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A belt and disc sander that will appeal to those hobby woodworkers looking for a better quality sander than the run of the mill. The main cast iron body houses both the motor and the no-volt-release switch, as well as forming the mounting point for the sanding table. The table can be used either on the 200mm disc or on the 100mm wide belt when raised from the horizontal to the vertical position. Changing the elevation of the sanding belt is easy using two very accessible captive bolts which, when loosened, allow the table to be rotated to either position. For added safety, especially when the sander is elevated into the vertical position, the belt has guarding at the back and just below the sanding stop fence. The generous-sized sanding platform can be used with either the disc or the belt and is both easy to adjust and firm when locked in position. Many sanders have no guarding behind the disc or at best a poorly fitting guard. The AS408, however, has an excellent guard assembly which fits accurately around the disc and incorporates a dust extraction point under the table. The 35mm extraction outlet is coupled to the belt so that the extraction can be left fixed to the one outlet and both functions of the machine used without the need to disconnect the dust extraction hose. The belt change is simplicity itself with a quick action belt release and simple tracking controls. Supplied with a self-adhesive disc, aluminium mitre fence and standard 100 x 915mm belt.
|Abrasive Belt Size||100 mm x 915 mm|
|Abrasive Disc Diameter||200 mm|
|Belt Speed||520 m/min|
|Dust Extraction Outlet||35 mm|
|Nett Weight||18 kg|
|Overall L x W x H||500 mm x 440 mm x 370 mm|
|Table Size, Disc||150 mm x 220 mm|
12 August 2016
Knocks the spots off other similar machines in the same 'hobby' bracket.After looking round at other makes of 6 inch and 8 inch combined disc and belt sanders this one stood out from the crowd. It is solidly built with a powerful motor so you can give it some grief if you need to. After having mine for a few weeks it suddenly stopped working and I thought it had developed a fault. After some investigation and a few emails with the very helpful Axminster customer support it was found that this later model was fitted with a thermal protection system to prevent the motor overheating and burning out. This is not a problem for the hobby user unless like me you are passionate about turning segmented bowls and vases and have a LOT of sanding to do. If, on the odd occasion, the thermal system kicks in I just go and make a brew while it cools down. It forces me to have a break which is not a bad thing!
7 February 2015
AS408 Disc & Belt sanderBought mine in Nov 2011 and given fair use - not abused . Has just failed in Feb 2015. Lack of power, much vibration, Burning plastic smell , tripped RCD repeatedly and would not restart..
Gunnar Langemark, Denmark
30 April 2014
Very usefullThis little tool surprised me in being such a valuable addtition to my workshop. The machine comes with a few minor flaws - but the general construction is rigid, massive and well thought out. The disc guard is in plastic and not unbreakable. Don't lose small objects inside it. The mitre-fence arrangement is simple but ajustable and rigid enough to hold an angle set.
23 October 2013
Capable machine, but PPE / Air filter will be needed.Sets up fairly quickly, with only one particularly tough bit - While setting up the disk part, the screw that holds the disk tight on the shaft needs put in place almost 6 inches inside the plastic cowling, thru a hole not much bigger than the screw. Putting the screw in place before the disk helps, then a bright light to make sure it's aligned before putting the screwdriver in the hole.
13 September 2013
more useful than you would guessI bought the original, cream liveried version of this some years ago and have used it consistently. This in itself is testament to the design and solid construction of the machine. Let's be clear, there are cheaper, lighter weight and smaller disc sized models and there are larger, significantly more accurate and expensive models - but this is better than 'hobby' and once you have one at your disposal, you'll not know how you did without it. All sorts of fine shaping can be accomplished and the eight inch disc gives a good enough surface area for most domestic applications. It's well worth buying the rubber belt cleaning tool, too - saves pounds on new belts. A good, adaptable bit of kit. 'Not five stars 'coz I think it's relatively pricier than it used to be!