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Posted on 2 speed Delta schroll saw circa 1991

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William

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#1 posted 539 days ago

If you look at my project, you’ll see a lot of my scroll work. I think I do a fair job, and that is the EXACT saw I use, except mine has variable spped. The variable speed doesn’t mean much since I keep the speed all the way up on the maximum all the time. So to answer the original question, NO, your saw is not outdated at all. You can do plenty of work on it.
This saw has two great things going for it.
The flip lever for the tension is a god-send. Once you get used to it, and set right, it is one flip to release the tension, then flip it back to retension. There is not an easier way to tension blades on the market, even today.
The next thing is the Quickclamp system. Of all the saws I have used and tried, this is my favorite blade clamp system. Flip a lever to release the blade, thread it through your work piece and insert it into the blade clamp. Flip the lever back. It’s ready to go. Again, I haven’t seen any systems easier than that.
The only complaint I have ever had with my saw was easily fixed. I don’t know if this is an issue on the older ones but I’m bringing it up just in case. On mine, when I got it, the small screw that runs through the Quickclamp system had a plastic thumb nut on it. This was used to adjust the tightness of the clamp to accommodate different sized blades. I stack cut a lot and actually use probably too much tension at times. Because of this, I require the blade clamp to hold the blade extremely tight. That plastic nut I mentioned, it stripped out pretty quickly. A quick trip to the hardware store got me an all metal wing nut to replace that plastic nut and it has been going ever since.

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