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Posted on Please recommend a very inexpensive saw for a beginner

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#1 posted 01-15-2013 08:27 PM

Lumberjoe – your link was deleted by the poster – maybe he sold it or you bought it. Sounds like you’re in a pickle. If you buy a cheap saw your wife may have a bad experience and not like scrolling because of the cheap saw. Cheap means hard to change blades – cheap means a vibrating saw resulting in poor cuts and frustration – cheap means no blower for the dust – small throat capacity limiting the quality of the projects.

Like Rick said – buy what you can afford and buy once. She will have a better experience with a decent saw and a good saw will give her the capacity to do very nice projects. A good scroll saw is an asset to a woodworking shop. When I was installing my allure flooring, I was able to cut pieces to fit around the cast iron radiator legs. Scroll saws lets you add flare to wood projects and I’ve accomplished some difficult cuts made easy with my scroll saw.

Buy her a good saw and if by some odd chance she doesn’t like scrolling, you can sell it on craigslist and probably take less of a hit on the wallet then if you buy her a cheap one and have to upgrade. She will love you for buying her a good quality saw even if she doesn’t like scrolling. At best, she will feel guilty for leading you on to wasting your money and will want to make up to you (did I think that?).

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