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Hi,

I am looking to purchase a good quality scrollsaw to support the creation of some personalised wooden gifts. The scrollsaw will work in conjunction with a GCC Spirit Laser Cutter/Engraver. The laser cutter has limited depth cutting so I feel that a scrollsaw will be perfect for those occasions. It will probably get some use every day for a an hour or two so I am looking for something that is reliable.

I am wondering if anyone has been lucky enough to experience both the Hegner and the AWFS18 as they both look very similar. I am happy to pay the extra for the Hegner if it of a higher build quality.

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I have 2 Axminster saws a AWFS18 and an Axminster EX30 both are superb saws and would do any type of scrollsaw work, the EX30 is very handy because you have a massive table (30") and i find it ideal for supporting longer pieces of wood etc. build quality is excellent too plus spares are cheap..Hegner are great saws and most people love them but i wouldn't rule the Axminsters out until you have tried one.
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Hi Brian,

Thanks for your reply... my name is Andy and I should have introduced myself for which I apologise :mrgreen:

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I too have an EX30 and can't recommend it enough. For me it's selling point over the Hegner was the fact the the saw arms and not the table tilt, giving much better control in my opinion. Bade change is simple and the machine has proven to be reliable so far

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Thanks for all the replies.

Do any of the Axminsters support the use of a foot pedal? Also is there a big difference apart from size between the AWFS18 and the EX series?

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Fireburst wrote:
Thanks for all the replies.

Do any of the Axminsters support the use of a foot pedal? Also is there a big difference apart from size between the AWFS18 and the EX series?

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Regarding foot pedal no they both have NVR switches and after contacting them they said a pedal would only work as a On/Off switch and not change the saws speed. The smaller EX series are 16" 24.5kg and 21" 29.5kg the EX30 is 30" 52kg none of them are lightweights but they are all built to last (the EX30 is VERY heavy so needs a solid stand, i bought the metal stand with mine and glad i did because it does need something solid to mount it on....there is virtually no vibration from any of the saws) The AWFS18 is 29kg 18" table.

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Thanks Brian, you have been most helpful.

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Your welcome Andy the other guys on here helped me get started 4 years ago and always try to help if possible
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Ordered the EX30 ... I was put off by the cost of the spares on the Hegner models plus I thought it better to go for a bigger machine to accommodate all eventualities.

It's being delivered on Monday :)

Thanks to everyone who offered advice.

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Fireburst wrote:
Ordered the EX30 ... I was put off by the cost of the spares on the Hegner models plus I thought it better to go for a bigger machine to accommodate all eventualities.

It's being delivered on Monday :)

Thanks to everyone who offered advice.


Great stuff Andy you won't regret buying it and your right the large table does come in useful. Don't know if you have bought any blades yet? if not I can recommend Pegas blades depending on what your cutting a good allrounder blade is Pegas number 5 Skip blades..........I use them from size 1 right up to 7's for thick Oak and Corian if your cutting thin stuff then 1's to 3's should be fine.
Cheers and save your energy for Monday as you will need as much strength as possible.....the EX30 is a big beast.............mine is nicknamed H M S Axminster as its like an aircraft carrier :lol:

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Claymore wrote:

Great stuff Andy you won't regret buying it and your right the large table does come in useful. Don't know if you have bought any blades yet? if not I can recommend Pegas blades depending on what your cutting a good allrounder blade is Pegas number 5 Skip blades..........I use them from size 1 right up to 7's for thick Oak and Corian if your cutting thin stuff then 1's to 3's should be fine.
Cheers and save your energy for Monday as you will need as much strength as possible.....the EX30 is a big beast.............mine is nicknamed H M S Axminster as its like an aircraft carrier :lol:

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Yes I have purchased a wide selection of Pagas Blades

I'm not too worried about the size and weight, I had a cnc delivered a few months ago that weighed around 200KG.... that was a beast!

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Fireburst wrote:
I'm not too worried about the size and weight, I had a cnc delivered a few months ago that weighed around 200KG.... that was a beast!

Bah, amateurs! I had to move my 480kg lathe from the garage, where Axminster dropped it off, into my workshop, which involved moving it over a step. Just took my time and thought about it for a month, planning a group of mates to help, but then I did it alone. :wink:

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Fireburst wrote:
I'm not too worried about the size and weight, I had a cnc delivered a few months ago that weighed around 200KG.... that was a beast!

Bah, amateurs! I had to move my 480kg lathe from the garage, where Axminster dropped it off, into my workshop, which involved moving it over a step. Just took my time and thought about it for a month, planning a group of mates to help, but then I did it alone. :wink:

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Nahhhhhh weakling I carried the Axminsters lorry over a 6ft Hawthorn hedge and into my workshop.......with two broken arms and a squint in one eye! :lol:

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haha getting the CNC into my workshop was easy (it was on a pallet).

Lifting it onto the bench on my own... well let's just say I was a few octaves higher for a few days :shock:

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Enjoy your Excali clone Fireburst (Andy). I have the Excali 21 and love it (mine was bought just before the - cheaper of course - clones were available from Axi!).

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