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gbrown4

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1069 days ago

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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.

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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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BilltheDiver

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#1 posted 1069 days ago

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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Mark Shymanski

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#2 posted 1069 days ago

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….?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Mark Brown

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#3 posted 1069 days ago

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

-- Mark, Pearland Tx

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ArtistryinWood

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#4 posted 1069 days ago

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.

Andrew

-- It seem's to me i could live my life, a lot better than i think i am. Andrew, Midland, Ont.

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Keith Fenton

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#5 posted 1069 days ago

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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WayneC

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#6 posted 1069 days ago

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

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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gbrown4

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#7 posted 1069 days ago

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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tomd

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#8 posted 1069 days ago

I would definately sell the Hawk to me.

-- Tom D

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 1069 days ago

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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