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John Choponis

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04-07-2011 02:27 AM

I am thinking of upgrading my scroll saw. I have my eye on a dewalt 788. Any feed back on this saw, or is there a better one in this price range?

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#1 posted 04-07-2011 02:50 AM

In that price range it is by far the best. It is debated if those in the $1,000 range are that much better. I bought a used 788 last year and smile every time I use it.

To get the best value, watch the internet and buy one that includes the table and light. Light isn’t that big a deal, but the table is. Grizzly usually runs a sale on them and includes shipping sometimes.

If you buy locally, attempt to have it run at the store first. Make sure the blade doesn’t have any noticeable movement from front to back. You should be able to put a piece of wood behind the blade and it not move when you let go of it. When Dewalt moved production overseas some years ago there was an issue with that. Mine had it and it was a real pain to tune it out.


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#2 posted 04-07-2011 07:12 AM

I don’t use mine often but I think it is worth every penny.
powerfull, less noise and vibration.
yes I tried a couple of different one at friends.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#3 posted 04-07-2011 02:35 PM

Its a pretty good saw. My wife scrolls 6 hr a day but uses her hegner though. We bought it used , for the price of a new dewalt , and the dewalt is now just a back up. We have had our share of problems with the 2 new dewalts we have had. The second one was broke down when we decided to buy the Hegner.

-- mike & judy western md. www.

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 04-07-2011 02:39 PM

I’ve heard great things about the DeWalt. But, for 90 bucks more, you can get an Excalibur. True, the DeWalt is a 20” and the Excalibur is a 16”. But does size REALLY matter? :-)
If you are persistent and as lucky as Mike, a Hegner is the way to go, though.
Or, build Shipwright’s Chevalet!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 04-07-2011 02:48 PM

I have 3 DeWalts and I love them. For the price, you get no virbration, a large table, 20” to the throat, easy blade changing, upfront speed and on/off controls. And, for the record, the DeWalt is the 7th name-brand scrollsaw that I have owned.

Not to be argumentative, but, yes, the extra 4” does matter when you’re trying to cut out a puzzle of a map of the U.S. Very hard to do on the 16”, but it can be accomplished so much easier on the 20”.

Yes, I would buy another DeWalt if I found it!!!!

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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#6 posted 04-07-2011 06:51 PM

You said you are upgrading, what saw do you have now?

CR1, it is a very sweet scroll saw ;)

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John Choponis

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#7 posted 04-07-2011 07:56 PM

Thanks everyone for your feed back.

I currently have a Porter Cable. I bought it a little over a year ago to try scrolling, an found that i really enjoy it.

My saw has been down for six weeks waiting for parts, an they are still on backorder!

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#8 posted 04-07-2011 10:15 PM

The dewalt is a really good saw. It was going to be my upgrade, but I lucked into a Hegner. Since you really enjoy scrolling you may want to take the jump to an excaliber or hegner, they are typically viewed as better saws. I like my hegner better then the Dewalts that I have in my school shop, but not enough to fork over the full price of a new one.

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John Choponis

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#9 posted 04-08-2011 04:16 AM

Well I stopped on the way home tonight and tested an Excalibur and a Dewalt. Both are very nice saws. I think that the Excalibur is now in my sights.

Thanks everyone for your input.


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#10 posted 04-08-2011 05:20 AM

yeah excalibur is a nice saw the entire head of the saw tilts instead of the table tilting when you are cutting a bevel cut. its a pretty sweet saw but I think the dewalt would be more durable.

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Jim Finn

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#11 posted 04-09-2011 12:09 AM

I liked the Dewalt for about 20 months when it fell part…literialy, a few times. I then bought a Hegner.

-- Website is No PHD just a DD214 and a GED

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#12 posted 04-09-2011 11:42 AM

Could you post about how you adjusted the front to back movement out of your 788? I’ve tried moving the part in the lower arm out and in (cut the arm shorter) without much luck. From what I read on other sites I moved it about .125

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