I've never done any scroll sawing and didn't want to invest in a new
high quality scroll saw until I am comfortable with the skill. I
bought a used DW788 for $100.00 knowing it needed some repairs. After
spending another $100.00 for a new on/off switch and variable speed
control with the circuit board, it works great. I do have one question
however. When I increase the speed past about 600 rpm, it starts to
skip and stall and actually slow down. It doesn't knock or make any
other bad sounds. It just seems to start skipping strokes. Does anyone
have any idea what may be causing the problem?
I have been doing some limited research on the DW788. Dewalt didn't
put a lot of effort into posting much information about it on their
web site. Can someone tell me the difference between the 788 and the
I can't but I have the 788...I have never heard of the 788L model.
As a matter of fact, I can't find anything on DW788L except from 2
sites who sell parts.
The 788 is an excellent machine. I would suggest opening the frame and
check out the works. Possibly disconnect the motor from the cam. See if
the motor still slows down. Then you have 2 questions. Is the problem
with the motor or the new switch speed controller.
If it doesn't slow, you should start looking for gummed up works which
may be overheating the motor. Don't overlook bent parts which may be
doing the same.
According to the Dewalt service site the difference between the DW788 and
the DW788L is the DW788L includes the stand.
Parts Docs: (Follow the link from the above service link if you can't get
these long links to work. The page looks funky, the doc links are the pdf
icons on the left of the DW788 page, same links as below)
Probably not what you want to hear after you've already spent the money
and time. Below is knowledge for other potential buyers out there.
You will have a decent machine if/when you get it all running.
However, for your next purchase both plansnow.com and popular mechanics
compared and reviewed scrollsaws and both gave good ratings for the Ryobi
SC164VS entry level scrollsaw $99 new with 2yr warranty ($79 on sale),
and other manufacturer/models for under $125 new with warranty.
Definitely not as good as a new DW788, but it might have been a better
unit to decide whether or not you like to use a scrollsaw, rather than
getting something that needs service. Your time spent acquiring parts and
repairing adds up and you may never know if it is working as well as it
can unless you can find a new DW788 to compare. I prefer new with
warranty for my own "test" purchases, if I can find a unit well reviewed
for under $100. That way I'm working the day of purchase. Then I can
decide what features in the more expensive units I really need and what's
missing in the cheaper unit, stability, bed length, etc.. After 2yrs when
the warranty runs out I can probably still recover 1/3 of the cost
($25-30) by selling it used or give it away as a gift. Or use it in
assembly line production, leave one tool set up at 45deg angle and one
flat 90deg to speed production without constantly resetting/re-checking
I'm definitely not in favor of cheap tools, but if you only need a tool
to finish a job or need it for test driving, sometimes a well reviewed
cheaper unit will do to start. I wish I could afford your testing budget.
DW788's are $419 new with warranty so you still have a way to go.
$100 + $100 parts + shopping time + repair time + still doesn't work
right. Get the stall problem fixed and you should have a decent sturdy
workhorse for less than new cost.
As for the stall problem, don't have one, sorry can't help there.
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