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    Hi all. John from Liverpool UK.

    After much research I've just about settled on an Axminster AWFS18.

    Am I correct in assuming that blade clamps and relevant bolts are to be thought of as consumables?

    I've got loads of offcuts in 12mm Baltic Birch and 20mm pine, so I might as well order a gross of suitable FD blades but I need to be told what blades are suitable.

    Also, are there any types of project where pinned blades would be better than plain blades or is it best just to forget that pinned blades exist?



  • #2
    I contacted Mike a few days ago and he informed me that pinned blades are very seldom used. He only sells plane blades. Send him an email with any questions on types of blades. He is very helpful.

    His site also has some very helpful information

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    • #3
      I'm not familiar with that particular saw, but generally speaking blade clamps, grub screws, thumb screws, etc can be wear items, but it should take considerable time before they need replaced. Never hurts to have a set or two on standby, in case something goes wrong in the middle of a project, but I wouldn't necessarily consider them consumables.

      As for blades, most folks will tell you to stick with the plain end blades. There are many more sizes and tooth configurations available in the plain end blades and they cut so much nicer than pin end blades. It's been years since I've had any reason to use them. It was probably to cut some treated 2x4's to make some planter box holders. This was before I had a bandsaw, so the larger blade size and more aggressive cut worked well for this kind of work, but I can't recall ever using them for anything else. I don't think I even have any lying around anymore.
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      • #4
        afaik, the Axminster AWFS18 is a Hegner clone. The joys of expiring patents I guess.

        On Hegner UK, I saw the 'clock key screws' for the blade clamps being sold in 50's as well as by the half dozen. So not something that lasts forever methinks.

        I really can't justify the cost of a new Hegner and I know most of the old ones are still going strong but I want new technology smooth and quiet so I can do some woodworking after midnight. User reports of the Ax 18 being quiet and minimal vibration but it was some leap for me to go from wanting the AWFS16 single speed model to the vari speed at 5 times the price.

        I already have a bandsaw so no pinned blades needed.


        • #5
          Sounds like a plan, jm51. You are on the right path, with the saw & yes the Flying Dutchman blades are tops. Just contact Mike & he can advise you on what blades you need for your projects. Those clamps should be good for some time, so not a real wear out problem. Just nice to have a spare set, if anything does go wrong. Good Scrolling to you.


          • #6
            Have just got back from the Axminster tool shop in Warrington. Was an impulse visit suggested by my brother, who provided the transport. Also picked up a mixed pack of Pegas blades so I've got something to work with for now.

            So my new saw is here and was making sawdust in less than 5 minutes after leaving the box as there was a tensioned blade already fitted.

            It's home for the moment is the kitchen worktop until I can turn the front bedroom back into a workshop (long story) and the vibration I was worried about is virtually non existent. Will be great for nocturnal woodworking. It looks good next to the Kenwood Chef. lol

            Speed control is great although a bit more vibration at the lowest speed than sounds healthy, probably down to the electronics rather than the moving parts.

            Haven't fitted the emergency stop or the air blower yet. Time to read the manual...well just a few more test cuts first... lol


            • #7
              Hi Jim. I am in the UK as well. Don't forget to oil the bearings every time you use the saw, just a drop or two is needed on each side. I don't know what you plan on making. I work mostly 3/4 thick hardwoods and would not use anything other than Mikes ultra reverse blades. The pegasus blades you bought have had good reports so you should be fine for a while. If you contact Mike he will give you very sound advice.


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