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Forum topic by Blakep posted 09-15-2011 01:38 PM 2879 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Blakep

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09-15-2011 01:38 PM

Does anyone know anything about the 18” Masterforce Scroll Saw? I read I couple reviews but couldn’t really find much on them other that they are sold at Menards. I pulled it up on Menards web site and it said $199.00. The reason I am asking is I found a store that is kind of like a Hudsons, only they sell nothing but tools, that just had a shipment of these come in and they have them priced at $65 and with a little talking I can probably get them for $50. I have never tried scroll sawing before so I don’t want to spend a fortune on a saw and then not ever use it but I don’t want the worst out there either. Whats are your experiences with this saw?


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#1 posted 09-15-2011 02:11 PM

I don’t know anything about the saw but at $65 or less, it doesn’t cost you much to try it. It might be an OK entry level saw. I don’t know if you noticed http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/957 .

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#2 posted 09-15-2011 02:21 PM

Thanks Keith I might have to try it since it is so cheap. I did read that review but it was kind of old and was just trying to see if anyone had any updates on it.

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#3 posted 09-15-2011 02:32 PM

I don’t have the Scroll Saw but the Masterforce tools I do own are their 6 inch Granite Top Jointer, 13 inch Granite Top Planer, 10 inch Contractor Table Saw, 12 inch Variable Speed Drill Press and 9 inch Disk with 6×48 Belt Sander Station. I also have a Masterforce Belt Sander and 12V Drill and Driver. I have (as you can tell by the amount I have) been very pleased with them. Very solid construction. The planer, jointer, and tablesaw all resemble or match very closely Ridgid\Craftsman tools but at a Better price and a 3 year Warrenty (for what thats worth.) I am not an expert Woodworker but am not a Slouch either and these tools meet my needs. IMHO is would not hesitate to buy the Scrollsaw.

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#4 posted 09-15-2011 02:50 PM

Thanks woodjunkie. If I can get down to the area of the store today I think I will pick one up.

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#5 posted 09-15-2011 02:59 PM

I have a Masterforce router that is as good ad my Porter Cable router. I have nothing bad to say about their tools.

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#6 posted 09-15-2011 03:23 PM

For that money, go for it. This saw just might be a way to get into scrolling for a small price.

My buddy who works in the hardware and tools department at Menards told me the MasterForce tools are manufactured by a division of Bosch. The MasterForce 18” scroll saw looks a lot like my Dremel 1830 (made by Bosch).

—Gerry

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#7 posted 09-15-2011 03:32 PM

Gerry, I didn’t know anything about it so I wasn’t going to say anything but I thought the same thing about it looking like the dremel. It doesn’t look like I will be able to get down there today so it may be monday before I can go so hopefully they will still have some of them left. I have no problem spending the money for good tools but I don’t want to spend it not knowing if its something I will enjoy doing and use often. If I get this one (or another cheap one) and enjoy it then I will save up and get an excaliber or something higher end but I need to test the waters first.

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#8 posted 09-15-2011 04:30 PM

Blake—If your experience with the MasterForce is anything like what I have had with my Dremel, it may be awhile before you get the urge to move up to an Excalibur or a DeWalt. I have actually been pretty happy with mine. I don’t do a lot of scrolling, but it is nice to have a decent, reliable tool when I need one.

—Gerry

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#9 posted 09-15-2011 04:47 PM

Blake—There is one problem I had with the Dremel that may also be present on the MasterForce … the thumbscrews on the blade holders are hard to get tight, and can distort the end of the blade. I replaced the top thumb screw with 5mm Bristol Lever, which gives me better leverage, but I still will occasionally have a blade that will come out while I’m sawaing (makes a hell of a racket!).

Some posters over on the Scrollsawer forum ( http://www.scrollsawer.com/forum/tools-and-blades/26139.htm ) have mentioned this. I have thought about slipping a piece of spring steel between the blade and the screw, but haven’t had time to play with it.

—Gerry

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Blakep

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#10 posted 09-15-2011 06:11 PM

Thanks Gerry. If I get it I will definitely take a look at that. I have an employee coming through the area of the store in a little bit so he is going to pick me one up if they still have some left and I will let everyone know how it works.

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