Okay.. My gloat (Hegner Polymax-3) is now confirmed. After the
complete assessment of the saw and obtaining parts from the US
Distributor, Advanced Machinery (whose customer service is as fine as
the saw), I installed them and put the saw through some paces today.
My Polymax now is upgraded beyond even what the new one fresh from the
factory is in that I installed the upgrade quick-release tension rod and
the Quick Release upper blade clamp.
The blade clamp supports, which the previous owner had FUBAR'd since he
didn't have blade clamps and wanted to "try" to use pinned blades, were
replaced by the new version from Hegner. The new version allows for the
use of either pinned or pinless (using the blade clamps).
The difference between it and my old Craftsman 23" parallel arm 2-speed
scroll saw is like night and day which comes as no surprise. Vibration
even without the saw stand (OEM) anchored to the floor. On that score I
am debating possibly mounting the stand to a mobile base and then
placing within the base, one of ~ 50 or 60lb flooring weights I have
laying about. If not, I may just build a plywood shelf and set the
weight on that, removing it when I want to manhandle the saw to a
different spot in the shop for whatever reason.
Bottom line is that the $500 total investment has netted me a $3,000
plus scroll saw. My next best score has to be the comple
te set of Stanley No. 55 plane blades, in original wooden cases, unused,
that I scored at an estate sale for $3.00 to complement the No. 55 I
picked up with a half dozen blade at a flea market for $35.
When I suck, I suck big time. <g>
Now to sell off the Craftsman and recoup a bit of my investment.