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Posted on Please recommend a very inexpensive saw for a beginner

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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 01-15-2013 03:59 AM

From my small experience with scroll saws, there is not much difference between the saws in the $200 price range down to the $80 price range. Once you get around $500 things start changing and you are in a different world at the $1000 range.

I would not have any trouble recommending the little Ryobi 16in saw at the lowest end of the market. It uses plain and pin end blades. I actually have one I bought for my mother. No, it is not anywhere near a quality saw but if your budget doesn’t allow a high dollar one, it is not a bad little saw to use while waiting on a nice one.

If she enjoys the quiet and is patient, a manual saw can be quite fun as well. Good quality blades in in a manual saw will cut faster than you would think. Good work support and a comfortable position can make it a quite pleasant experience. A bit more elaborate but also take a look at the marquetry chevaliers that people are building.

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