Scroll Saw advice

I'm planning to attend a woodworking show in Ottawa next weekend, am interested in purchasing a new scroll saw - a variable speed model. Any suggestions appreciated!
G. Campbell
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My wife has a delta and she really likes it....
http://www.deltawoodworking.com/index.asp?e 6&p1
Christian

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If you are looking at the ~$100 scroll saws I would recommend the Delta over the Craftsman, dremel, etc. The Delta has a nice blade clamp mechanism that is easy and quick for changes. The other brands basically have a bolt that clamps on to the blade (and twists it making the blade weak after about 3 changes).
Don't have any experience with the better models though.
Jim

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RBI or Excalibur for the top end stuff.

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I have the RBI 24" and it is great. However, it really depends a lot on what your application is. Almost all current scroll saws have an aggressive cutting stroke. The blade cycles forward a bit on the down stroke. The old spring return saws kept the blade moving "in place". For fret work, the less horizontal motion in the blade, the better. The Hegner probably has the least motion I've seen of the currently available. It is also one of the most expensive. Now, if your app is not fret work, I would yeild to GC's comment below. Respectfully, Ron Moore

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http://www.onlinetoolreviews.com/reviews/deltass250.htm
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Has that basic design gotten any better? I had one of the early Delta saws of that design and it was a POS.
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On Mon, 22 Nov 2004 01:30:15 GMT, "Leon"

I've heard several owners of Delta scroll saws complain about vibration issues. Heavy is a good thing.
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Apparently still a POS.. LOL... Mine would hardly set still and you often had to push down on the arm to get it going and changing blades really was a cumbersome act plus......
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I built a box apprx. 20" square x 6" deep that my Delta saw is bolted to, then drilled a hole in the top and filled it full of sand, which cuts down vibrations to almost nothing.
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http://www.onlinetoolreviews.com/reviews/deltass250.htm
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I had 4 of these in the school shop where I taught. They ran all day every day and never missed a beat. If they can stand up to kids they are indestructable.

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On Sun, 21 Nov 2004 15:14:37 -0500, "G. Campbell"

If at all possible, particulary since you will be at a show, try to get some hands on time on each of the saws you are considering. It shouldn't take long to tell which ones are smooth and which will make your hands go numb after a half hour.
I have a Dremel 1680 variable speed, 16" saw, which I am comfortable with. It can use both pinned and straight blades. It has a lamp, adjustable blower nozzle and under table connector for the dust collector. Unfortunately, I haven't had a lot of time to play with it.
Bob McConnell N2SPP
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That same show was in Calgary recently. Several vendors had the Dewalt DW788 with stand listed at about 550.00.

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