Now that we have this scrollsaw spacific forum I’m going to pose this to the readers for your input. I own a Foley – Belsaw Model 4330918 18” light industral scrollsaw. I purchased this new when it was first offered sometime in the 1980s made in Tiwan. Back then they were noted for their good quality cast iron. This is the EXACT same saw sold by Grizzly – G1060 and also sold in England as Axminster FS18. After doing some on line research I found the FS18 got some pretty good reviews. Over the years this was sold by other companies also, same thing as with all imports and there were never any improvments.
So this is where I’m going with this, first my “problems” then what to do about them. I find this to be a great machine for the most part. It’s my main scrollsaw, I have 2 others. Now I know this isn’t an Excalibur or a Hegner but for what I paid for it it’s a good machine. But I’m looking to improve it if I can. The first and major problem is with the blade holders and that is 2 part. First the blade holders use metric allen head cap screws and I wear out the heads often just by changing blades. Is there a better way of doing this or better retro fit clamps that I can use? Second blade clamp problem, this clampling system is a royal PITA to do fretwork where you need to pass the blade through many times. Is there a better way to do this? Once you release the tension both clamps and the blade come off and you have to try to hold your work and the blade all in one hand while trying to fit the blade into the other clamp set in the clamp holding jig on the table then wrench it tight. What do other saws use for this type of work and could I somehow make it for this machine? On to the next lesser problem, single speed. I would just love to have variable speed. Any ideas on how I could do it ecconomlically?
For those of you who don’t know about me I do have available metal lathe, mill and all welding and cutting tools so I’m like a self supporting shop but I really don’t want to get too crazzy with this project. I’m sure others have had these same issued and overcome them. These improvements would make me want to do lots more scrollsawing.
This stock picture from on line is the same as my saw so you all know what I’m talking about.
This is a picture of me trying to do the juggling act while taking the picture.
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