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09-07-2012 01:22 PM

Anyone familiar with this unit? I am interested in getting a scroll saw. I found this unit on CL in pretty good shape. the seller wont go any lower than $50 on it. I can’t find too much info on it for reviews. I am hoping someone has some advice for me.

-- Matthew


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#1 posted 09-07-2012 02:04 PM

Makita is one of my favorite brands. Just make sure the motor runs good. There are a lot of other scroll saws out there though. Good luck!

AJ

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#2 posted 09-07-2012 02:15 PM

I have seen a lot of older Craftsman units out there for cheap. They look pretty beat up and old. I am not wanting to spend a lot of money at first on a unit. Not entirely sure if i have the patience for scroll saw work.

-- Matthew

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#3 posted 09-07-2012 02:43 PM

Craftsman used scroll saws are very cheap. I have a Dremel scroll saw, 16’ works great. You can find them used all the time.

AJ

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#4 posted 09-07-2012 02:52 PM

I have seen a couple Dremel ones for sale as well. Would you suggest that brand over a Makita or a Craftsman?

-- Matthew

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#5 posted 09-07-2012 04:43 PM

it depends on what you want to do with it, but as someone who does a lot of scrolling I wouldn’t pay more the $25 for it.
I have one in my highschool shop. The makita requires you to use a tool to change blades, and allen wrench. If you loose the one with the saw it is hard to find the exact size to replace it. Blade changing is a pain compaired to most other scrollsaws. If you want to use it as a scroll saw frequently you will be quickly irritated by the blade changes. It is also less powerful then many other saws, You won’t be able to cut wood over 1” thick, and will probably struggle with many woods at 1/2”. Most scroll saws don’t cut very thick wood, but the makita really wont. The table is pretty smalll, which makes it difficult to support large or complex pieces.

If you want a scroll saw to increase your saw count, the makita will be ok.
If you want a scroll saw to do scrolling work, I would reccomend a different saw.

Many people like the dremel saw, I don’t like it at all. I also don’t like any of the craftsman saws. It is a look and feel thing more then a mechanical thing, but I would’t have one in my shop if you paid me to. My husband says it is a “weird woman thing”, so take that for what it is worth. The porter-Cable scroll saw is rated really well for entry level saws, and I have seen them on CL a few times. Also the dewalt and some deltas are pretty good. (not the antique looking ones, those are probably more work then they are worth)

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#6 posted 09-07-2012 06:11 PM

Thanks for the advice. WHat do you know about the Delta 40-150?

-- Matthew

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