I don’t know where to begin this morning. After being buried in paperwork and writing yesterday, I may be close to being tapped out (for the moment anyway). I think today’s entry will be short and sweet so I can get back to finishing writing my patterns and get everything up on the site today. (I know – promises, promises!)
I spent most of the day writing pattern instructions. Although I don’t really mind it that much, it does get to me after a while. It try to keep up, but when I am in the creative, production mode I don’t like to slow down too much and break the rhythm. But writing that much at a time is always tedious at best. Many of the steps are the same and it takes a great deal of concentration to get things right.
In the middle of it all, I received an email reply from an inquiry I made to Delta regarding their new saw. They sent links to making a proposal to them as to sponsoring me with their new scroll saw so I could review it. That would be sweet, because my saw is about 12 years old. Although it works fine, it is getting older and it would be great to have a new one and use mine for a back up.
I use as DeWalt 788 saw. (It is the only saw DeWalt makes) At one time in Chicago, I had three saws – An RBI Hawk, a Heagner and the DeWalt. Even though the other two saws were close to $1000 US, my go to saw has been the DeWalt from the first day I got it. Ironically, I didn’t have to pay for any of the three, as things were flourishing in the scroll saw industry and I was given the RBI and the DeWalt for working with the companies and I did a show that the magazine sponsored and demoed on the Heagner and the owner of the company said I sold so many saws for him (I sent people who were interested to his booth) that he gave me that as a demo.
The other two are excellent saws, but for many reasons, I have always liked the DeWalt better. I think for the money it is the best saw on the market. I loved the ease of changing the blade, the size of the table and the precision and lack of vibration. At less than half the cost of the others when on sale, it is the way to go I feel. I wound up giving the other two away in near-new condition when I came here from Chicago.
Now Delta (who is owned by the same company as DeWalt) came up with a new saw which is very similar to the DW788. Critics say that they just painted the yellow saw gray. But a few years ago, DeWalt had begun having the saw made in China I believe and people were saying the quality declined. My saw was pre-China made, so it is difficult for me to complain. I wonder where this new one is made? I also want to see the differences between this one and the 788. I mean, why would a company produce a near-identical product under a different wrapper? So I inquired and got this form to fill out and who knows? Maybe they will send me a saw to test and review. It could be fun and you can bet that if I do receive one I will post a review here. I am very curious to see what, if any upgrades there are on it. After all, I have customers ask me all the time to recommend which saw is best. I know that the Excalibur is a wonderful machine from what I have heard, but the price tag is over $1000 and that is pretty steep – especially for someone just testing the waters.
I found that most of the lower priced saws have issues that can be very discouraging to someone new in scroll sawing. I hate to send them down that path because the level of frustration is usually high and people give up shortly after trying. But nearly $500 for the DeWalt is still nothing to sneeze at. There are many people who sell saws on Craig’s list and ebay and I think you just have to get lucky if you are going that way. Garage sales are also a possibility, but again, you have to be lucky. Many times people bought the saws and for whatever reason never really used them (WE don’t do that with any of OUR tools, do we??) Those are the best finds.
So we will have to see what comes of it and what they say. I will certainly keep you posted.
Other than than, programming, programming, programming today. I also am due for a full backup of everything. The new 2TB back up drive arrived yesterday (Western Digital – about $120) and after losing not one but TWO Seagate/Maxtor drives in the past year, I finally feel that I can back up my stuff onto something reliable (keep your fingers crossed!) Watch those Seagate/Maxtor drives if you have one – Google them and see what people are saying. I lost one after 8 months or so last October and the new one that they sent me crapped out again in the beginning of May. What a false sense of security! I read up on them and there are horror stories after horror stories as to their reliability and customer service. Yes, they are cheap, but what good are they if they don’t work? That company is a prime example of getting too big too fast. They are marketed under many names too, so beware when you are looking. Ask who makes the internal components of your additional drives. My son has worked on computers as a programmer and networker since he left the nest and he highly recommends WD. Good enough for me.
So back to ‘computerland’ for me. I am going to post the ornament set next, as I didn’t get to it yesterday. I hope you all have a good, productive day. :)
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"