Axminster Trade Series ST-480 Drum/Brush Sander
Axminster Trade Series ST-480 Drum/Brush Sander
£1,738.26 (£1,448.55 Ex. VAT)

Axminster Trade Series ST-480 Drum/Brush Sander

Code: 501107

  • Single drum, bench mounted sander for finishing boards and panels up to 960mm wide
  • Variable speed conveyor belt drive with load-sensing technology
  • Inverter driven drum motor giving variable rpm with load compensation
  • Fully adjustable conveyor table for accurate sanding
  • Optional silicon carbide sanding brushes or wire brush can be fitted
  • Optional floor stand with wheels for mobility
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£1,738.26 (£1,448.55 Ex. VAT)

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Frequently Bought Together

  • Axminster Trade Series ST-480 Drum/Brush Sander
  • Abranet Max Abrasive Roll 76mm x 25m 80g
  • Axminster Trade Series Floor Stand for ST-480 Drum Sander
  • Axminster Trade Series ST-480 Wire Brush
Total: £2,877.64

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Trade Classification & 3 Year Guarantee

The ST-480 is a compact, single drum finishing sander that can also be easily converted to a brush sander. Based around a cast iron base and frame, this is an extremely rigid and accurate drum sander. It is supplied as a bench mounted single drum machine that can handle boards and flat panels up to 980mm wide in two passes. Features include a variable speed conveyor controlled by a load sensing electronic system to prevent overheating of the sanding abrasive. A polyurethane conveyor belt is fitted, which has good grip but is non-marking. The sanding drum is balanced to prevent vibration and the abrasive loadings are spirally wound and secured by spring-loaded clips. A simple tool is provided to ease the abrasive changing task. The sanding drum is powered by an inverter driven induction motor. The variable drum speed provides a further control of the finish and also allows the use of the optional sanding brushes. The silicon carbide sanding brushes are supplied as a complete exchange kit. Available in a wide variety of grits, they are simple to fit in place of the sanding drum. Brush heads are very effective for profile sanding, denibbing and preparing mouldings for finishing. You can sand sealer coats and primers with the most uniform control of the finish. There is also a wire brush attachment, used to distress new wood to look weathered or create a grained look. This can also be used for brushing metals. With these options, this drum sander can be used for many tasks and will bring processes only previously available in larger machines to the small, growing workshop. An optional, wheeled floor stand with a large storage cupboard is also available.

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Dust Extraction Outlet 100mm
Feed Speed 0-3m/min
Min Length 60-90mm (varies with application)
Model ST-480 BDSDM
Nett Weight 155kg
Overall L x W x H 1,000 x 680 x 580mm
Power 1.1kW 230V 1ph
Rating Trade
Sanding Drum Diameter 125mm
Sanding Thickness Min\Max 1mm - 100mm
Sanding Width Double Pass 960mm
Sanding Width Single Pass 480mm
Table Size 595 x 580mm
Abrasive Roll Width 76mm
Reviews (5)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 4 out of 5 based on 5 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews



9 March 2017


Never had a drum sander before, so can't compare to any other make, but very impressed with this one. Saves a lot of time compared to handheld sander, and better still gets the job really flat & smooth. Only 4 stars for features as it really could use feed tables, but these don't seem to be offered, even as an option - though I see another reviewer says the JET ones fit.

Abrasive is easy to change. Again, as someone else pointed out, you need the good stuff - Hermes cloth backed. The Abranet stuff doesn't work so well as the dust can get under it, and cake up into lumps, leading to burns and troughs in the workpiece. Hopefully Axminster will bring back the finer grade Hermes, otherwise I will have to look elsewhere.

Optional stand is pricey but very solid, and probably worth it.


4 March 2017


I got one of these to sand panels (shelves, tabletops etc) flat after jointing boards, so just 1 mm or less thickness to take off. I really did not see the point - it works fine for really small items that don't extend over the conveyor belts, but if there's anything that is a bit longer then it ends up making a big snipe mark due to the cantilever pushing up the workpiece to the drum; I used roller stands but never quite got it right.
I found the best way to use it was to set the conveyor speed really slow, set the drum height to take off a very small amount and go do something else. Every so often the noise would change indicating it was starting to burn the paper / jam, so I'd have to go back and readjust the drum height (therefore the workpiece wouldn't be even along its length...). What's the point in only taking off tiny amounts at a time and standing at the machine feeding the same piece through again and again- how does this save time?????
I used it for a few weeks then started back using my random orbital sander and sold the drum sander for a big loss. No idea why the reviews are decent. Save yourself the time and money and get a bosch turbo sander for a fifth of the price.


7 October 2015


One of the best performing machines in my workshop. Superbly accurate and very reliable...just make sure you use good quality abrasive paper such as the Hermes cloth backed rolls, skimping on abrasive paper is a big mistake with this machine. Dust extraction is good (but no better than "good"), noise levels are reasonable, changing abrasive loadings is fast and simple, and the automatic paper tensioner really works.

I use this machine for finishing saw cut veneers and for levelling face frames, it excels in both areas and I would thoroughly recommend the ST-480.

Francois Rommel

8 December 2013

a top notch drum sander for musical instrument maker

I've been building guitars for more than 10 years and was looking to upgrade my home-made drum sander. I was luring at the Supermax 19-38 Drum Sander [not available in Europe] . In the meantime, I discovered that the Axminster Trade Series ST-480 Drum/Brush Sander is sold in the US by Supermax as 19-38 Combo Brush/Drum Sander.
I bought this device in sept 2013 at the Sittingbourne store. the only regret I have so far is that I wish I had bought it earlier. I only use it as a drum sander, and it still worth every penny. But don't expect it to be a substitute for a planer or a wide belt sander. If you google "Supermax 19-38" you can find a lot of good reviews that detail the nice features this device has, and particularly compared to the JET drum sanders. The feed tables of the JET 22-44 fit perfectly. I've also bought a spare DRO from Axminster and adapt it to the device. Even if it is already pretty well set up out of the box I really advise you to take a couple of minutes to adjust it more accurately (google "9 volt battery drum sander set up tips") since the device is pretty easy to set up. It also has a rubberised conveyor belt that works fine and doesn't scratch the wood. It is easy and quick to change abrasive (I do it now in less than one minute and I never pinched any finger).
To make this device even more efficient, consider adding a DRO. You can save up money by making the stand and feed tables yourself.
For all of these reasons and also for its dimensions (top and back can be sanded in one pass) it is IMHO the most relevant choice for a small shop guitar maker at a fair price.
At last but not least, the level of service and help provided to me by the Axminster guys has always been top notch.

Murray Tait

14 September 2013

An asset but not as good as expected

This machine is an asset to my two man cabinet shop and is used regularly but it was not quite as good as I expected. The machine could do with more power so a deeper cut could be taken as it does struggle with wider boards. However we do pass all our frames through it which gives us a nice flat finish which are then ready for the hand finishing with the random orbit. I suppose i would give it a 3.5 out of 5. Maybe I was expecting too much from a relatively economical machine.

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