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thechipcarver

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03-07-2018 10:01 PM

Ok, I have $400 for a scroll saw. The big question is: Which on should I get?

I have been looking around online and I’m leaning toward the PORTER-CABLE 1.6-Amp Variable Speed Scroll Saw.

I do all kinds of scrolling and my main concern is that I want a pin-ended and a pin-less blade feature. I have a budget of $400 and I was wondering if I might have over looked any.

What do you guys recommend?

-- While teaching a class, a gentlemen once asked me: "When chip carving an intricate design, what do you do when you are almost finished and the wood breaks off?" I replied "Cover the kids ears."


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 03-07-2018 10:05 PM

Why would you want to use pined blades?

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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thechipcarver

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#2 posted 03-07-2018 10:25 PM



Why would you want to use pined blades?

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

Sometimes when I do larger work, I use the pined blades that I have laying around. But for the most part, I use pin-less.

-- While teaching a class, a gentlemen once asked me: "When chip carving an intricate design, what do you do when you are almost finished and the wood breaks off?" I replied "Cover the kids ears."

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tomsteve

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#3 posted 03-07-2018 10:33 PM

id say go with this one
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Delta-1-3-Amp-20-in-Variable-Speed-Scroll-Saw-40-694/205112184

its the dewalt clone i do believe.

id prefer to learn how to cut with #9 pinless over having the pinned option

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mrg

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#4 posted 03-07-2018 10:40 PM

Can you bump your budget to 489? I would go for the Dewalt, that scroll saw is very smooth and no vibration. I have the Porter Cable it vibrates.

-- mrg

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#5 posted 03-07-2018 10:45 PM

I have the Dewalt 788 and really like it.

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GR8HUNTER

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#6 posted 03-07-2018 11:02 PM

simply love my DW-788 :<))

BUT only uses pinless blades which suits me just fine i can cut alot out with pinless :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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MrUnix

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#7 posted 03-07-2018 11:05 PM

You can always knock the pins out. For $400, I’d be checking CL for a nice upper end machine. Excalibur, hegner, hawks typically pop up in that range, or even an older Delta like the G3. Not sure if I’d want one of the newer consumer grade plastic machines being sold today – although that DeWalt does seem to have quite a following.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Redoak49

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#8 posted 03-08-2018 01:10 AM

I agree with checking Craigslist. I got my Hegner for $350. One thing about a Hegner as they do not wear out and if needed parts are available for older machines.

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Woodmaster1

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#9 posted 03-08-2018 01:40 AM

I have the Delta 40-694 it is like the Dewalt only it has a built in lock for the arm. I had for awhile and it works great. It is at Home Depot for a good price.

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JTTHECLOCKMAN

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#10 posted 03-14-2018 06:41 AM

Stay away from Porta Cable saw. The Dewalt 788 or the new Delta and now they have a 16” excaliber in that price range. Also like others have said for a better production saw try craig’s list and look for a Hegner or an RBI. you can find them used in that price range. Also forget the pin end blades. Sell them or as some said knock the pin out and use pinless. You will not be sorry.

-- John T.

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becikeja

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#11 posted 03-14-2018 11:39 AM

I’m very happy with my Dewalt DW788. I’ve had it for several years, smooth, reliable, good throat depth, easy blade change.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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RandyinFlorida

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#12 posted 03-14-2018 12:29 PM

Excaliber. You wont regret it.

-- Randy in Crestview Florida, Wood Rocks!

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johnstoneb

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#13 posted 03-14-2018 02:08 PM

Dewalt 788 for the money it can’t be beat. You will have vibration problems withany of the small saws like the PC. No vibration with the Dewalt.
I push the pins out of rinned blades if I use them.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#14 posted 05-06-2018 07:17 AM

Delta scroll saw 40-694 20 inch. The price should be within your budget and great as a woodworking scroll saw. Never forget to check this out if you are still looking for…Thanks

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Craftsman on the lake

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#15 posted 05-06-2018 10:56 AM

I picked up a Dewalt, like new and nothing wrong with it for $75 on craigslist a couple of years ago. I blogged about it here at the time. I thought, “it’s got to be hot right?” Not so. It’s been great. Deals like that really don’t come around much but you can find a decent one at a good price sometimes. Often they don’t get much use and depreciation is a great thing for the used buyer.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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