Record Power BS300E Bandsaw – Review

At our recent woodworking event held at our Cardiff branch we were visited by representatives from Record Power. During the show they demonstrated some of their machinery.  Our  machinery expert Dave Union was on hand to review some of the machines.

First up is the BS300 Mid Size Bandsaw

Record Power BS300E Mid Sized Bandsaw
On display at our Cardiff Showroom

With a maximum depth of cut of 190mm a throat depth of 305mm and powerful motor capacity of 1hp this is no lightweight bandsaw. The machine features a solid fence for accurate ripping and once the correct blade was fitted it performed very well on soft and hard wood. This bandsaw is the ideal machine for woodturners who cut out blanks for bowls up to 190mm deep.

Other features which were impressive were the micro switches on top and bottom doors which makes the machine completely safe when changing blades. The blade guides either side of the blade and the back thrust bearings mean that accurate cuts were achieved every time. The rise and fall guard assembly allows cutting timber to be achieved safely because the blade above the cut is not exposed. The machine even has cast iron bandwheels which are fitted with precision ground rubber tyres for a very smooth cut. People attending the show were impressed at the many features this machine offers and its exceptional value .

This machine also comes with its own stand, basic wheel kit, precision ground cast iron table and a decent mitre fence. The Record BS300E is currently displayed on the machinery floor at our Cardiff branch.

Record Power Woodworking Machinery Show

On the 13th and 14th of February our Cardiff branch will be holding a woodworking show supported by Record Power.

Record Power Spring Promotion Woodworking Show

Our expert staff accompanied by the professional woodworkers from Record Power will showcase the latest and greatest of the Record Power and Startrite range of tools, machinery

and accessories.

Record Power Show in Cardiff

There will be exclusive show offers on lathes, bandsaws, bench grinders, dust extractors, workshop air cleaners, table saws, planer thicknessers, morticers, bench drills, router tables, sanding machines, spindle moulders, bench sanders and more which will even beat the amazing value deals available in the Spring Promotion.

Record Power Spring Promotion Catalogue

Click above to view the Record Power Spring Promotion online.

If you would like some advice or wish to order any of these qualty tools and accessories please give us a call on 0845 2300 299 or use our enquiry form here.

Happy New Year 2010 to all our customers !

Power Tools 2010We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all of our customers the best for the new year 2010. Last year saw us launch our new website and we have been working hard compiling the online catalogue bringing you an excellent range of quality hand tools, power tools, woodworking and metalworking machinery as well as accessories and related products. 2010 will see further development of the online shop and we promise to bring you even more great deals and new tools. Have a prosperous new year !

Meet the Staff Part 2

Paul Richmond (Tool and Machinery Sales Advisor)

Meet our resident Tool and Machinery Expert Sales Advisor: Mr Paul Richmond.

Paul’s background explains why he has such a great knowledge of tools and machinery and is always able to give good advice to customers. After completing a full apprenticeship in the Royal Ordinance Factory he then worked for 7 years as a machinist in the engineering industry. During this time he developed a love of woodwork and spent his evenings honing his skills in various woodworking disciplines such as joint cutting and setting machines etc. Later he joined his friends general building company as a carpenter come kitchen fitter. He spent 6 good years with him and learnt a lot about working on site and building work in general as well as further developing his ability to work in wood. At the end of that six years Paul started his own business making furniture which lasted 4 years. He then moved into retail by working as a salesman for a builders merchant. Since his move to Data, Paul has built up an excellent rapport with customers who trust him in recommending the right tool for the job.

If you have any questions for Paul feel free to call or email him:

Tel: 0845 2300 299

Kasto BSMe2 Semi-Automatic Metal Cutting Bandsaw – Review

German manufacturer Kasto’s BSME2  is the ideal saw for a fabrication workshop offering large capacity cuts with automatic, adjustable downfeed.This sturdily constructed machine is brilliantly versatile covering a multitude of applications with it’s double mitring facility. Sawing box section, tubes and solids will become a breeze.

Kasto BSMe2 Semi Automatic Metal Band Saw
Available for viewing and demonstrations at our Cardiff Showroom

An economical Band Sawing Machine of sturdy construction, with two cutting speeds, for solutions of all kinds of cutting tasks, 90° and mitre cutting (-45°/+60°) of tubes, structural and solid material, designed for rough use in workshops. The KASTObsm E 2 offers uncompromising solutions for light to medium sawing tasks in machine shops. The universal bandsaw in sturdy construction is convincing in all sawing and mitre tasks (-45°/+60°) with reliability and process safety whether sawing tubes, profiles or solids. Among other things, the saw feed is controlled by an adjustable valve and the machine turns off automatically after the cut is finished.

