In the market for a 16" Scroll Saw, Narrowed down to two.

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Forum topic by Blackie_ posted 11-24-2011 05:47 AM 1230 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-24-2011 05:47 AM

I’m in the market for a scrollsaw and have two in mind, one being the Shop Fox and other being the Ricon 16” just not sure which one to get.

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#1 posted 11-24-2011 07:45 AM

I don’t know about either brand but would recommend what ever you get that it should have a quikchange blade feature

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#2 posted 11-24-2011 09:06 AM

All of the scrollsaw sites I have seen say nearly any scrollsaw that uses pinless blades will be fine. They sell blades and patterns, live the stuff, and say the can’t see much difference between a $100 or a $700 one. The best like Paul Schurch, or our own SHIPWRIGHT build theirs and use foot power.


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#3 posted 09-18-2012 05:35 AM

Sorry but I have to disagree. If you never plan on getting serious about scrolling then go ahead and get either of those. If you hope to someday get serious and do some nice work there most definitely is a difference between saws.

You want one with a true up and down stroke, easy blade change, top or bottom feed, variable speed, little to no vibration. For my money the Excalibur is one of the best for the money. I’ve been scrolling since 1980.

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#4 posted 09-18-2012 04:08 PM

I have a Hegner scroll saw that now sells for $2800! The experience I have had with cheaper scroll saws is that they do not last much over a year. Even a $400 Dewalt died on me in 20 months. It literally fell apart.

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#5 posted 09-18-2012 05:24 PM

Dual link parallel arm reduces vibration. Almost all on the market do not have that.
I recently bought the Excalibur, and it is a beauty.

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#6 posted 09-18-2012 05:28 PM

I have the $400 Dewalt, I scroll quite a bit, and it is going into it’s tenth year for me. I find it to be stable, easy to change blades, and if you know what kind of blade to put on, it performs very well.

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#7 posted 09-19-2012 03:20 PM

Guess I should bring this post up to date, I wand up buying the rockwell but I think it’s just a HF knockoff, it seems to do what I’ve needed so far, haven’t had to use it much yet.

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