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I have gotten tired of waiting for an Eclispe and I am thinking about getting an Excalibur 21 in scroll saw instead. I am looking for feedback aboout the Excalibur saw. I would be using the saw for general scrolling and marquetry.


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#1 posted 468 days ago

I’ve just started looking for a scroll saw so it will be interesting to me to see what kind of responses you get. I think LJ Sheila Landry has some experience with the Excaliber….as well as King Arthur I suppose LOL!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 468 days ago

I really enjoy my RBI-Hawk.

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#3 posted 468 days ago

I am saving up for an excaliber. It is an excellent saw.

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#4 posted 467 days ago

I have had a harbor freight scroll saw, DeWalt, Hegner and a Jet. HF is a waste of time, DeWalt cuts great but does not last, I have a 1988 Jet that I still use and a 1986 Hegner and a 2008 Hegner. The Jet and the Hegners are great saws. Look for a used Hegner new ones are $1100- $2800 !

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#5 posted 467 days ago

I have the dewalt 788 love it, amazon $500 with stand free shipping,, quite, strong, two years countless projects, not a hitch, I even rigged a hose for dust collection.

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#6 posted 467 days ago

I have the Dewalt for the past ten years and it is used almost every day. I do not understand those who say they do not last and wear out. With maintenance and care they should last a long time. If you want a new saw then go buy one and stop downgrading the Dewalt. The Hegner is a great saw and so is the Excaliber.

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#7 posted 467 days ago

My wife , Judy , is a professional scroller and has been for about 10 years. We have had 2 dewalts a Hegner and an Excaliber. The Ex caliber has the others beat hands down. It is a far superior cutting machine. We have had it for about a year now and will be purchasing another

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adam2

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#8 posted 461 days ago

Thanks for the input guys.

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socrbent

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#9 posted 461 days ago

Woodcraft has pulled the 21” Excalibur off their site. Local woodcraft owner says they will soon have a new model out with some changes. I’m treading water.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#10 posted 461 days ago

I bought the Excalibur last month and she is a beauty. I am no scroll expert, but it does everything I could want.
I highly recommend it and, as most tools, it comes down to how much you can/want to afford.
When it came up on sale black and gold special edition with a black metal base I was SOLD

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#11 posted 461 days ago

Sorry for the late response. I don’t always get to check the board here. But anyway – the Excalibur has my vote, as well as my partner Keith’s. We have had our saw for two years now and I truly believe that it has brought our scrolling level up tremendously. We had a DeWalt 788 for many years, and it served us well, but it was beginning to wear and DeWalts just aren’t made the same as when we got ours.

I got my saw from Seyco (www.seyco.com) and Ray has been wonderful in his assistance with any questions or issues we have had. Even though we live here in Nova Scotia, Canada he has been there every step of the way with our saw. I know that I have a lot of company in my high opinion of him.

I wish you luck with whatever you choose, but I highly recommend the Excalibur. I don’t think you will ever regret your decision. :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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MustacheMike

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#12 posted 461 days ago

IMHO three things noticed. 1. The DW788 front links quality control varies causing some saws to oscillate as much as 1/16” from vertical. 2. On/Off switch problems from dust 3. The synthetic Excalibur front tension release seem to fail prematurely.

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MustacheMike

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#13 posted 461 days ago

Should have added that a suggestion on the 788 problem is offered here: http://www.scrollsaws.com/

-- You can trust Mike -" because I will never pull your stash!" See my show weekly at Stumpynubs.com

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wbrisett

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#14 posted 460 days ago

Last year I replaced my PS Wood scroll saw with an Excalibur. It is like night and day. I seriously thought about getting the Eclipse, but since I don’t scroll all the time, I decided the Excalibur would do just fine. I did post a review of the saw here on LJ. A year later, I have no complaints, it’s a wonderful tool.

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#15 posted 459 days ago

I would keep looking also for a used scroll saw. I got my Hegner that way and got an almost new saw for about 25% of the new price. Every once in awhile, I good deal shows up.

You can not go wrong with an Excalibur.

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