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Forum topic by tommyd posted 03-13-2010 08:32 PM 1077 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-13-2010 08:32 PM

can anybody tell me if a hatachi scroll saw is any good. Lowes has one on clearance for $150

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#1 posted 03-13-2010 09:49 PM

I like mine a lot. It cuts well and runs quietly. I took a Harbor Freight 20% off any single item coupon in with me to purchase mine last week and Lowe’s honored it. Check here for more info.

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#2 posted 03-13-2010 10:01 PM

I love my Hitachi saw. I have had mine for over a year, it is great.

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#3 posted 03-13-2010 10:07 PM

If they do not have the Porter Cable scroll saw in the Lowes where you are yet, then I would keep my eye open for even a lower price. I have read these going for around $100 clearance. The new PC saw looks exactly like the Hitachi but different name tag. They will not want them sitting next to each other. I suggest for you to look it over and try putting a blade in and out. I had a hard time getting to that lower blade clamp with my big hands. I was in Lowes the other day playing around with them. It will be worth $100 for sure.

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#4 posted 03-13-2010 10:13 PM

Tommy, that’s the first we’ve heard the scroll/jig saw Hitachi saw at discount.

A number of LJs have given it favorable reviews at its usual $180.00 price point. By all accounts it’s a solid unit that will do the job. At the reduced price seems like a grabber!


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#5 posted 03-14-2010 02:38 AM

I have the exact same saw with the “Tradesman” name on it. It’s been a really good little saw for the past 3+yrs. HTH

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#6 posted 03-14-2010 04:26 AM

I paid $90 earlier in the week for the last one at my Lowe’s. It was the display model and they couldn’t locate the stand. Another LJ paid $100 yesterday I believe. Same deal, they couldn’t find the stand either. It is on clearance for $159 otherwise. It is being replaced with the Porter Cable. The PC is almost identical. Everything is the same except for the color, and the table tilt indicator is on the front of the table instead of under it. From over 40 reviews that I read it’s probably the best saw under $450. The Dewalt is rated high along with the other top end models that will run you over $650.

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#7 posted 03-14-2010 04:50 AM

I like mine have had it for a couple of years.

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#8 posted 03-14-2010 04:59 AM

I’ve had mine since Christmas and I really like it. Go for it if you find a good deal.

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#9 posted 03-14-2010 05:03 AM

Hi Tommy.

I have a Hitachi RAS10 Table saw and it is a nice little saw for the money. Plenty of power. I am not sure what you intend to do with the scroll saw, but you might want to consider purchasing a band saw. Delta and Jet make a decent 14 inch saw, and Delta has a variable speed model that will cut metal and wood. Scroll saws are fairly limited and are usually used for cutting small figures. They are also a reciprocal type of saw, whereas the blade on a band saw runs continuously in one direction through and at a right angle to the stock. This results in very smooth cuts. Just something to consider.

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