My wife bought me a Rockwell Bladerunner for Christmas

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Forum topic by HuntleyBill posted 12-24-2011 05:52 AM 2314 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-24-2011 05:52 AM

Model # RK7320. I was wondering if I could get some advise from a scroll saw person. Can these machines do fine detail work? The blades they give you look too wide for intricate work. Can you get smaller blades for finer scrolling?

What are your opinions on this saw? I don’t want to hurt the wifes feelings but if this is not a good saw for occasional use and detailed scrolling, I’d like to take it back for something else. If you think it is good, then I’ll fire it up and get it dirty!!!


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#1 posted 12-24-2011 06:52 AM

I think you have to consider how much you are willing to pay to avoid hurting her feelings.
Those machines, in my honest opinion, are about totally useless.
I can think of no job they can do as well as any of the tools they pretend to replace.
A circular saw or a hand saw will make a crosscut faster, straighter and smoother.
A jig saw or a reciprical saw will make curved cuts just as well and not as limited to sheet size.
A scroll saw or a coping saw will make fine curved cuts much more accurately.

But, if my wife gave me one, I don’t think I would let her know what I think about them.

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#2 posted 12-24-2011 11:18 AM

Take it back and GENTLY tell your wife not to buy any tools for you – unless you give her the make and model number.

-- Joe

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#3 posted 12-24-2011 07:49 PM

+1 on ajosephg’s gentle advice.

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#4 posted 12-24-2011 08:24 PM

In the interest of full disclosure, I have no hands on experience with a blade runner. Yet, based on my observations and what I have read, this is not a tool I would want taking up space in my shop.

It reminds me of a Swiss Army Knife (SAK). A SAK may contain a lot of tools (screwdriver, cork screw, fork, saw, scissors, etc.) The appeal of the SAK is that it does contain all these tools in one compact unit. However, virtually everyone of these built in tools is inferior to a standalone tool.

I’m grateful that my wife does not attempt to buy me tools. She knows better. She does like to buy me woodworking books and some of them are pretty good. One year she bought me a pretty elaborate collection of exotic veneers. I have still never used veneer in my life, but I may try one of these days.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 12-24-2011 08:48 PM

Thank you all for your advise. I know my wife was just trying to surprise me with something she thought I needed.
Bless her heart! The good news is now I have clearance to go get a REAL scroll saw.

Now I just have to figure out which one I should buy????!!!

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#6 posted 12-24-2011 09:09 PM

Here’s another point of view

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#7 posted 12-24-2011 10:09 PM

Good advice.

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#8 posted 12-25-2011 10:06 PM

I’m late here but I’d exchange it. Bill, look at the Delta scrollsaw. It is the exact same as the DeWalt, just grey. And is on sale at WC with a light and stand.

+1 what cr1 said.

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