I have a chance to by a 16" GMC (Global Machine Company) scroll saw for
$40US. I'm just getting into woodworking (already have a nice Delta TS),
is this going to be decent enough for basic work until I can afford a real
Thanks for any thoughts.
Many, but not most, who buy very inexpensive scroll saws do not get to enjoy
the hobby because of the poor machines they start off with. There are two
very important characteristics of a scroll saw: low vibration and the blade
moves only in up and down in single geometric plane. It is very important
that the blade not have any left-to-right movement during the blade stroke.
Be sure the saw you are looking at takes 5 inch plain end blades. Also
check the blade chucks are not warn or all bolts on the blade chucks have
good threads. Is there a dust blower system (small air puffs to clear the
area just ahead of the blade)? If so, does it work? Double check the
effort of changing the blade. You will do this a lot. Blades are cheap and
don't last long.
$40.00 is not much, as long as you know there could be problems because it
is used(?), and a $500.00 machine will be WAY better...Well it is your
Just remember: scroll sawing is a skill, don't take long to learn, and it
ain't hard to learn, but it is an eye-hand skill. There are no jigs or
expensive fences to buy. Just breaking a lot of blades as you learn to move
the wood past the blade following the line.
On Sat, 13 Jan 2007 18:39:34 +0000, Phil-in-MI wrote:
Thanks for the advice. I ended up buying the saw for $35, it is this
and takes 5" pin end blades which are simple to change. It appears to
be in decent shape, but the air blower hose is missing so I need to
get a replacement. The laser is worthless (as I expected) and the
table angle indicator needs adjusting.
But I've already used it to make some push sticks, and it will be
adequate for the basics as long as I go slowly. We can always upgrade
later, right? :)
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