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Forum topic by Greg Spencer posted 01-22-2012 06:10 PM 997 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Greg Spencer

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01-22-2012 06:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: scroll saw fretwork

Hey, folks.
My forty year old Craftsman scroll saw is ready to bite the dust. I don’t do a heck of a lot of scroll saw work, although I might if I had a better one. I’m not in the market for a $500 – $600 model, what’s your opinion of saws in the $150 – $250 range and why?

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#1 posted 02-04-2012 04:31 AM

Have you looked zat the used market? You can sometimes get a ‘used machine in your price range that will give you far more bang for your buck then buying new would. Just a thought.

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#2 posted 02-04-2012 05:54 PM

A used machine is a good way to go. Two of the better brands are, Hegner and Excabiler. I have two Hegners. One I bought used and it works well. It is a 1986 model.

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#3 posted 02-04-2012 06:03 PM

The used market might be a good way to go. I have and Excaliber and I love it. Whatever you go for, I would suggest you consider the ease of relocating to new holes for inside cutting, that is, an upfront tensioning system and quick loosen/locking of the blade. Variable speed is also a great thing to have as it adapts well to different cutting thicknesses and also allows you to cut metal and other materials which require lower speeds.

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#4 posted 02-04-2012 07:20 PM

thanks. i was thinking used, I appreciate the reco on the Excaliber and the Hegner. I definitely want one that’s easy to work with inside cuts, that old Craftsman was a real bugger to change the blade. I’m going to save it to let my grand daughter learn on it.

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#5 posted 02-05-2012 03:14 AM

I love my Hegner saws but they have a rather cumbersome blade changing process as compared to other saws. I do not do any fretwork so it is not an issue for me. I do double bevel inlay and that has a lot less inside cuts to make than fretwork does. Depends on what you plan to use the saw for, I guess.

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#6 posted 02-05-2012 03:06 PM

Have you thought about a vintage scrollsaw? There are lots of good older ( 1950’s or newer) Delta, Craftsman, and other brands that are good scrollies, that can be had for less than your target price. Depending on what you get, they will need some work, but are good, industrial-strength saws. An alternative would be to restore your Craftsman?

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