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08-21-2011 11:53 PM

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I recently acquired two scrolls saws from Craig’s list. The first one was a Delta Q3 18” VS. I got it at a good price and it was in great condition. I replaced the blade holder quick clamps and VS knob. I like the saw, it cuts good and is quiet. Only concern with C arm saws is when the blade breaks it is startling.


Also, I just recently acquired a older RBI Hawk 216-3. It was very little, if at all. It runs great and smooth.

I do not need two scroll saws. Should I keep either or sale both and get either a Dewalt or Excalibur?

Your Opinions?

-- Greg, Concordia, Mo

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#1 posted 08-22-2011 12:10 AM

Can’t speak for the Delta as I haven’t owned one. The RBI is one of the best saws out there. I have had both the 16” and the 26”. You definitely want to hang on to that one.

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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#2 posted 08-22-2011 12:12 AM

What will you gain if you switch to the Dewalt or Excalibur? They both look in good shape, and if they work and do what you need them to do….?

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#3 posted 08-22-2011 04:00 AM

Since the RBI didn’t cost much, you should give it to your younger brother! :)

-- Mark, Pearland Tx

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#4 posted 08-22-2011 04:35 AM

Can’t speak for the RBI as I haven’t owned one, But iv’e heard good things about them. I do own the Q3. I have a first year model and its still going strong. It depends on the kind of cutting you like to do. The C-Arm cuts fast and aggressive, good for thick work, but can also cut very detailed pieces -(see my projects) also your gaining 2” with the Delta. The blade breakages are startling but hey keeps you on your toes lol. All that being said, the Excalibur is a very nice saw and goes to 30”. It will be my next saw. All are better than the Dewalt IMHO. Good luck and happy cutting.


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#5 posted 08-22-2011 04:39 AM

I would put them both to use before letting either of them go. Some of the older Deltas (I never remember which models) are well liked and the RBI is a quality machine.

Selling the RBI to get a Dewalt is certainly a step backwards in the quality department however I don’t know how good the RBI is in the convenience department. Is it easy to release, re-attach and tension the blade? I am not familiar with the mechanics of that machine.

Definitely familiarize yourself with both of these machines before you decide. If you do decide they aren’t for you, I would recommend the Excalibur over a Dewalt. If you can afford the little extra cost, you won’t regret it. Once set properly it has a much less aggressive stroke than the Dewalt and also there have been some QC issues with the Dewalt over the last couple years.

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#6 posted 08-22-2011 04:50 AM

I would use them both for a while and figure out which one you prefer. Any rush to get rid of one?

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#7 posted 08-22-2011 05:14 AM

No rush to get rid of them. Thaks for all the advice. I really like the RBI. Just recently the blade keeps coming out of the upper holder. I am going to order the upgrade kit for the holders and see if that helps.

-- Greg, Concordia, Mo

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#8 posted 08-22-2011 05:24 AM

I would definately sell the Hawk to me.

-- Tom D

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#9 posted 08-22-2011 05:41 AM

The wood shop I teach my adult woodworking class at has 4 scroll saws Dewalt, RBI, Hawk, and Delta. Some of these scroll saws cost $1800 new but the one that all the students tend to use most is the Delta with the quick change blade that cost this saw cost around $129 new . My conclusion is due to the nature of using a scroll saw it’s most important to be able to take the blade of and on quickly. So I would select the quick change option first over the brand, and then other features after that.

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