaningful use of the saw with larger material, in addition a longer fence is supplied with it which makes it even better,
the sliding table can be set very accurately to enable mitres to be formed in one pass, all in all I am very pleased with my purchase, even though the international delivery was a complete nonsense, loaded onto a van on a pallet and the driver was a young girl, this thing weighs 86Kg plus packaging, try lifting that out of a van without a pallet truck.
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Jon

28 September 2016

Cheaply badly made rubbish. AVOID

Not even cut a piece of wood yet and I already regret this purchase.

Quality of manufacture is appalling, cross threaded bolts, a twisted riving knife and even the shims supplied had burrs all over them so they weren't flat. If you've ever bought cheap Chinese rubbish tools off ebay this is like that or worse. Shiny pictures hide the underlying shoddy tool.

It's so badly made I can't even get the blade straight as it's binding in its housing. I can't steer you away from this hard enough. Do yourself a favour and get something else.

Unfortunately my mate set about it with a carbide burr to try and get it working or it would be going back!
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Ognyan Borisov

20 September 2016

Sorry for purchase!

This is one of the most inaccurate machines I have worked!
Sorry for purchase!
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David

15 June 2016

Saw is compact with reasonable build quality

I just want to start by saying that I am not an expert but I have noticed some issues with this saw.
It does indeed have a cast iron bed but this is pretty thin. Because of this the insert comes in 2 parts, aluminium for one and plastic for the other and is screwed down. The gap between the blade and the insert is pretty big so it rips out wood quite a lot.
The iron bed is actually very thin and this means making a zero clearance insert is actually not very good for this table.
The saw states that it can cut up to 45 degrees but space inside the saw is so small that the blade needs to be almost fully raised before it can be tilted this far because the dust box hits of the side of the saw. Because the space is so small the plastic insert needs to be removed otherwise the saw blade hits it when tilted to 45 degree. This also means that making a zero clearance insert for this cutting angle is almost impossible.
I would say that the table extension is mandatory as the rip fence without it is too small for most jobs. If you need to reconfigure this saw to take it out on a job and use the smaller one again it takes some time to dismantle and reconfigure. This means its not really portable and as such should just come with a larger rip fence and extension as the smaller one will probably be discarded.
The riving knife is pretty useless in its original configuration as it protrudes beyond the saw blade and must be removed prior to not cutting right through wood. Removing the riving knife or resetting its height is pretty difficult and time consuming.
As the saw box is open the dust collection is pretty poor.
I altered the saw slightly to improve it for my use. I cut the riving knife down to size (this means I can no longer use the blade guard but that isn't very good anyway). Now it can be used for most cuts.
I made a zero clearance insert, but because of the thinness of the table this is not great. I haven't figured out how to make one for a 45 degree cut because of the problems mentioned.
I also boxed in the saw to try and improve dust collection.
To sum up. If you want a portable saw get a portable saw. If you want a table saw for hobby use or small jobs this one is ok but you will need to buy the table extension at the very least. When taking that into account for the extra expense I would get a bigger saw next time for not much more money, but maybe without the clearance issues.
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Simon Gardiner

4 April 2016

Needed a few tweeks -but ok now.

I bought the basic saw and stand, as extension table was too wide for the space I have and I prefer my home made cross cut sledge to the sliding tale accessory.
Pros - powerful motor, cast iron table and good quality blades (I got 3 - might have been special offer).
Cons - very poor dust extraction, easy enough to set up fence but aligning blade to mitre slots was tricky, mitre slots seem non-standard size and the "full length" fence is not full length.

I did make a few tweeks
1. Bought "big mouth dust hood' placed it between frame and bottom of saw table and attached extraction hose there (got idea from helpful chap in Sittingbourne store). Works much better. Removed existing ducting in the process.
2. Made my own sub fence from aluminium u channel so it is full length.
3. EBolted some aluminium plate to right hand side to make a 'mini' extension table.
4. Made my own t-bolts to fit mitre slots.
I am now happy with the tables saw and how it performs.
Would I have bought it if I knew how much tweeking it would take, hmmm.......not sure!

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