Axminster Trade Series SS-12VS Disc Sander

Code: 501188

Axminster Trade Series SS-12VS Disc Sander

Code: 501188

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Key Features

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  • Disc tilts rather than the table, keeping the work level for easier control
  • Variable speed motor allows the sanding of most materials
  • Robust, cast iron construction with a large table surface
  • Quick angle index system for most common tilt angles
  • 12" abrasives with velcro-style backing, easy to change for any job
  • Quadrant guard and manual disc brake fitted, optional floor stand

In Detail

The SS-12VS disc sander is heavily built in cast iron and has several features that improve the function of the machine. Firstly, rather than having a standard tilting work table, the table on this sander remains level whilst the whole motor and disc arrangement tilts. This allows your work to stay level, improving accuracy and safety. The disc can be tilted from -5° to + 45°, enabling many tasks to be undertaken. The disc angles are adjusted by a rack and pinion arrangement, plus a quick action index system selects -5, 0, 15, 22.5, 30 and 45°. The other major feature is variable disc speed. The motor on this machine is a 750W DC brush type unit, electronically controlled to give a disc speed of between 1,000-3,000rpm. This means that you can choose the disc speed that is right for the job, whatever the material. Disc speed is maintained electronically to compensate for work loads. A manual disc brake is fitted to enable the disc to be stopped quickly if required. The table mounting arms have adjustable stops to make sure that the table is set exactly at 90° to the disc, whilst also allowing the table to be hinged forward for easy abrasive changing. The abrasive has a velcro-style backing for easy changing at any time, allowing the right abrasive to be quickly fitted. Other safety features include adjustable table/disc clearance and a disc quadrant guard. A 63-100mm dust extraction outlet is fitted below the disc, a vacuum type extractor is recommended for this sander. A rear carrying handle is included for bench use or the machine can be mounted onto an optional floor stand.

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Dust Extraction Outlet 63mm
Min Extraction Airflow Required 200m³/hr
Model SS-12VS
Nett Weight 32kg
Overall L x W x H 650 x 400 x 430mm
Power 750W 230V 1ph
Rating Trade
Speed 1,000 - 3,000rpm
Table Size 300 x 225mm
Table Tilt -5° to +45°
Disc Diameter 305mm
Reviews (2)

Reviews (2)


Geoffrey Laycock

27 August 2013

Brilliant Piece of Kit

I agree with the previous reviewer about the mitre fence although it is easy to make the supplied one very acceptable. An alternative is the UJK Technology precision fence which works superbly and, of course, with other machines.

This sander can be used very accurately, disc changing is easy and it has to be one of my favourite workshop machines. Even dust collection works really well, it's quiet, nicely made and a pile of dosh to buy. It really is worth it though. I reviewed this machine for a major woodworking magazine recently and was so impressed I bought one. When published, the review will also include minor changes that make it even better than 'out the box'.

Geoffrey Laycock, ergonomics and safety consultant, writer and woodworker

Gary Ferguson

20 July 2013

Disc sander

A really well made disc sander. The discs are very easy to change, the table is precisely flat, it sands extremely accurately to square or to whatever angle or compound angle you want, the motor runs very sweetly, and the dust extraction is pretty good.

The only things that prevent a five star rating are the mitre fence which is a bit tinny and needs replacing with a better quality third party version (I used the Incra), and the stand because the mounting holes don't line up with the disc sander mounting holes!

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