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Forum topic by Howie posted 08-23-2010 01:34 AM 7771 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-23-2010 01:34 AM

The new scrollsaw magazine rated this saw as a best buy for it’s price range but I don’t seem to be able to find it listed other than at Lowes and no reviews. Does anyone know anything about it? (nothing in the scroll saw reviews here) I’m new at scroll saw work so I don’t want to be cheap but I don’t need a Dewalt or Delta.

-- Life is good.

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#1 posted 08-23-2010 03:20 AM

Just looking at the specs, I don’t see anything that would make me pick that one over the $100 Ryobi or Skill versions. There is a huge difference between scroll saws but not really at that price level.

Actually the low end scroll saws like that have gotten much better over the years. I picked up one for my mother (Ryobi) and was amazed at how much nicer than the last cheap one I picked up 25 years ago (an old dremel). It was a really pleasant surprise.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#2 posted 08-23-2010 03:30 AM

I have an older Delta Shop master and have had it for 5 years with no problems and it Works great I would recommend anything from Delta and Porter Cable :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

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Steven H

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#3 posted 08-23-2010 05:10 AM

Are you talking about this Guide?

Couple months ago, I did a close look at the Porter cable scroll saw.

The only problem I have with it is the TILT BRACKET and TRUNNION BRACKET is made from plastic. If you are tilting the saw every time you use it. It will break easier.

It has a aluminum table which means it will not rust, they cost more to manufacture more than cast iron. Because they are easier to flatten than cast iron. The downturn is that they will scratch more, but can be easily be regrinded.

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#4 posted 08-23-2010 06:27 AM

Wait for Sheila to reply. (AKA:scrollgirl)
Bet she knows. She’s a scrollsaw pro.

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#5 posted 08-23-2010 11:27 AM

Good morning, guys! Thanks for giving me the heads up on this topic, Eric.

I have a good option for you before you purchase anything. I have a friend named Rick Hutchenson who is the real ‘expert’ on saws. He has literally hundreds of them. He lives in Grimes, Iowa and was a product tester for many of the big companies such as Delta, and he also did a lot of work with Wood Magazine.

He has a vast website at in which he talks about and reviews many types of saws. There are also videos and stuff like that so it is a great resource to know about. If you can’t find what you are looking for, you can email (or call) him and he will be happy to help. He loves woodworking and scroll sawing and is very helpful.

I am not trying to give you the runaround, but I have never used most of the types of saws you are talking about and I would be irresponsible if I recommended one to you over the other. I love my DeWalt, but I certainly understand you not wanting to spend that much money. I agree with the others that Delta and Porter Cable make good products. Mine have always done well. I am just not familiar with the saw.

One other thing I can recommend is to go to the PC website and find out where the saws are sold. They are usually very helpful in hooking you up with a distributor. Please let me know how you do or post it here, as I will be watching the topic.

Good luck and I hope this helps at least a little.

Sheila :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 08-23-2010 02:03 PM

Thanks for the input.
Steven: that’s the guide I was looking at.
Sheila: Thanks for the info I’m going to peruse that website. Looks like it will answer a lot of questions.
Thanks to everyone that took the time to reply.

-- Life is good.

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#7 posted 08-23-2010 03:58 PM

I have the porter cable saw it is ok. I looked at the website that scroll girl mentioned, it is very informative. I researched the heck out of the lower priced saws and thought the pc was the better one. The ryobi all plastic and people have said the knobs break with in days. The craftsmen all felt cheap.the pc has the stand included, vibrates a bit cuts ok. I am not sure if my variable speed is working at the correct strokes per minute but it’s not bad for a beginner saw. I could not justify spending 500 + for a scroll saw at the time. Pc, delta and dew alt are all the same company.

Buy good blades they make a huge difference, not a bad saw for starting out with scrolling.

Another source to check out is utube. I found some good videos.

-- mrg

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#8 posted 08-23-2010 09:47 PM

I don’t have the PC but I have looked at it. To me it looks like a different paint job on the Hitachi that used to be available at Lowes (and the one I own). I don’t keep track of who owns who in tool companys so I am not sure if it is or not.
I have used a couple of low-end saws that I wouldn’t buy for $5, they wouldn’t be worth it. I agree with MRG above, the craftsmen saws felt cheap. I also have a thing for how a machine looks, and there are a few other low-end saws that I just don’t like. (I am a woman, I can have opinions like that, lol) I read the compairson article in the magazine, they seemed to put them through pretty good paces. I would feel pretty good buying it.

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#9 posted 08-24-2010 06:43 AM

This is the new saw that came out in June: The scroll saw, model 40-690, features a dual parallel-link arm design that keeps the blade perpendicular to the table, reducing vibration and noise for exceptional accuracy, according to Delta. The blade speed can be manually adjusted from 400 to 1,750 strokes per minute. The scroll saw sells for $599. This is supposed to on par with the DeWalt yellow saw.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#10 posted 08-24-2010 07:06 PM

Just for your information. The Porta Cable is the Hitacci in a different color. The Delta is actuall the Dewalt in a different color. Same saws different colors and maybe a different item.

-- John T.

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#11 posted 08-29-2010 02:38 AM

I purchased the PC and like it. But then it is my first saw so I have nothing to compare it with.

-- Loving it in Tucson .... Stephen

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#12 posted 05-30-2012 06:29 AM

I have a Porter Cable Scroll Saw and it works very well for the small amount of scrollling I do. It was about $180 at Lowes. Porter Cable, Delta and Dewalt are apparently all owned by Black and Decker and I really beleive all are quality products, but you get what you pay for and should consider a more expensive unit if you intend to use the tool for more serious scrollimg like maybe a small business, etc. The less expensive units like Porter Cable work just fine for most average scrolling. My unit came with a table, light, built in directional air blower as well as variable speed. It also has a quick blade change capability and a work area that tilts in both directions – not too bad for the price.

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