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Posted on I'm on the hunt for a scrollsaw...

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#1 posted 10-27-2010 03:43 AM

Hello Jonathan, Reading your original thread, it amazed me the similarity in our quest for the right tools at the right prices. I wanted to share a recent expeience I had with a Porter Cable scroll saw – model PCB370SS – that I bought from Lowes in August 2010. I started scrolling arond 3-1/2 years ago and bought a Craftsman 18” saw on eBay for $25.00 plus shipping. That saw sells for around $210.00 new right now so I got a great deal. I basically wore it out and instead of replacing the upper and lower blade holder assemblies, I decided to pick up the new Porter Cable (PC) at Lowes for $189.00. Scroll Saw Woodworking Magazine had given the PC their blessing as the best low cost saw offered. When I got the saw home and assembled, I was really pleased with the lack of vibration compared to the Craftsman. I was building inventory for upcoming art shows and spent almost 5 hours a day and 10 hours a day on the weekends for a solid 4 weeks on projects. The saw lasted about 4 weeks and the blower died. Since it was a brand new saw, I returned it and got a replacement. That saw lasted around 6 hours and shook the motor loose from the frame. I again returned it and the third saw lasted until a week ago. The third saw had mis-aligned upper and lower arms and basically destroyed two attempts to cut a very intricate portrait of a lion’s head into a Cherry box top. Lowes was great and gave me a refund. I am now planning to buy an RBI Hawk 220VS from a local source. I looked at the Excalibur long and hard and I just don’t have the funds right now. I had wanted a Dewalt DW788 mentioned in several of the other responses here. Black and Decker owns Dewalt, Porter Cable, Delta and several other name brand tool lines. The PC saw I bought was made for PC by a company called Rexon in China. I understand production of the Dewalts has also moved there from Canada. It seems to me that Black and Decker is only interested in the financial benefits of these tools and not in their actual quality. Just a word of warning that the old Dewalts and the recent ones may only have the name in common. If you are looking at a used Dewalt, ask where it was built. Good Cutting!

-- Ted@AGTG WoodCraft

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