Axminster Hobby Series TS-250M-2 Table Saw

Axminster Hobby Series TS-250M-2 Table Saw

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£499.96 - £785.50 (£416.63 - £654.58 Ex. VAT)

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Key Features

Hobby Classification & 3 Year Guarantee
  • 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

In Detail

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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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 (19)

Reviews (19)



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.

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!


18 March 2016

Less than Impressed

I bought the full kit in 2014 and it was my first table saw. Like other reviewers there are issues. After 18 months of occasional use (although there was one week of 'trade' use) these are my gripes: 1). The riving knife and dust hood have never worked satisfactorily. It works without the blade hood. 2). Dust extraction is poor even with powerful Jet extractor. 3). The fence has never been 100% true. 4). The fence securing clamp has penetrated through the nylon washer and disfigured the rail. 5). The driving belt slackens rather too easily so out of the ordinary maintenance is needed. It is a entry level table saw but if you can afford it get a Jet or a higher performance saw.


26 February 2016

TS 250 m table saw.

I have had this saw about 3 months, and to date I am quite pleased.
The only big moan I have is as do others is the dust extraction it is so poor, it lets the saw down.
Even with an Axminster dust extractor with a 4 inch hose I still get lots of sawdust on the floor.
I am going to make a box to go under the machine with an outlet to connect to a shop vac, I hope this will do the trick.
For now I use a blue plastic Sainsburys shopping basket and this fit snugly in the space between the stand and the machine base.
Such a shame Axminster, you really should do something about the dust collection on this very nice table saw.


23 February 2016

Nothing but trouble

The machine is not accurate and will not stay accurate, the saw i had before this was a 3rd of the price and was more powerful and i never had any trouble with setting it up accurately.

I would definitely advise against buying this model and i must say i regret it.

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