|Forum topic by PyNCy||posted 10-11-2012 06:29 PM||1609 views||0 times favorited||16 replies|
10-11-2012 06:29 PM
My tired old 16” Tool Star has seen better days, I’m afraid. I think the arm is bent or something, because I have learned that I have to tilt the table almost 2 degrees to get the blade square. My work always came out with an angle when the table was at 0, and it was a lot harder to work. Now, it’s a little easier. The packing tape on the wood doesn’t help to lubricate the blade much. The wood and blades still burn when I cut 1/2” stuff. I think the tension spring is almost shot. About 2 months after I bought the saw, the original broke. My dad took a wire hanger and bent it to the shape of the spring, fixing it. Maybe it’s getting stretched out, because the tension doesn’t stay as tight as it used to.
So, after using my beloved scroll saw for almost 13 years, I suppose it might be time to get a new one. I’ve been looking into the new Delta 20” that just came out. But I don’t know. For starters, I don’t think any stores around here have them in stock. Do I go ahead and order one through the mail, trusting it to get here alright and that I will like it as much as my Tool Star?
What I’m looking for in a new saw: a 20” throat depth. If I’m going to go ahead with a new saw, may as well upgrade. I’m a little short on one end, so if I get a longer saw, it’s mandatory that the tension knob be in the front. In fact, having all the “bells and whistles” in front would be nice. Right now, the Tool Star has the blade conversion kit, which makes blade changes really easy. Use the wrench and clampy thingie for the blades. Tool-less blade change on the new saws would probably make things go faster. But do the blades stay tight? And is it really that easy to insert the blade into the bottom? The saws I’ve looked at have the table insert deal, where you can’t see if the blade has gone into the bottom. As far as variable speed and table tilt goes, I’m not very particular. The Tool Star tilts one-way, and is only 2 speeds. I have used the low speed ever since I bought it, because the high speed makes the saw vibrate too much. Being able to cut up to 2” or so would be awesome, I think! I make a lot of ornaments out of 1/4” wood. Now, I can only cut 2 at a time, since the saw complains when I cut more than 1/2”. So, cutting 4-6 out at a time sounds wonderful!
Any ideas about a new scroll saw will be welcome :)
-- The Sawdust Fairy ~ Making Magic with Wood