DeWalt Scroll Saw #1: My first scroll saw

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Blog entry by Jerome posted 04-15-2013 02:39 AM 2572 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After cutting out several letters and other objects. I found that my Dremel Trio was not the best tool to do my bidding. It was very time consuming sanding and clamping pieces a surface in order to get the job done. I had some scroll saw experience , some 20 years ago, but I knew I had to pick one up.

I read several reviews here on LJ and watched many youtube videos. I did not want to spend $500 on a scroll saw, but I do have a woodworking principle, “buy quality once”. I even researched some of of the cheaper lower grade scroll saws due to my budget. I decided that I would buy the Dewalt 788 scroll saw. I also considered the excalibur, but it was too pricey.

Having already searched a few dozen pawn shops in the area about 9 months ago while looking for my tablesaw, I chose not to go that route and went on the old reliable Craigslist. I searched the Atlanta area and surrounding cities and found this saw near Greenville, SC, about 160 miles from Atlanta. the asking prices was $250 and it was on Craigslist for 5 weeks.

I was a bit leary of traveling for a saw, So many things can go wrong. I asked for a $50 reduction in price due to travel and they knocked off $25. Then, I did what any husband would do, take his wifes car to pick it up…brilliant!

I brought a blade and a scrap piece with me and test the saw. It worked great!.He said that he used it less than 10 hours. The owner was selling it because he had a better saw, according to his wife (who bought both saws for him). I believe it was a King saw. Anyhow, I was pleasedthe the saw came with a light attached. So I took it home, cleaned it up, and made some sawdust!

-- Jerome, Marietta, GA

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#1 posted 04-15-2013 03:16 AM

Great purchase. I have had this saw for over 10 years and never had a problem. I passed it on to my daughter who uses it almost on a daily basis. I now have an Excalibur and although it is a great saw, I am on the hunt for another DeWalt.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#2 posted 04-15-2013 09:38 AM

A great saw at a fantastic price. You are sure to get a lot of enjoyment out of it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 04-15-2013 12:44 PM

I upgraded to a DeWalt several years ago. It will do everything I ask of it and more. You might want to find Rick Hutcheson’s site ( Lots of information on the DeWalt including tuneup’s – which you will not need for a while. Look forward to seeing some product from you.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#4 posted 04-15-2013 02:51 PM

Thanks Jerrells! This is definitely a lot of good info in his site. Ill add it to my favorites!

-- Jerome, Marietta, GA

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