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thecoder

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Hi folks

Does anyone one have one of the the axminster 400 bandsaws please,and if so any feedback would be great...

They are just over £500 new and I wondered if people who had them thought they were value or not.

http://www.axminster.co.uk/axminster-ax ... rod804523/

Also a quicky if I may,when the spec talks about throat size,what does it mean ?

regards

Dave
 

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thecoder":2yle3u77 said:
...Also a quicky if I may,when the spec talks about throat size,what does it mean ?
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The distance between the blade and the vertical support column. (Max Width of Cut: 375mm)
 

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I don't have the 400 model but I do have the 350n - its smaller brother. Apart from size all the Axminster series are very similar. Been using it for quite a while now and it's done a lot of work. Been absolutely fine except for a seized-up guide bearing which was easily and cheaply rectified.

The only niggle is that to change the blade means removing the rip fence and its track, only four bolts but still a nuisance. I "cured" mine by cutting the track in half so the blade can pass through - as each half is still secured by two bolts no problem.
 

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RogerP":1kcipe5d said:
I don't have the 400 model but I do have the 350n - its smaller brother. Apart from size all the Axminster series are very similar. Been using it for quite a while now and it's done a lot of work. Been absolutely fine except for a seized-up guide bearing which was easily and cheaply rectified.

The only niggle is that to change the blade means removing the rip fence and its track, only four bolts but still a nuisance. I "cured" mine by cutting the track in half so the blade can pass through - as each half is still secured by two bolts no problem.
Looks like thats where my January Sale money is going Roger :D not that it is in the Sale :roll:
 

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I looked at the AWHBS 350 and 400 models but, in the end, I went for the SBW3501B.

Bit more expensive but it seemed more robust and I preferred the way the table was mounted. It also has a sideways slot for blade changing.

Good luck,
 
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