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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

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

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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.

-- May you always believe in the magic!

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Alexandre

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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.

-- May you always believe in the magic!

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MrUnix

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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.

-- May you always believe in the magic!

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knotheadswoodshed

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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

-- Randy - "I dont make mistakes, I make design change opportunities" www.knotheadswoodshed.com

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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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crashn

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

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

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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LittlePaw

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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.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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RandyinFlorida

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#13 posted 11-09-2014 06:28 PM

popeyekris,

In researching a problem with my CW40 i came accross this thread. Did you find the problem? I had the same problem with mine about the same time you did. I found the simple switch under the rocker just needed a little TLC. Havn’t had any problems since.

My problem, there’s no air coming out of the dust blower. Any thoughts?

-- Randy in Crestview Florida, Wood Rocks!

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MrUnix

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#14 posted 11-09-2014 07:39 PM

My problem, there’s no air coming out of the dust blower. Any thoughts?

Randy.. check the rubber bellows to make sure it’s not cracked.. if it is, it a $2 part to fix.

Cheers,
Brad

PS: In a pinch, you can use rubber cement to fix any crack/tear in the bellows.. the bellows on my old 18” Delta was cracked pretty bad, and a replacement was not possible due to the age of the machine. I had a small tube of rubber cement, so I gave it a try. It’s been holding up just fine for the past several months of pretty heavy use.

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

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#15 posted 11-09-2014 11:25 PM

MrUnix, That was just going to be my suggestion. I also have a CW40, and have owned it for nearly 10 yrs. It has given me good service with several hundred hours at the blade. The on/off switch under the grey “flapper” is the same switch as your work light switch on the right side. Mine gave problems, so I went to Napa & got me a $10 toggle switch & put different sized spade ends on the two ends going to the power switch, and have had no trouble since. Before you start huntin’ a new saw, unless ya have $$$$$ burnin’ a hole in yer pocket, check it out, Boss! If ya love yer saw as much I do, you’ll go the extra mile to hang onto it! I was involved in a forum awhile back with a fella that was havin’ motor issues with his CW40, and he thought it was the circuit board. He finally got time to get the motor out of it, & that was the the problem. A new motor from Hitachi is $192, w/ a warranty. Instead, he trashed the saw, & went out & bought a $275 Porter Cable, & wasn’t a bit happy with it. I tried to get him to look into other things but the circuit board. Just a little wisdom. I would check things out LONG BEFORE I bought a Dewalt of any number! I also own two Craftsman saws, & they aren’t half the saw My CW40 is!

-- Sawdust703

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