This benchtop bandsaw is made to exacting standards to encompass all the features found on top quality floor standing machines. Designed in house, we set out to create a bandsaw with many unique features. The one piece frame is made from heavy gauge welded steel and is extremely rigid to withstand high blade tensions. A cast iron deep section table is fitted, featuring a ground table surface and a rack and pinion tilt mechanism with indexing stops for common angles. The heavy gauge alloy rip fence is mounted on a cast alloy bracket which also incorporates a fine width adjustment. The fence is clamped with a cam action lever, easily released to allow swift adjustment. Blade guides are all ball bearing with micro adjustment for accurate control. The top guide is mounted on a steel hexagon bar for stiffness and adjusted for height by a small rack and pinion system. A pair of cast iron band wheels, nicely machined and balanced are driven by a multi V belt with a choice of two speeds. The BS11 features a 750W fixed speed induction motor, great for cutting all types of wood. Supplied with a 1/2" x 6tpi bandsaw blade.
|Bandsaw Blade Length||1,854 mm (73")|
|Blade Speed||534 & 819 m/min|
|Dust Extraction Outlet||63 mm|
|Max Cutting Height||160 mm|
|Max Width of Cut||250 mm|
|Max Width of Cut with Fence||220 mm|
|Min Extraction Airflow Required||390 m³/hr|
|Nett Weight||60 kg|
|Overall L x W x H||590 mm x 540 mm x 850 mm|
|Table Height||340 mm|
|Table Size||350 mm x 350 mm|
|Table Tilt||5° - 0° - 45°|
27 August 2018
Excellent saw - very pleasedI bought this saw to replace an Inca Euro 205 that I have had for many years and never been satisfied with. It didn't have enough power and I could never get the blade to track reliably plus the door safety switch actuator was poorly designed and didn't act as the plastic door flexed. It had a rip fence but I never could use it because the drift was bad and unpredictable.
29 July 2018
Very precise bandsaw but needs some initial fettlingI've had this saw for about 9 months, as a replacement for an old small basic Axminster bandsaw, which had done good service but was less precise than I now want. Every bandsaw needs to be set up carefully, with the mitre slot exactly parallel to the blade and the fence, if it is to resaw accurately without blade drift. To do so on this saw you first tension and track the blade correctly. Then slacken the four nuts holding the saw table to its carrier and jiggle the table until the mitre slot is exactly parallel to the blade. You then tighten up the nuts, and adjust the fence until it is parallel to the mitre slot (and therefore also the blade). When I had done this, I found that the blade was not central in the slot in the removable metal disc in the table - in fact it was about 3 mm out. This meant that the zero clearance disc could not be used (but only the disc with the wider slot). No amount of readjustment could achieve the blade running centrally in the slot, and also parallel to the mitre track. In essence, the table was mounted too far away from the main spine of the saw. Further investigation revealed that the tapped holes for the mounting studs in the cast bosses on the underside of the table had been drilled off centre. Axminster sent me a replacement table - but this had exactly the same feature. They then contacted the manufacturer, who sent a design drawing which showed off-centre holes in the bosses! I returned the second table and Axminster said they would send me a table with undrilled bosses, to enable me to drill and tap them myself (which I can do), so as to get them exactly central - but I'm still waiting for this (to be fair, they said it would be quite a long time before they could get one). My work-around was first to open out the slots in the table mounting trunnion slightly with a file, to enable more adjustment. However there is not enough metal to achieve the required result without unduly weakening the mounting. I therefore made up four replacement mounting studs from some 8mm stainless threaded rod which I had, and ground small flats on the same side of each one, to increase the lateral adjustment of the table. This achieved the desired result. With that fettling - which should not be necessary on a saw of this price - the bandsaw runs very well and is extremely precise and very quiet. I can cut very thin veneers in hardwood to precise thicknesses with no blade wander.
10 May 2017
Initial perceptionsI have not yet used this machine, therefore a fuller report will follow at a later date. This review limits itself to first impressions.
27 January 2017
Excellent piece of kitI bought this to replace my 9 year old Electra Beckum BAS 250G after eventually conceding I needed a saw with better sawing depth capability. I looked at several wheeled floor standing saws, but I was drawn to this one because I really wanted a machine which retained the chest-high table height of a typical benchtop saw. This Axminster saw seems to be in a class of one in this respect. Yes, it may seem expensive - but the areas where the money has been invested are clear to see and experience. The whole package exudes a feel of solidity - it weighs twice as much as the Electra Beckum despite only offering the same 250 mm throat. The cast iron wheels , substantial cast iron table and thicker steel frame are the culprits, but each factor is a positive contribution to the performance of the saw. I am really pleased with it - it does everything I was hoping for. The blade guide bearings are a revelation after the Electra - easy to adjust and a very robust feel to them. The cutting height adjustment rack has no backlash and maintains blade guide alignment over the full range of adjustment. Overall I am very pleased with it - there are just a couple of very minor niggles which I feel Axminster could easily resolve: