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Forum topic by tresselk posted 01-13-2010 06:04 AM 2328 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-13-2010 06:04 AM

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I would like input anyone might have on scroll saws. I had an entry-level scroll saw, which was great to learn on, but I found myself wanting to go beyond the limitations of the saw (one thing is it was a pin end… large entry hole needed). I sold this saw in hopes of getting a new and more advanced saw. I would like something that will last and that I won’t outgrow anytime soon. I would prefer to spend a bit more on a really good scroll saw, but, of course, don’t want to overspend on a saw that is not worth it. Any comments are welcome. Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 01-13-2010 06:20 AM

How much do you want to spend.??? You get past all those entry level saws they are all very good. Can’t go wrong with any of them. The Dewalt 788 is the next class up and there is only one in this price range and that is $450 range. Then you go to the $800 and up range and if you want I can list them. I have 2 RBIs. a Hawk 220 and a Hawk 226, I have the Dewalt, I have a Hegner 18” multimax. In the $800 range is the Excalibur 21” and then the RBI, Hegner, and then the Excalibur 31” and the the Ecliipse. Hows that for jumping up in quality. They all start in the thousand $$$$ range.

-- John T.

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#2 posted 01-13-2010 08:43 AM

I will have to agree with JT there. The Dewalt 788 is a good middle of the road saw to get away from the entry level saws. You would like it to do you for 10-15 years, without breaking the bank. The best advice I could give you would be.. spend as much as you can afford and check out some of the manufactures web sites.

Good Luck…. John (aka Woodmight)

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#3 posted 01-14-2010 03:26 AM

I agree with all JT and Woodmight said. Go with the most you can afford. I have the Hawk G4 and have been very happy with it. One caveat on the Dewalt. Spring for a new one. Before I bought the G4 I went with a rebuilt one, (supposedly). It did not work out of the box. I opted to try to get it serviced and took it in to the repair shop. After two weeks they said it was a thimmajig and that they replaced it twice and the machine still did not work. I returned it and bought the G4. No regrets.

-- Mike C , Landlocked

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#4 posted 01-14-2010 03:56 AM

I have the 788, and it is the most unused tool in the shop. not the fault of the tool, witch is great, but I don’t do many projects that requires it. But I don’t think that you can go wrong with one.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#5 posted 01-14-2010 04:24 AM

Thanks for all the input. I have been thinking about the Dewalt, but I will definitely check out the other saws everyone has mentioned.

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#6 posted 01-14-2010 04:28 AM

I have the 16'' Hitachi for almost 2 years and love it. The saw is less then $200 but it out preforms the Dewalt I have in my middle school shop. If you want a step up with out a huge price jump, it might be worth looking into. Someday I would like to make the jump to one of the Excalibur’s that JT mentioned above.
How much did you use your saw and what did you make with it?

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#7 posted 01-14-2010 04:46 AM

Judy has Dewalt and Hegner. To put it mildly the dewalt is retired. We picked up the hegner for 600.00 used. There are scroll saws for sale , regularly , in every forum I visit. Shouldn’t be too hard to find a used one

-- mike & judy western md. www.

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#8 posted 01-14-2010 04:49 AM

I’ve had a RBI Hawk for 20 years. Still works great!

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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