|Forum topic by Ted||posted 12-30-2012 11:32 PM||6926 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
12-30-2012 11:32 PM
As I’m sure many of you scroll saw experts are aware, RBI closed their doors in 2009 and was subsequently bought out by Bushton Manufacturing. Bushton has made some significant improvements to the Hawk line of scroll saws – all 2 models :).
I might have a chance to get my hands on an old RBI scroll saw for just under $300 plus a major hassle of getting out there to pick it up since I would have to borrow a car from somebody who will want to know when I will get the car, when I will return it, coordinating with the seller who I assume would have to schedule it for after work… basically, it would not be an easy transition.
I’m wondering if it would be worth it. The Bushton model with it’s improvements is priced at about $2,000, but I’m not sure if that’s a good comparison. The seller assures the tool is in good working condition, but in the photo (craigs list) I see some surface rust on the exposed metal parts.
Also, does the old RBI model have quick change for the blade? That would be important, as I plan to do a lot of inside cuts, like lattice work and such.
Something else to consider is that I can also get a gently used Dewalt 788 with the stand for $300 + the same transportation hassle. From what I understand, both are very good saws. I know the Dewalt has quick change for the blade, which is a stong selling point.
Finally, the RBI will come with about 100 assorted blades.
Any thoughts on this?
-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.