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#1 posted 12-21-2012 12:39 PM

I can see where the hold down may be of assistance for something like Mike was talking about. Balsa wood, such as used in models, is extremely light.
For thick stock that someone else was talking about though, I don’t see how the hold down would help. I’ve never seen one with enough downward tension on it to help keep thick stock from chattering on the table. It takes more force to hold that down.
I’m not sure though. A lot of things in scrolling is a matter of personal preference. This may be one of them. I do think though that a majority of scrollers remove the hold down.
I know if you do a lot of piercing cuts, such as some of the work I do, if it was left on the saw you would eventually get so frustrated by it that you’d rip it off.


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