The Axminster Hobby HBS250N bandsaw is a smaller floor standing model with a storage cabinet, rip fence and alloy mitre fence. The extruded aluminium rip fence is cam locked and supported at the rear by a ball bearing with rails allowing the full cutting width up to the frame. The machine is fabricated from sheet steel with a very rigid tapered back column, as well as a cast iron table and balanced cast alloy wheels; these features are usually only found on much bigger machines. The stiffness of the steel fabrication allows the blade tension to be much higher than most bandsaws of this size helping to reduce the blade vibration and increase accuracy. The blade is well supported with ball bearing guides both above and below the table. Unusually in a bandsaw of this size, the back edge of the blade runs on the face of the rear thrust bearings rather than the side. Both doors are fitted with safety micro switches meaning that the motor will cut out should a door be opened while the machine is in use. As an entry level bandsaw, the HBS 250N is difficult to fault; compact in size yet with surprising capabilities . The bandsaw is supplied with mitre fence, storage cabinet stand and a UK made Axcaliber blade, 1,790mm x 3/8" x 6tpi.
|Bandsaw Blade Length||1,790 mm (70.1/2")|
|Bandsaw Wheel Diameter||250 mm|
|Blade Speed||660 & 960 m/min|
|Blade Width Min\Max||6 mm to 13 mm|
|Dust Extraction Outlet||63 mm|
|Max Cutting Height||120 mm|
|Max Width of Cut||245 mm|
|Max Width of Cut with Fence||220 mm|
|Min Extraction Airflow Required||390 m³/hr|
|Nett Weight||43.5 kg|
|Overall L x W x H||420 mm x 410 mm x 1,500 mm|
|Table Height on Stand||990 mm|
|Table Size||340 mm x 340 mm|
|Table Tilt||5° - 0° - 45°|
1 May 2018
good – excellent support – just buy oneSince a bandsaw isn’t a straightforward purchase I think it warrants a longer review than simply “good – excellent support – just buy one”.
27 May 2017
Great Value - Those who say it stall don't know what they're doingFirst of all let me say this, for those of you reading the reviews that say this saw stalls when cutting the smallest piece of soft wood, ignore them completely. Those reviews are clearly written by people who don't read instructions and haven't bothered to tune up the saw before using it. Even the finest Lie Nielsen plane requires some work out of the box to get it working properly.
19 April 2017
A really nice sawI've owned a AWSBS2 band saw (the model number for this saw before they created the hobby range) for many years. I'm a professional guitar maker and bought this saw to save space in my workshop. It's just about the smallest saw that will do what I need doing. It regularly saws 100mm thick maple, mahogany ebony and many other hardwoods and will cut out a 50mm thick guitar body in minutes. I can't understand many of the criticisms of this saw because I've never had any of the problems mentioned. Setting up a bandsaw and using it properly are skills that are only acquired with proper training and experience...you can't expect to just buy it today and use it to perfection tomorrow. I've had many years, probably thousands of hours of stirling service out of mine and would recommend it to anybody. Bob Johnson, Legra Guitars.
12 December 2016
Brilliant Machine1. great saw, its good for a beginner and amateurs.
1 October 2016
Excellent bit of KitI've just purchased one of these bandsaws second had from a friend- its a fantastic machine but it suffers the same problem as others have experienced in that an upgraded drive belt is required, i am having trouble locating the upgraded record drive belt that another reviewer has mentioned - can anyone provide a part number