I just picked up a used Delta 40-560 scroll saw for $40 off of Craigslist…that frugal marketplace for the carefully adventurous. It needed some cleanup, including a thorough cleaning of the table with Simple Green, sandpaper and wax. It now looks pretty darned good although it looks like I have to realign the table to the blade. My concerns are primarily related to the blade. Being a scroll saw virgin, I did not know anything about traditional chucks vs. quickset chucks. Although this scroll saw is 409-560 TYPE 2, it did not come with the quickset chuck for the top of the blade (the bottom is the standard mount that uses the provided tool). Unfortunately, the blade changing instructions in the manual (downloaded from Delta’s website) only provides information on changing the blade using quickset. I have checked on the quickset chuck and can apparently get one for about $25 at the Delta service center (appears to be a pretty good price based upon a quick search on the internet). Although the changing from the traditional to the quickset is supposedly a little tricky, the tech at the service center says it is not difficult for someone to do. Is the quickset worth it? I also cannot find any clear instructions for how to change the blade with the original chuck. It has a wire spring clamp holding the back together and a bolt/nut combo through the front of the chuck. It appears that the blade is inserted after loosening the nut and then the nut/bolt are tightened down on the blade end while trying to keep the blade and chuck properly aligned. I cannot tell for sure where the blade is mounted in the chuck but it appears to be just in front of the bolt (as opposed to between the bolt and the spring clamp). I only plan on using the saw occasionally and will not be doing production work. Mostly, I just want the ability to do some tight cutting if a design calls for it. Any thoughts, recommendations, suggestions regarding this would be appreciated.
Also, I stopped at Woodcraft and asked about a universal blade that would be the most effective for routine work on 1/2” or 3/4” wood. The staff suggested the Olson skip tooth No. 9 with 11.5 TPI. I have tried it and it seems a little light weight and does not seem to cut very well. I did make sure that the teeth point down so I think it is properly installed. Any ideas regarding blades.
I love this forum as an information resource. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
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