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Forum topic by Eric_S posted 08-18-2010 03:03 PM 3550 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Eric_S

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08-18-2010 03:03 PM

I have been thinking about getting a scroll saw to do some intarsia and fretwork, but I dont want to spend a lot of money on one until I know if I like doing it. However, I do have a bandsaw that I can use for most of the basic intarsia I’d be starting with. I’d prefer to spend the money on a lathe and tools for it which I may actually do VERY soon with HF’s on sale for another week.

So anyways, does anyone have this exact model 113.236090 scrolls saw? He is willing to sell it to me for $50-60. Is it worth it? Is changing blades or inserting pinless blades a pain? Will I regret spending that money on this saw instead of lathe stuff? He brought in the manual for me today and it sounds like it has difficulty doing anything 1” or thicker and only tilts 45 deg. to the left. Any advice would be helpful, thanks.help.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN


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j_olsen

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#1 posted 08-18-2010 03:21 PM

Eric I have an old craftsman scroll saw and I want to upgrade as soon as I can—they may be ok for the kids to tinker with or do some really simple stuff but for doing better work in my opinion a better saw is needed—again in my opinion save your money and get a Dewalt or put it towards a lathe

-- Jeff - Bell Buckle, TN

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Eric_S

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#2 posted 08-18-2010 03:36 PM

THanks for confirming my thoughts, thats what I was thinking after reading through the manual. The guy who wants to sell it to me does very basic scroll work that doesn’t require frequent blade removal and such. plus the one way tilt I’m not sure if I’ll like. I think I’ll focus on lathe work for a bit(all my holiday gifts) and some intarsia using band saw for the time being.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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mpounders

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#3 posted 08-18-2010 04:39 PM

I don’t care for mine either….useful for basic stuff, but I am wanting something better. Better being :
1. better blade changing, especially for pin-less blades
2. better blower
3. variable speed
4. 2 way table tilt
5. built-in light
6. better holddown
7. better blade re-tensioning

I would love the Dewalt, but I may have to spend less money and improve on just some of the features. Ease of changing blades and retensioning would be the key thing for me based on my experience with the Sears.

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com

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Eric_S

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#4 posted 08-18-2010 04:57 PM

I didn’t like that it requires blade tensioning ANYTIME you have to unlock the blade. Two way tilt would be great too. I told the guy thanks but I’m going to save that money for lathe stuff for the time being. Thanks again for the help.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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David Craig

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#5 posted 08-18-2010 06:45 PM

Eric,

When you do eventually look at scroll saws for a permanent purchase, look for one with a cast iron table. I own the Dewalt model, after enduring a couple years with the Craftsman. The difference was night and day. Good blade tension and anti-vibration are crucial for good scroll work. Many companies opt with the aluminum tables which cause a great deal of vibration when attempting to cut. The Dewalt is on the pricey side but there is no feeling of regret when you use it.

Good luck with your lathe purchases,

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Eric_S

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#6 posted 08-18-2010 06:50 PM

Thanks Dave, i’ll be sure to make sure its heavy as hell lol. I didn’t know this model DIDN’T have a cast iron table. The guy trying to sell it isn’t really a woodworker, just a projects kind of guy. I don’t think he can tell the difference, although the weight is a pretty obvious giveaway.

The lathe I’m going for after hearing great reviews here is the HF 12” x 33-3/8” lathe with stand, http://www.harborfreight.com/12-inch-x-33-3-8-eighth-inch-wood-lathe-with-reversible-head-34706.html, its on sale right now for a couple more weeks for $50 off, so $250. I plan on purchasing it soon, but probably wont get around to using it for another month or two. I just would rather buy it now at $250 than wait 2 months and get it at $300, but we’ll see. I was debating getting a midi lathe since I want to start with smaller stuff like pens, but this one has speeds down to 600 and I want to do some vases/bowls as well. I can get a midi for $250, or this for $250…hmmmmmmm.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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David Craig

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#7 posted 08-18-2010 07:09 PM

I agree Eric, that one does have fine reviews and has much to offer for the price. You will need to save every penny because you will find that accessories alone will more than triple the price of your lathe :) Sharp chisels will be key at the very start. Better look into some sharpening systems like the Wolverine or the penn state industries set. I personally use the worksharp 3000 and am very pleased with the results. Just something to throw out there. I wasn’t up to speed on sharpening when I bought my first lathe and I had fun for a couple weeks…until the chisels started to dull. It is one of those things you don’t think about when you get started but run into reality very quickly on.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Eric_S

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#8 posted 08-18-2010 07:14 PM

Glad to know you use the Workshop 3000 as that is the sharpening system I have too. I bought it a while back knowing that it could be used to sharpen curved chisels when I was ready to :)

Yeah, I keep hearing everyone say it gets expensive to start, so I’ve been keeping my eye on prices. I just dont know what I’ll need to start. Im guessing pen mandrel, high speed steel chisels, and maybe a 4 clamp jaw…is that necessary for pens or just bowls/vases? I’m wondering if this set of chisels is too cheap for a starter set, http://www.harborfreight.com/8-piece-high-speed-steel-wood-lathe-chisel-set-47066.html. It says high speed steel, but for 8 chisels it seems a little cheap, any thoughts?

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#9 posted 10-01-2010 02:43 PM

I have had a 18” Craftsman scrollsaw for 3 years. I had to replace the blad clamp once but other than that, it has been a really nice saw. You can see fro my projects that I have put it to work quite a bit. It shows no signs of breaking down or coming apart in any way. I would recommend the Craftsman.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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Eric_S

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#10 posted 10-01-2010 04:22 PM

Thanks Cozmo. I decided to hold off on it and go for the lathe instead.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#11 posted 07-18-2013 04:21 AM

I have that saw and cant find the manual online. I am needing to know where to oil the saw because it is louder then it use to be. Can u look in your manual for me?

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