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Have you heard? Our biggest ever machinery auction is now on!
Click here to see the machines and place your bids!
There are over 40 lots with no reserve prices, 99p start bids and free delivery!* What could be better? There's something for everyone whether you're a hobby, trade, industrial woodworker or into metalworking and engineering.
There are drills, mills, saws, lathes, extractors, sanders and many more machines... see the individual auction listings for description of item, condition and what is included.
The full spectrum of modelling from traditional model engineering, steam locomotives and traction engines to modern gadgets and boys toys such a remote controlled trucks, boats, planes, helicopters and robots will be on show.
If you are planning a visit, be sure to drop by our stand (24-29) for a chat. We will be displaying machines from our Model Engineer, Engineer and CNC Technology Series. Our team of experts will include Skill Centre engineering course tutor Bob Rolph, CNC engineer Mark Vincent and engineering enthusiast Tom Galvin. Between them they have a wealth of knowledge about these machines plus Mark will be demonstrating how to make a component on both the CNC iKX3 mill and iKC4 lathe. You will also be able to pick up a voucher which can be used at any of our stores giving you 10% off the most expensive item you purchase in store.
Christmas was certainly made for Paul Witcombe when he heard he had become the lucky winner of our Facebook 'Win a Workshop' competition.
Paul's prize included an Axminster Hobby Series bandsaw, woodturning lathe, pillar drill, compressor, woodturning tool set, pair of ring centres, airbrush kit and airbrush paint set; all were featured in our Christmas video 'Make Christmas' and collectively are worth over £800.
Paul actually commented on Facebook (9th Dec) saying "Wow, would love to see this lot under my Christmas tree ho ho ho!" and, to his amazement (no doubt), his wish was granted.
With Christmas now over and the new year beginning, Paul is looking forward to setting up his workshop with all his new tools and machines.
Axminster Tools & Machinery is expanding the retail side of its business once again. With representation already in the home counties, Midlands and North West, the company is now planning to open a store in the North East at North Shields, which is located about eight miles from the region’s major city, Newcastle.
The new store, which will be opening in the early part of 2015 and is situated at Coast Road Retail Park on Norham Road (NE29 7UJ), will be number seven for Axminster.
With 10,000 square feet of retail space, the North Shields store will be open seven days a week, including bank holidays, in line with most other retail outlets in the area, recognising that many customers, due to their own work/life commitments, find it convenient to shop on a Sunday.
The store will stock a wide range of product lines including all of the most popular brands, plus it will be possible to order in store anything from the full range of the Axminster Tools & Machinery catalogue.
Ben attends an IT course one day a week at Exeter College as part of the apprenticeship scheme he is on through his employer, Axminster Tools & Machinery. He was put forward for the award by his Skills Officer, Alex Yeo who recognised Ben’s commitment to pursue a successful career in IT and his motivation to build on his technical and interpersonal skills. Alex said: “Ben has worked hard on his apprenticeship and has now progressed to the advanced apprenticeship with a clear focus to develop his career further.”
A career in IT was not always on Ben’s agenda. He played professional football for Torquay when he was 16 and for a few years thought that was where his future would lie. A move back to his home town of Axminster in 2011 led him to apply for a position at Axminster Tools & Machinery and he was successful in securing a role as part of the Technology team in January 2013.
Ben’s tutor, Lucinda Sanders, said: “Ben participates fully in all learning activities, works well with others in the group and is always willing to share his ideas. Ben has fully embraced the opportunity that this apprenticeship has offered and has made great progress.”
Many congratulations go to Ben on his achievement.
Much can be achieved in the space of a year and this is certainly the case for Axminster Tools & Machinery’s Servicing Apprentice, Ryan Moore, who joined the company's apprenticeship scheme in August 2013.
Ryan (18) recently took the title of Young Driver of the Year in the 2014 Wiscombe Hill Climb Championship. This is no mean feat considering Ryan first took up the motor sport of hill climbing in February this year, having passed his driving test only six months earlier. Ryan, in his Ford Puma, took part in some twelve races with usually eight or so drivers from other parts of the UK competing in each race. The points he accumulated over the racing period resulted in him achieving top spot on the podium and taking the title in his first season.
Ryan says he has grown up around cars and inherited his love of motor racing from his dad, Craig - a mechanic - who himself started with grass tracking racing when he was just 11 years old. Dad Craig still competes in hill climbs all over the UK and took second place this season.
Now Ryan has one successful season under his belt, what’s next for the young driver in 2015? With a wide smile, Ryan replies: “More racing, faster cars and competing further afield”. Congratulations to Ryan on his achievement. Unfortunately no champagne was available at the time of the photo shoot but we wish Ryan every success with the 2015 season.
We will be taking a selection of machines from our Engineer Series, Model Engineer Series and CNC Technology Series ranges. Experts, including Skill Centre engineering course tutor Bob Rolph, CNC engineer Mark Vincent and engineering enthusiast Tom Galvin, will be on hand to talk you through the finer points of these machines.
Show days and times are as follows:
Friday 14 November 1000-1830
Saturday 15 November 0900-1830
Sunday 16 November 0900-1730
Carpentry and Joinery students at Warrington Collegiate recently enjoyed a master class and demonstration of the latest technology in tools and machinery.
Axminster Tools & Machinery is passionate about education and investment in skills. With more than 40 years experience of equipping education, the company supplies to over 7000 educational establishments. Technical expertise, award winning customer service and premium quality products make the company an ideal fit for education.
Ben Whitfield, Lecturer in Site Joinery at Warrington Collegiate said: “Our students need to be both technically skilled and up-to-date with the latest innovations in order to become the next generation of skilled craftsmen ready to enter the tough job market of the construction industry today.”
The latest issue of TopTools is out now! It's packed with useful information, new tools, special offers and much more.
Are you a Hobby or Trade user?
Have a read and let us know what you think in the comments box below!
As featured in November's issue of Top Tools:
To accompany the new video The Master, Paul von der Heyde delivered the following message:
“Those of you who were at the Royal Charter Dinner last night will have heard me talk about our progress so far this year which illustrates how our strategy is being delivered with the generous help and support of our members. I would now like to enlist your help again in making the mission of The Furniture Makers’ Company known throughout the industry. The Furniture Makers’ Company not only upholds excellence, education and charitable work for past, present and future furniture makers but we are the leading voice and champion for the entire furnishings industry, from fabric to carpets, lighting to wall coverings and beyond. We have produced a brief video that delivers a clear message about our mission – and we need your help to get that message out to the 250,000+ employees in the furnishing industry. Together we can make our voice even more effective for our industry.”
To view the video, please click here.
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