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Type of machine

Table Saw

Manufacturer

Axminster

Designed in

United Kingdom

Production status

Vintage

  • Axminster TS 250M Table Saw Standard
  • Axminster TS 250M Table Saw

    With all upgrades.

  • Axminster TS 250 M Extension Table
  • Axminster TS 250 M Sliding Table
Specifications
Blade Diameter: 250 mm Power: 1500 W
Max cutting height: 80 mm Max ripping width: 160 mm
Arbor size: 30 mm Weight: 80 kg
Blade Tilt: 90 - 45° Working height: 360 mm
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The Axminster TS 250M was a heavy cast iron table saw aimed at hobbyists. Compared to similarly priced jobsite saws, it sacrifices mobility for heavier duty materials. It is basically a small version of a cabinet saw, meant to be used in a workshop.

It was the larger version of the TS 200M, which is very similar except for being slightly smaller and having a smaller blades size (200mm vs 250mm).

Heavy and sturdy, but small as a base model

At 80 kg for the base model, this saw is noticeably heavier than jobsite saws like those from DeWalt and Bosch. It also has a perfectly flat cast iron top surface, which is a big upgrade compared to jobsite saws where the top can often be bowed. This helps in making accurate cuts.

Upgrades and extensions

Several upgrades were available for the TS 250M, including a sliding table mounted to the side, a side extension table, and a leg stand. The sliding table is a nice featured that allows for crosscutting sheet materials. Do note that it does not run right by the blade, so it cannot be used for rip cuts. Still, it’s a nice feature for this price range.

Axminster TS 250 M Sliding Table
Sliding Table with Stops and Clamp

An important thing to note is that the saw is quite small without the extension table. The maximum rip cut width is only 160 mm, which increases to 760 mm with the extension table added.

Axminster TS 250 M Extension Table
Extension table, without it the rip capacity is very limited.

Problematic fence, but can be upgraded

One of the major weaknesses of this model is the fence that has several issues. However, it can be replaced by an aftermarket one which should eliminate this problem.

Poor dust extraction

The other downside of the TS 250 M is its poor dust extraction, which is the result of the low price. There are some ways however to improve dust extraction, and I’ve linked to an excellent thread below.

How to improve dust extraction

Some users have found ways to significantly improve dust extraction by adding an extra port to the side of the cabinet. Check out this thread on UKWorkshop to see examples and explanations.

Replaced by the AC254TS model

The TS 250M is no longer sold by Axminster, and it has been succeeded by the AC254TS, which has quite a few improvements over the old model, but is significantly more expensive (more than double the previous price). This puts it in a different price range and makes it no longer a competitor to jobsite saws, but rather a cheaper alternative to real cabinet saws.

Machine Atlas Verdict

This saw requires some attention to finetune it, but when set up it is very accurate and stable, especially for the low price.

Value for money

B

Quality

B

What we don't like

  • Very poor dust extraction
  • Cheap build quality
  • Fence has issues (but can be upgraded with aftermarket one)

What we like

  • Cast iron table
  • Heavy build
  • High cutting height
  • Precise
  • Sliding table upgrade available

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Detailed Specifications

All the specs and options for the Axminster TS 250M Table Saw

General
Working height360 mm
Weight (standard configuration)80 kg
Total height480 mm
Total width800 mm
Motor
Motor Voltage1x 230V
Extra Features and Options
Sliding tableOption
Extension table (width)Option
Leg standOption
Table Saw
Maximum Cutting Height80 mm
Maximum Ripping Width160 mm
Table Dimensions635 x 430 mm
Saw blade
Saw Blade Diameter250 mm
Tilt90 - 45°
Arbor diameter30 mm

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