Last week I was sitting around in my cabin garage, shooting breeze with the contractor that we use up there. He is also a custom cabinet maker on the side, so we have a decent amount in common to talk about. He mentioned that he had a Craftsman scroll saw laying around that he hardly uses, and paid about $180 for. I asked if he would consider getting rid of it, and he said $50 and it was mine. Done deal. I figured that it would be in good shape, given that I know and trust this guy pretty well. This weekend when the family was back up there, he brought it over. My initial impression was that it was older than what I expected when he said he hadn’t used it much since he bought it. But hell, with the beating that Craftsman gets on the forums these days, it’s probably better to have one with age. It is a pretty nice saw: all metal, variable speed, tilting table, and air hose. The air supply is a little weak, so I suspect either a cracked hose or air bag. One thing that seems odd to me is that the variable speed knob is also the power switch, which gets pulled up to turn the machine on. This is my first scroll saw, so this might just be new to me.
Overall I’m happy with the deal. What do you guys think of it?
-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.