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04-25-2011 09:12 PM

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I am thinking about replacing my Dremel 1830, and am vacillating between the DeWalt DW788, and the Excalibur EX-16.

Grizzly has the DeWalt for under $500 … Seyco and WoodCraft have the Excalibur for about $575.

Any advice or feedback would surely be welcome!


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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John Gray

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#1 posted 04-25-2011 09:55 PM

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#2 posted 04-25-2011 10:30 PM

I figured a picture would show what is my choice….may I introduce the “twins”?

Oh, and the 3rd on isn’t in the workshop….yet.

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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#3 posted 04-26-2011 12:47 AM

If the 16” is big enough for you I would seriously recommend the Excalibur over the Dewalt. The quality of the Dewalt saw just isn’t what it used to be. Maybe I only hear the bad reviews but so many people have been dissatisfied with the new ones right out of the box that we switched over to the Excalibur in the hopes that we would have something we could confidently recommend to people. The current DW788 is actually 13 pounds lighter than the older one that we own and there have been a significant amount of quality control issues. Mostly people are unhappy with the excessive amount of front-to-back motion of the blade, but there are other issues as well.

Also the DW788 is discontinued although the Delta version is still in production, at least for now. Delta however, has recently been bought out by a Taiwanese company so what happens with that name remains to be seen.

We just wanted to avoid all that mess and go with the safer bet of the Excalibur. We got the Ex-21. General international is a quality brand and the service from Ray at Seyco is absolutely top-notch. If you look it up, I believe you will find a great many satisfied Seyco customers.

My personal experience with the Ex-21 is that I feel that my scrolling ability has gone up another level. There must be significantly less unwanted blade movement because it is just easier to follow a line at all times… especially if you are going alongside another kerf line. With the Dewalt, it was much harder to keep the blade from jumping into nearby kerf lines.

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#4 posted 04-26-2011 05:12 AM

Well I am currently using an old Delta SS250. If I could possibly budget it, my choice would be the Excaliber. At one time, that would have went the other way. However, the current Dewalts, from what I’m reading everywhere, has too many flaws. I don’t know if they have changed manufactorers, or designs, but there seems to be some kinks to work out.
Now, personally, if I was going to spend that much on an excaliber though, I would try to see if I could scrounge up the extra dough and go for a 19 or 21 inch. I do a lot of large projects though that the extra throat depth would really make a difference for me.


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#5 posted 04-26-2011 08:36 AM

I have a Delta P 20 and love it, I can set a nickel on edge on the table, running of course,. I have tryed out DeWalts, and Excaliburs at some shows, and the Excaliburs are some very nice saws, I would say, walk away from the Dewalt

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#6 posted 04-26-2011 12:58 PM

I’ve had the Dewalt for well over 10 years. Never had a problem with it. Love it.
Never tried an Excalibur

-- Steve--

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#7 posted 04-26-2011 01:20 PM

did you read Sheila Landry’s recent blogs about her switch to the Excalibur? and there is a follow-up blog as well.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 04-26-2011 02:44 PM

For a long time the DeWalt has been the standard. However, latley the Excalibur have been getting some fine reviews (Steve Good and Shelia Landry). Check out those reviews (as others have suggested) and that mey provide some help. Do not know which I would choose IF I had the money. Right not I’ll stick with my $200 unit for Lowes.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#9 posted 04-26-2011 03:09 PM

if you have the money go for excalibur or hegner
I donĀ“t have a saw but with those rewiews they get around the world nothing seems to beat them


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#10 posted 04-26-2011 10:49 PM

If a 16” is big enough, go with the excaliber. I know several people who have upgraded from dewalts to excalibers, never going the other way.

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#11 posted 04-26-2011 11:28 PM

You got my vote for the Excalibur. I just received mine and the more I cut on it, the more I see an incredible difference over the DeWalt. I was a DeWalt user for over 15 years. I never thought I would switch. Now that I did, I wonder what took me so long. The smoothness and accuracy is very profound. There is so much less front to back movement of the blade, that it makes turning even the tightest turns a breeze. I wish you luck with your choice, but my vote goes for the Ex. I don’t think you will be disappointed. PM me if you have any questions. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#12 posted 04-27-2011 01:25 AM

Gerry I would go with the “EX ” I have the EX21 and like the other I total agree with what they have said . I would suggest you buy it from Ray at Seyco. He is a great guy to deal with . If you get it from like woodcraft , I heard if you go to them they will go to General to get your answers and you wait. With Ray he knows the “Ex” and will take the time to help you get your saw right.

-- David ; "BE SAFE BE HAPPY" Brockport , NY

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#13 posted 04-27-2011 02:01 AM

I agree with huntter. Ray at Seyco is the way to go. I live in Canada and got it from him and he has been very helpful with any questions that I have had about it. It is great to talk to a real person instead of getting lost in the system when making a purchase such as this. I look forward to many, many good years with my Ex-21.


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#14 posted 04-27-2011 07:04 AM

Steve Good just got an Excaliber and has posted a review and several videos on his site.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#15 posted 11-16-2014 07:14 PM

Well Gerry,

What did you decide? I think I have decided to go with the Excalibur. My only question now is 16 or 21. Do you regret not getting the larger?

-- Randy in Crestview Florida, Wood Rocks!

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