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ajshobby

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11-11-2016 01:03 AM

My father in law rescued an old Rockwell scroll saw from a school for me as I was looking for one. The thing is a beast of cast iron and approximately 24” in size. My question would be is this thing a viable scroll saw. I want to do some intarsia projects and would like a scroll saw for my daughter to use.

What blades are recommended and is there any other recommendations of things I might need to do to the saw besides normal cleanup and changing the oil in the reservoir?

Thanks for the advice.

AJ in Minneapolis.


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#1 posted 11-11-2016 01:14 AM

Figure out it’s age from the serial number so you can determine the model… then you can find the manual and parts list for it. If it does have a crankcase, the first thing you should do is drain and re-fill the crankcase oil. If there is still any left in it, it’s probably turned into a gooey sludge by now.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#2 posted 11-11-2016 01:27 AM

It’s a delta 40 440 and have the manual. I’m wondering about blades and any other info I should consider as ive never done any scroll type work before. I’ve red alot on these saws and am very familiar with machine restoration work. Just not finding alot of info on actual use.

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#3 posted 11-11-2016 02:19 AM

I have a Delta 24” scroll saw, I was using it today for some small detail work.
I think the saw is versatile, there are only a few that use the saw for the super fine scroll work. I use mine more for like frilly trim on houses.
Blades, I most often use the heavier blades, the skip tooth ones cut pretty freely. The cheap blades at HD work OK but you have to pull the pins out.
The saws have changeable speeds, one version has step pulleys, with 4speeds I think, the other has an infinite variable speed using an adjustable pulley with a little crank handle poking out the front.
There are many attachments for the saw. For example, the entire top arm can be removed, and saber saw type blades used with a blade guide that attaches under the table. With a little practice, pretty nice clean holes can be put in the middle of a big sheet….I usually use a hand jig saw.
Some find them useful, some dont. If your saw has the work lamp, that would add to its value.

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#4 posted 11-11-2016 02:21 AM

Nice saw… earlier models were known as the model 1200. Any general scroll sawing instructional video or book applies as there is nothing really specific to the saw other than how you put the blades in. What blades you use depends entirely upon what you want to do, but generally the larger (thicker) the stuff you want to cut, the larger (wider) the blade needs to be. Flying Dutchman and Olsen are probably the two most recommended brands. One cool thing about that saw is that you can run all sorts of different blades from regular scroll saw types to sabre (jigsaw) blades and even sanding drums.I don’t know why they took it out, but the original model 1200 manual had a section that talked about blade use and selection that you might want to check out if you haven’t already.

Operating the No 1200 Deluxe 24 Inch Scroll Saw

Other than that, check out the various videos and other instructions for scroll sawing, and get out there and practice. There is a learning curve, and that can only be overcome by time on the machine making sawdust.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#5 posted 11-11-2016 02:42 AM

Thanks guys. I am going to power this thing through a vfd so I will have really fine speed control and able to soft start this thing. I’ll check out flying Dutchman and Olsen blades. I already have a few patterns and noticed the blades required so I can just stock up on what I need. Though I think I’m gonna buy some cheapy blades and just practice a bit on some scrap.

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Lucio

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#6 posted 02-05-2017 03:34 AM

Hi Guys, I have the same scroll saw that I am busy trying to refurb and would appreciate if anyone would know where I could get parts for this machine.

Look forward to your help

Rgds

Lucio

-- Next to hunting I love woodwork best,,,,,or is that the other way around????

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#7 posted 02-05-2017 08:01 PM

Classifieds at Vintage Machinery website or eBay.

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