I am thinking of buying a scroll saw. What would any of you
recommend, as far as best quality/low price.
I know there are high priced saws, but I want to stay within
my meager budget.
Sun, Feb 18, 2007, 7:28pm (EST-3) firstname.lastname@example.org doth burble:
<snip> but I want to stay within my meager budget.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, sure, right. Then why didn't you even think to
say what your budget is? Most people here don't read minds, and the few
that do aren't talking..
When in doubt, go to sleep.
- Mully Small
No argument there, but the reviews I've read say the DeWalt is almost as good
with a lot lower price. I bought the DeWalt. I don't do a lot of scroll
sawing but it's worked great for me when I did need it.
I've even tried standing a nickle on edge on the table while running the saw.
Only time it fell over was when I hit it with the wood I was sawing :-).
P.S. Doesn't work with the "new" nickle.
It would help greatly if you would say what your budget is. There are, of
course, people on here that are going to say that nothing but top of the
line will do. Not the case. I have occasional use for a scroll saw but not
enough to drop $1000.00 on one. I have a Dremel. It does a good job. I'm
pretty satisfied with it.
Most bang for the buck is the DeWalt but it is not the least expensive.
I had the small Delta VS 16" for many years and you can do good work it
but it does vibrate and the blade change setup is less than ideal
for fret work. I believe the model # for that saw was 40-560 and that
it has ben discontinued and replaced with a similar sized, hopefully
improved model. I have not used one but Dremel makes 2 models that look
pretty good, I believe one is 18" with a small disk sander built in.
IIRC it's in the $250 range. The other is comparable to the 16" Delta
and in the same price range.
Better to be stuck up in a tree than tied to one.
Larry Wasserman - Baltimore Maryland - lwasserm(a)sdf.lonestar.org
I started with a Ryobi About $100.00 Au Good value for money but had to
spend anther few bob on pinless blade clamps. The Allen key used to
change blades was a pain.
Next came a Delta variable speed, roughly $250.00 Au. The tooless blade
clamps and variable speed was like stepping into another world after the
Now I have Dewalt 20" variable speed, Near enough to $800.00 Au. but
worth every penny.
Not just another world but another dimension.
Hope this gives you a bit of hand out.
I saw one that a guy made from a dryer moter, some springs, nylon cord
and wood. Look in your stack of old fine Woodworking magazines. Maybe
a 15 years old or older. He said it works real well and had either a
2" or 3" stroke.
On 18 Feb 2007 19:28:29 -0800, " email@example.com"
Most Bang for the Bucks: DeWalt 788
***Don't buy used from EBay-- Short time frame a while ago some 788's had
bad tables. Center of table around the blade hole was several Thousands
below rest of table. I think the factory overseas corrected the
manufacturing error by now. DeWalt, by all reports that I know about,
replaced table under warranty to original owners.
Stay away from Sears Craftsman line of scroll saw. Too much vibration.
Same for Harbor Freight.
For inexpensive saws, look at Delta SS250, or SS350. Be aware that there is
a common "pilot error" in installing blades such that the back of the blade
is not at 90 degrees to table (front to back.) Installing the blade at a
slightly 7 to 10 degrees off perpendicular causes all kinds of cutting
problems. Some very angry and frustrated owners blame Delta of poor design
of blade clamps that allow this common "pilot error." Think about it, two
or three hours of work being turned into firewood because of incorrect
replacement blade installation. Install blade correctly, you have a good
saw for the money.
If you are looking for saws under $100.00 USD, in a home improvement store,
you are on your own.
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