In summary, this machine  is an ideal edition to any metal workshop. Once installed you won’t remember what it was like to be using that old machine with inaccurate and slow cuts….

To see more information and technical specification check the catalogue page at our main site here.

Metabo KGS255 Sliding Compound Mitre Saw Review

Metabo KGS 255 Sliding Compound Mitre Saw

The Metabo KGS255 is a compact and useful machine. It’s a straight forward tool with few frills,but is robustly made, easy to set and rewarding to use.. The saw is mounted on a wide alloy base with splayed feet for added stability. The revolving table has a press button adjuster for setting the click stops and a threaded handle for in-between settings. It turns to 45°  in either direction. The one-piece fence is fairly low but is ready drilled to accept a false fence. The sawhead runs on a pair of rails which are shrouded underneath an aIloy casting that carries the main hinging bracket. This is strongly sprung and has a locking pin. The front handle is comfortably angled towards the user and houses a small trigger and thumb-operated saw guard release that allows the guard to open.  The lower guard handily hinges up inside the upper guard. So there’s no chance of catching your fingers.

A gutsy little machine, although its motor is a little fierce the sliding action is beautifully smooth.

This saw is available from Data online or in their local branches located at Cardiff and Bridgend.

Impressive Solid Oak Sign crafted by Mcbeth Joinery

From time to time our customers invite us to take a look at the jobs they do using tools purchased from us. We are always proud to see the high quality work that is produced when a craftsman uses the high quality tools that we sell.  Here is a quality piece of workmanship from the team at Mcbeth Joinery. They were contacted by a luxury hotel in Switzerland and asked to craft a bespoke sign made from solid oak.

Bespoke Solid Oak Sign Routed with Trend and Carbitool router cutters

The 8oomm x 70mm solid oak sign was jointed with a Lamello Biscuit Joiner using no 6 biscuits. The design was routed with a Trend router and inlay cutter, then blackened with a pyrography burner. The outer diameter was trammelled with a Dewalt 1/2″ Router using Carb-i-tool Router Cutters. All these tools were supplied by Data.

We are sure you will agree that this is a quality piece of workmanship and will look great at the hotel in Switzerland.  Congrats to Mcbeth Joinery. Keep up the good work!

If you require a bespoke joiner / cabinet maker please contact Mcbeth Joinery at

Carb-i-tool Router Cutters

Carb-i-Tool Router Cutters from Data Powertools Ltd

Our lifelong commitment to bringing quality products, with first class service, to the market place is exemplified in the Carb-I-Tool range of Professional Quality Router Bits.
Manufactured to the highest standards for trade/industrial use, but available at D.I.Y. prices,this product fits perfectly with our 40 year old policy of supplying top brand products at competitive prices, coupled with expert advice, training and after-sales service.

Here is an independent review from Jack Faragher Australian Correspondent from ‘The Router’ Magazine:

“I have used Carb-I-Tool cutters for about 15 years and have found them to be well made and reliable. They keep their edges well and I use them to cut our native hardwoods such as jarra,tassie oak,sassafras,leatherwood,red gum etc.”

Data stands for much more than just ordinary powertools and equipment. Try them out for yourself and enjoy your work.

Data's Carb-I-Tool Routing Catalogue

click the catalogue cover to view online

Data’ best selling carbitool router cutters are available to buy online at

Meet the Staff Part 1

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Meet our resident Tool and Machinery Expert Sales Advisor:
Mr David Union.

Dave has a vast knowledge of tools and machinery especially in the woodworking industry. He has given sound advice to customers for many years ensuring that they get the right tool for the job.

Dave can advise you on purchases of industrial machinery such as lathes, bandsaws, planers, thicknessers, table saws, mitre saws, panel saws, scroll saws, spindle moulders, mortisers, radial arm saws, sanders, universal machines and dust extractors. He has previously overseen the installation of machinery at educational institutions and local government departments as well as looking after the needs of the local tradesman and the serious hobbyist.

A keen woodworker himself he can often be found in his workshop working on a new project in his spare time.

If you have any questions for Dave feel free to call or email him:

Tel: 0845 2300 299