is this a good scroll saw at a somewhat decent price?

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02-24-2011 05:02 PM

Just wondering. $90 too much for a 21-year-old specimen?

I am not necessarily in the market for one and POSSIBLY currently saving money for other tools, but would love to (eventually) own a scroll saw.


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#1 posted 02-24-2011 06:16 PM

I’m not that impressed with the price. Would be a pretty nice saw but less money would get you one with a larger table, variable speed instead of 2-speed, and a warranty. It is still pretty low end and if you are going to get a low end one, you might as well get a cheap one. The nice ones get into serious money but they work much differently. I’d offer $70 (the price of a 16” saw at harbor freight.)

Also, unless you are really interested in fretwork, it is a pretty low priority tool. For occasional stuff, doing it by hand is fun. I have several little turning saws and they cut faster than you would really think. The real trick is to keep stuff supported well and make nice smooth strokes. I just bought a new jewelers frame saw and a gross of blades for under $20. They are vicious little things. A coping saw with blades can set you back a whole $5 or so. A lot easier to listen to the radio too.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#2 posted 02-24-2011 06:45 PM

Marvelous. Thanks for your reply.

I actually was planning to try my hand at cutting curves with the fret saw I currently own.

Do you do fretwork on your CNC?

Have a good one!

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#3 posted 02-25-2011 01:34 AM

Not yet. The CNC is still in the planning stages. Still have some design decisions to make before I start cutting up materials. All the electronics are in a box in the dining room though. They look quite festive ;).

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#4 posted 03-04-2011 08:58 PM

I bet your co-habitants enjoy the ornaments on the table! :-)

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#5 posted 03-04-2011 10:19 PM

It looks good to me. I have a 20 year old delta with variable speed it works great but I usually leave it a about 1200 stroke per minute for all my work.

Of course I would offer less but I would take a 20 year old delta over a Harbor Freight any day.

-- "When the going gets tough, switch to power tools." - Red Green

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#6 posted 03-05-2011 08:54 AM

I bought one on CL in about that shape a little newer for $45, but thy go fast at that price. miseed a few before I got that one.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 03-05-2011 03:19 PM

I have this very model and have had it for+20 years. I love it and have NEVER had a problem. The little air puffer is a joke but other than that, it keeps on ticking. New, this model was around $200 so $90 is not that bad a price for this. Not much can really go wrong on these so I wouldn’t wait too long before deciding.

BTW, it was made in Taiwan, even back then. You can see mine in the back right corner of this image.

I just found my receipt for it and I bought from HD on March 7, 1993 for $179 +tax and I had a “blade support” replaced on it under warranty 6/22/1994. Amazing, didn’t realize I still had the paper records…

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#8 posted 03-05-2011 11:35 PM

I won’t be pursuing this at the moment, but thanks for the replies!

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