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1400 days ago
I have been doing a bit of research and trying to educate myself on scrollsaws over the past couple of months. It has not been my main focus, but is now starting to float to the top of the “to procure” list.
I find that my tool acquisition list is not static, mainly due to the fact that I tend to snag most of my major tools off of Craigslist when I can. For instance, although a drum sander was on my “wish list”, I never would’ve bumped it up ahead of 5-other tools, except for the fact that I was able to find one for $375. Having said that, I’ve seen several scrollsaws of interest come up on Craigslist lately at good prices. Ideally a solid router table combo, with lift is the next thing on my list, and has been for a while now. I have now missed out on 2-good deals, the first of which, I’m still upset at myself for not immediately jumping in the car and heading to the guy’s house that night. Oh well. I digress.
To get to the point, and after reading many reviews on here and several elsewhere, I had pretty much decided that I was going to go with the DeWalt DW788 Variable Speed Scrollsaw. I’ve seen these on CL, supposedly “almost new” or “barely used” for $300-400, with the stand. A bit pricey, but I tend to be in the camp that says buy it right, buy it once. I don’t know how many times in the past, (mostly on home renovation projects,) that I just didn’t have the right tool for the job. I’d rather have a bit of a built-in cushion, rather than having something lacking on a tool, whether it’s power, capacity, etc. With that being said, the DW788 might be a bit of overkill for my first project or two in using it, but I doubt I’ll have to worry down the road that it’s just not enough tool for the job.
One day, a couple of months ago, while looking at scrollsaws on CL, I came across an RBI Hawk G4. Hmm, I didn’t really know anything about this saw. So, I started a Google search and began reading up on it. Sounded good… very good. Virtually unanimous praise across the board. The only issue is that they have since gone out of business. My main concern is in trying to fix or replace anything if it breaks. With the DeWalt, it’d be relatively simple to find whatever I need. I’m not sure if that’d be the case with a Hawk?
I sort of let the Hawk idea go and had mainly been focusing on DeWalts, until today. I came across a Hawk 220VS on CL. They are asking $400 for it. I don’t want to pay that much for a scrollsaw at this point in my woodworking. However, if the price were closer to $300, I’d be much more likely to purchase it.
This has been a bit of a run-on post, so sorry for that. I guess I’m asking, if you found a DeWalt 788VS and a Hawk 220VS for the same (or very similar price, within $25-50 of eachother), which one would you choose, and why? I’m not saying I’m going to buy a scrollsaw right now, as I’d really like to put the money towards a nice router table package, but if the right deal on a scrollsaw comes along, it might land in the shop before the router table. And narrowing it down to just 1-saw would make things easier anyway.
Thanks for your input, opinions, and comments, in advance.
-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."