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Forum topic by GrandpawB posted 12-12-2010 06:34 PM 893 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-12-2010 06:34 PM

I rarely use my Ryobi scroll saw because the tensioner is such a pain in the be-hind. It’s located on the bottom rear of the machine. (what were they thinking?) I’ve been re-inspired to do some scroll saw work and wondered if any of you clever people know of a way to make changing the blade easier? I’m out of work so buying another scroll saw in out of the question. I need to make due with what I have. Just wish it was easier to use.

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#1 posted 12-12-2010 07:46 PM

GrandpawB, I’m not familiar with the Ryobi scrollsaw. I just looked online for a review of it here

I can’t think of a suggestion to help you other than to make sure the rear of the scrollsaw is raised higher than the front of the scrollsaw. It makes it easier to see what you’re scrolling, plus it would make the knob seem easier to get to.

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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#2 posted 12-13-2010 05:29 PM

Are you talking about a BANDSAW or a SCROLLSAW? Big difference there. I’ve never seen any tensioner on a scrollsaw.


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#3 posted 12-13-2010 05:30 PM

Never mind!!!!! Big brain cramp on that post. Please disregard.


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#4 posted 12-13-2010 06:35 PM

Verna—I had a similar saw (probably made in the same factory in China) ... it was a PITA.

Unfortunately, there is no easy solution to this problem.

I wound up donating it to Habitat for Humanity (had it on Craigslist for $30 for about 6 weeks … not a single bite!).


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#5 posted 12-13-2010 08:42 PM

I think that pinned blades may be easier to tension. They are bigger, so if your desire for using the scroll saw is fine fretwork they wont work well.
I would also consider verna’s idea of rasing the back of the saw. Many people find having the saw at an angle helps. You might also consider asking your question on a scroll saw forum like the one on Steve Good’s Website.

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#6 posted 12-14-2010 06:51 AM

Yea good luck with that one. I had a couple of Ryobi scrollsaws. They were great until I really wanted to get into scrolling. As for the tensioning bit, you do get used to it. It’s just one of those things you have to do!

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