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Forum topic by derosa posted 01-04-2012 03:49 AM 6811 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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derosa

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01-04-2012 03:49 AM

I picked up a craftsman professional scroll saw, model number 00921612000; you can see it here http://community.craftsman.com/Craftsman-Professional-16-in-Variable-Speed-Tilt-Arm-Scroll-Saw-with-Dust-Collector-reviews
Although it does get fairly negative reviews I paid 80.00 for it new at Sears and I haven’t been disappointed with it yet, I really like the fact that the saw tilts and not the table. The only negative is that it uses pinned blades and I’d like to try my hand at some finer work. A couple reviews I’ve found mention that it can be converted to pinless but don’t give part numbers; a call to the parts department was less then useless. So does anyone know the part number(s) needed to make it pinless?

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse


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mondak

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#1 posted 01-04-2012 03:59 AM

OLSON use to sell a change over setup for craftsman scroll saws. I would google OLSON and either they can suggest where to purchase or maybe they will seel to you outright.
I have no experience with that change over so I can neither recommend it or give a bad review.

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#2 posted 01-04-2012 04:30 AM

Like Mondak stated, I thought that the conversion kit was avaliable for an outside mfg. I’d guess that blade sellers would have a conversion kit.

i wouldn’t think that it would be a requirement to go to the blade Mfg. I’d think that a mail order blade seller would have them.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#3 posted 01-04-2012 04:43 AM

But here is Sears kit

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#4 posted 01-04-2012 05:19 AM

I have the kit that Karson posted. It does convert it to pinless, but it isn’t as great as it seems. It is such a pain to get the pinless blade set up correctly every time you remount the blade, that it really isn’t very good for what it is meant for.
I’m assuming you want to go pinless so that you can do more delicate work. I’m afraid the only way to do that without huge headaches is to find a pinless saw.
If you do decide to get the kit though, here it is from Wildwood Designs.
Here’s the Olson brand (same thing, different label) at Wooden Teddy Bear.
The Olson brand one from Cherry Tree Toys.

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derosa

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#5 posted 01-04-2012 07:49 AM

Thanks for the replies, although I understand that a dedicated pinless saw would be better I need a few other tools first and I’m just not that skilled with a scroll saw to make the purchase necessary or worth it. Price is better then I hoped and I’ll get a kit ordered this week. Again, thanks.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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