Axminster Trade Series BS11 Bandsaw
Axminster Trade Series BS11 Bandsaw

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Axminster Trade Series BS11 Bandsaw

Code: 508475

  • Trade rated benchtop bandsaw, high quality construction, extremely versatile
  • Heavy gauge welded steel body, deep section cast iron table with ground surface
  • Rack and pinion adjustment of the table tilt and cutting depth for precision setting
  • Machined and balanced cast iron wheels for smooth running
  • Multi V belt drive with two belt ratios give high torque and long belt life
  • 750W fixed speed induction motor, for ample power
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Frequently Bought Together

  • Axminster Trade Series BS11 Bandsaw
  • UJK Technology Bandsaw Buddy
  • Axcaliber Freshcut 37 GT Bandsaw Blade 1,854mm(73") x 12.7mm 4 Tpi
Total: £1,079.60
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Trade Classification & 3 Year Guarantee

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.

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Specification

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
Model BS11
Nett Weight 60 kg
Overall L x W x H 590 mm x 540 mm x 850 mm
Power 750 W
Rating Trade
Table Height 340 mm
Table Size 350 mm x 350 mm
Table Tilt 5° - 0° - 45°
Voltage 230 V
Reviews (4)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 4.3 out of 5 based on 4 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews

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Bill Ebdon

27 August 2018

Excellent saw - very pleased

I 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.

From the first cut this bandsaw is so different. The instructions are very comprehensive and the blade tracks perfectly on the crown of the wheels. Bearing adjustment is straightforward and the cuts are perfectly aligned to the rip fence. Cutting through 130mm of Elm didn't cause it to slow at all and the dust extraction is very effective. And it is very quiet too. I just realised that I haven't used the table saw ever since I had this bandsaw - it is so much more pleasant to use.
In terms of quality I would have given 5 stars if not for the plastic locking levers used on the table tilt. I had to replace them with alloy ones on my Axminster table saw after a couple of years as the plastic grip collars were splitting and disintegrating.

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Jonathan Baldock

29 July 2018

Very precise bandsaw but needs some initial fettling

I'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.

With my modified table mounting studs, I am very pleased with this bandsaw. However I did remove the fine adjuster on the fence, as it simply got in the way, made it less easy to position the fence and was not worth the hassle. I feel the fence could be better designed, as it has to be slid out of the mounting channel rather than simply lifted off - which makes it slow to use. A fence such as that fitted to the SBW3501B would be much better. Any chance of offering such a fence as an upgrade, Axminster?

I hope by now the above quality control issue will have been sorted out by Axminster and the manufacturers - but if it hasn't and the problem persists, replacing the table mounting studs with ones cut from threaded rod and with flats ground on one side, is an easy way of overcoming the problem and enabling the zero clearance table insert to be used. Of course the saw can be used anyway with the wider slot insert, without new table mounting studs. Apart from this glitch, and the rather unsatisfactory design of the fence, it is a very good saw which can achieve great results.
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Frederick Day

10 May 2017

Initial perceptions

I have not yet used this machine, therefore a fuller report will follow at a later date. This review limits itself to first impressions.
The machine arrives well packed. The base of the packing is a small wooden pallet, the rest being thick substantial cardboard. Removing the cardboard is easy. Opening reveals an A4 full colour manual and the machine located in a well sealed large plastic bag .
The manual is illustrated with full colour pictures laid out in a helpful logical progression. Information contained is easy to understand and follow It is extremely comprehensive and includes an exploded parts diagram accompanied by part numbers.
This is a heavy machine and first impressions dictate that is very well made. The casing is made from steel and certainly gives the impression of quality. A trolley of some description is advised to move the item. It is well painted and attractive to look at. Currently I am extremely pleased with this purchase and it certainly gives the impression that care has been taken during manufacture.
Further reviews will be added at a later date after commissioning.
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Paul

27 January 2017

Excellent piece of kit

I 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:
1) The cutting height adjustment knob is only 25mm diameter - much too small for my increasingly arthritic fingers to grasp and twist comfortably. I've fitted a 60 mm diameter knob courtesy of eBay.
2) As mentioned in a commentary elsewhere on this site about the sister variable speed saw, the retaining nut for the fence micro adjuster falls out of its track if the fence is pushed all the way back to maximise the saw throat. This is a silly niggle that could easily be rectified by making the fence locating track a centimetre or so longer.
3) The shim steel blade side guard which extends out of the upper wheelcase when the cutting height is lowered, rubs against the blade. You would have to be a contortionist with a determination to damage yourself to actually contact the blade without this guard in place, so I took it off.

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