|Project by anigan||posted 02-15-2014 02:01 PM||1893 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
I was cutting away on my old mastercraft scroll saws on Wednesday when all of a sudden the blade stopped moving. I cracked open the side of it and found that the screw that held the motor to the cutter arms had completely worn away (explained why I had to clamp the beast to the table to use it this time).
I had been threatening to buy a new scroll saw since Christmas but have been putting it off because I’m cheap and my old crappy saw still worked. Well with the death of the master craft I finally had that push to spend half a grand on a new saw.
I was looking at the Excalibur ex16 and the dealt dw788. My biggest factor was wait time. I was in the middle of a project when ol thumper died so I was hoping to find a saw locally.
Sadly none of the local tool company’s had saws on hand and delivery was 2 to 3 weeks away. To the backup plan! The dw788 was being sold on Amazon and had a next day shipping option of over 100 bucks. But by taking advantage of a free 30 day trial of prime I suckered Amazon into next day shipping for 6 bucks!
So my order was placed and my obsessive checking of the ups package tracker began. Friday came and the saw was due to be delivered by noon. We were in the middle of a snow storm by 10am and the tracker now changed to no delivery times available.
Ire was now 9pm and I had given up on ups… I would have to wait till Monday to play with my new toy. I was still checking the package tracker every now and then though to see what time on Monday I would be expecting my saw. I loaded the tracking number and weirdly it said delivered? I checked period of delivery and it said front door. I opened the front door and….
I was gob smacked. Ups had delivered the package which was great but didn’t even knock on the door. They just left a big brought 500 dollar box on my front step hoping someone would be checking the front door occasionally for intruders.
So after a small rant of “lucky I was checking the package tracker” to my family I ran downstairs with my new toy. First off it’s a big heavy sucker. Twice the size of my old saw.
I was worried at first if it would fit in my micro shop ( more about that later). But I managed to clear a spot on my bench for the behemoth. Saw in place I now needed a test project. It being Valentine’s day I jumped on Steve goods site and headed for the Valentine’s section. What a better way to test a scroll saw then to make something for the wife. In a way this first project was critical as it’s quality as a gift would directly influence the amount of time she would deem acceptable for me to be locked away in the wood shop ;)
I settled on a fret work heart shaped box. I sent the design to the printer and headed upstairs to get it. My wife was near by and she wanted to see what I was making her. A little disappointed in my choice of project she booted up her laptop and started googling. She found a sigil from game of thrones that she liked and sent it to the printer.
With project in hand I scurried down to the shop. 45 minutes later I emerged amazed by my new wonder saw. I thought I enjoyed scrolling using my old master craft. In fact what I thought was scrolling was nothing like what the dw788 was doing. Cutting curves and details were effortless. I could never spin the master crafts pinned blades without breaking them which would result in me having to cut many small pieces to get the right shape.
With the dewalt I could not only turn the blade but I could now cut out most of the pattern without stopping! The saw answered my every command flawlessly. The only downside was my shoddy attachment of my print out. The spray aggressive didn’t stick well to the wood so I had to fight with my template, which was a nice change of pace from fighting the saw.
So far best tool purchase of the year!