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Forum topic by popeyekris posted 08-29-2012 07:00 PM 767 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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popeyekris

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08-29-2012 07:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: scroll saw

I purchased a Hitachi 16” scroll saw model CW 40 a couple years ago. My disappointment is, that it recently quit working. My fear is that the Controller Assembly has gone a-rye. The scroll saw has done me justice in quite a few projects. However, Hitachi no longer manufactures this part. Subsequently, I will have to purchase another scroll saw. My question is basically this, what is the scroll saw of choice from scroll sawing folks out there. I prefer to purchase one that I won’t have to worry about discontinued replacement parts in the near future.

I’ve gone through this already with another one of my other major tools. The Professional Contractor 10” table saw from Sears. It too had parts that were no longer manufactured nor repairable. And I was forced into replacing it. I replaced it with the Ridgid R4510 with lifetime warranty.

So, what do all you scroll saw guru’s recommend I replace my Hitachi CW 40 16” variable speed scroll saw with. Since apparently my Hitachi will be going to the scrap yard? I would like a scroll saw that will last a tad bit longer than the Hitachi CW 40 has.

Thanks. Please accept my apologies in advance, as I was right in the middle of a delicate detailed cut when my saw went kaput…:(

Kris

-- May you always believe in the magic!


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 08-29-2012 07:14 PM

Any machine that has circuit boards like your Hitachi will eventually fail, usually well after they have stopped production. That is one of the reasons I like older machines that were built to withstand the test of time and the only electronics are the motor and switch. I’m partial to older Delta machines, but if you are in a pinch, there is a nice used 18” craftsman in your area with a $90 asking price :)

Cheers,
Brad

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Howie

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#2 posted 08-29-2012 07:17 PM

If you can stand the $$$ Delta 788 is a very nice saw.

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404 - Not Found

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#3 posted 08-29-2012 09:11 PM

Is there some way of by-passing the circuit board and putting on a variable speed controller at the plug?

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popeyekris

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#4 posted 08-29-2012 09:59 PM

Brad, where ‘bouts did you view this sale?

Howie, thanks.

Renners, haven’t a clue.

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#5 posted 08-29-2012 10:03 PM

You could go all out and get a nice “Scrollgirl” scrollsaw
http://www.general.ca/site_excalibur/e_produits/EX-30e.html
If you do, Send me $100 and get yourself the optional accesories as well :-)
And at $1,129.99, I think its worth it.. :P

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popeyekris

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#6 posted 08-29-2012 10:04 PM

Howie, are you sure of the Delta? The Dewalt has a 788.

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#7 posted 08-29-2012 10:18 PM

Brad, where ‘bouts did you view this sale?

I just did a quick scan of Craigslist for Greenville.. http://greenville.craigslist.org/tls/3214885469.html
which I figured would be pretty close to where you are located.

May not be next door, but it does look like it’s in excellent shape and might be worth the drive. There are a few more around the area that look in pretty good shape as well.. and a few that sound like good deals without pictures so you would have to contact them for more info. Just search for ‘scroll’ in the tools section.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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popeyekris

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#8 posted 08-29-2012 10:32 PM

Thanks, Brad.

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#9 posted 08-29-2012 10:45 PM

my wife really loves her Dewalt, these are a couple of her works

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Howie

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#10 posted 08-29-2012 11:15 PM

Pop you are correct it is DeWalt…senior moment. Bad part is I used to own one. My bad..

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#11 posted 08-30-2012 12:58 AM

Hegner. I have a 1987 18” and it runs like new

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#12 posted 08-30-2012 01:53 AM

I use a 20” DeWalt 788. but I have 2 reasons not to recommend it. 1. it is very difficult to tighten the lower wing nut, due to the lack of space for my hand to get under it and tighten it, and it has a bad habit of letting go while it’s running. Then once I got it tightened, i have heck of a time getting it unscrewed. 2. I don’t think the blade tensioning lever gets the blade tight enough, because the blade bows while I’m using it.

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