I bought my scroll saw at a tool repair center. Seems they weren't able
ti fix it and sold the owner a new saw. It has a 1/8 hp direct drive
TEFC motor and it works great once you know something about motors.
When I got it home I plugged it in and turned it on. The motor started
to spin but stopped. I gave it a nudge and ir ran fine, but the next
time I turned it on, the problem started all over again' So, while it
was off, I slowly rotated the motor shaft and found that in one spot it
dragged. When I looked close, the fan was rubbing the motor case. I
pried it away and it has worked fine ever since.
Last year I bought my BS. ZIt is a Delta 10" saw which I really enjoy.
At first I had the usual problem with the blade wandering and thought
I'd have to come up with a better cool block when T ran across the
Carter guides. I was told these guides use a low tension blade like the
Olsen Pro. I bought a couple blades when I bought the guides and went
home to put them on. When I put the blade on, I just squeezed the
pulley down til the blade popped over it and spun it with my hand to
make sure it was on. Then I adjusted the guide accordingly and tried
it. It cuts as easy as a scroll saw, but the only thing you can't do is
cut the inside of a hole. I have used my BS to resaw the thickness of
3/4" PB to half that size. Perfect cuts. PS, My Delta BS comes with a
work light and a 7" cutting under the blade, unlike the 12" which has 6"
under the blade and the 14" which has 6" under the blade unless you get
the expensive riser block.
scroll saw vs. baby bandsaw?
Group: rec.woodworking Date: Fri, Nov 21, 2003, 7:06pm (MST+2) From:
SWMBO is interested in buying me a machine for some reason. I can't
figure it out either, but she brought it up.
She has in mind to buy me a scroll saw, I think. That could have side
benefits if she herself will play with the thing. She could make lots of
little cut-and-paint stuff, and might have a blast. Might, if. She's not
much of a tool person, and even though she *could*
use it, I wouldn't
give better than a 40% chance that she actually *would*
use it. My kids
might play with it too though, so that's probably another plus in that
As far as my own someday list, I keep constantly wishing I had a
bandsaw. I don't have *room*
for a big one, period, no way, no how,
can't happen. I'm already going to have to get *very*
figure out how to shoe horn my JET mini lathe into my shop. So I was
looking at the 9" Delta at Lowe's. Not much capacity, but maybe enough
capacity for most of the things I have in mind right now that I would do
with it. The real question I have is whether I could get $100 worth of
use out of it during the time between now and whenever (1-5 years,
depending) I build a larger shop.
Is a baby bandsaw better than nothing? How about resawing something like
box trays on a scroll saw?
Back to scroll saws for a moment, let's just look at Lowe's. They have a
cheap, medium and expensive model. The expensive one is a Dremel. Seems
like a nicely made unit, but since I'm the one providing most of the
cash SWMBO would use to buy such a thing, I can understand why she
winced at the $189 price tag. The $99 variable speed Delta would be less
painful, but it looked somewhat crappy. I'm wondering how crappy it is
in actual use.
Finally, let's throw routers into the fray. My Crapsman router is all
but useless. I have to set the height in my table by propping it up with
various bits of scrap until I get somewhere in the neighborhood of where
I want to be. It won't even pretend to hold a depth setting anymore. Is
there a router worth looking at in the $100 price range? I'm still not a
router person, but I do like to put decorative edges on things
occasionally, and I do use my router once in a blue moon. Having
something more agreeable would not be unwelcome. $100 is too low, right?
I figure a good router would cost $250. Is that in the ballpark? I
haven't been looking at them.
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