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dansnow

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348 days ago

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Hi Folks, as a newbie in woodworking I’m looking for some input.

I started woodworking last year after getting laid off, and while getting my shop set up I was gifted with a Dremel 16” 2-speed scroll saw.
Since then I’ve tried my best to wear the thing out, and this past February, after research and talking to other scrollers, I ordered an Excalibur 21” through Woodcraft. It was supposed to be delivered in March. It’s now mid-may and General International (parent) is telling me probably mid-June before I’ll see it.
As someone who is trying to get a little home business making wooden toys and gifts off the ground, I can’t afford to wait much longer into the craft fair season. I’ve been postponing some projects because trying to make them on my little Dremel saw would be very frustrating.

My question is whether I should continue to wait for the Excalibur, or should I look at other manufacturers? I like to do fretwork, so the raising arm on the Excalibur was an important feature, and the idea of tilting the arm and blade rather than the table sounded like a good deal.

Do I wait? Or should I cancel the order and look elsewhere?

-- Dan Snow & Son Wooden Toys & Gifts


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Bryan Cramer

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#1 posted 348 days ago

You made a good choice; it is an excellent saw. I picked my up locally so I didn’t have to wait. The decision to wait is up to you. FYI it is so easy to cut bowls with the tilting head.

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dansnow

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#2 posted 348 days ago

I tried to find one locally but very few places in CA carry them. So far I’ve gotten 3 different stories from them regarding the delay, unexpected demand, then they had to fix a design flaw in the drive system, then they are having problems with a needle bearing supplier.
I’ve checked out the dewalt and delta, but they don’t impress me as much as the Excalibur, and I certainly can’t afford a Hegner or Hawk. It just really upsets me that they’ve had almost $900 from me for almost 5 months by the time I get one, if I in fact ever get it!! You can be sure I will be very hesitant about recommending General International products based on the customer service I’ve received so far.

-- Dan Snow & Son Wooden Toys & Gifts

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Richard Miller

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#3 posted 348 days ago

My sweat lady of the house bought me a excaliiber 21 and i think it is worth the wait.

-- Dick F,Burg Iowa

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sgv

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#4 posted 348 days ago

My 2 cens I have a dewalt 788 love it have never had a problem, I was using it 5-6 hours a day, never a hiccup

-- Tite Lines, May the wind be at your back

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RogerC

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#5 posted 348 days ago

Generally speaking General and Gen. Int. have outstanding customer service. You’ll find the machine in perfect condition when you do get it because they would not accept second rate other parts to take the place of the ones they are short on currently. And should it ever break they have great reps to help you out. It may seem a big deal now but once you’ve had it for a week all this frustration will be forgotten

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sonnyr

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#6 posted 348 days ago

I recently purchased the “30th Anniversary EX-21AK Scroll Saw – Ltd. Ed.” from SEYCO. They are in Rockwall, Tx. which is a 3 1/2 hour drive from my house, so I went on a day trip and picked one up. It saved me the $94 shipping charge. Ray Seymore at SEYCO was great to do business. Here’s a link:

http://www.seyco.com/
It looks like they still have some of the 30th anniv. saws left for $849.95

Hope this helps you on your decision, I love my Excaliber.

-- I may be slow, but I'm easy to stop!!!

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runswithscissors

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#7 posted 348 days ago

Have you checked out CL? I picked up a 20” RBI Hawk, in very nice condition, with a lot of good quality blades, for $275. I could claim that as a gloat, but a few days before that I stupidly walked away from a new looking 18” Hegner, a recent model, that I could have had for $250. A few hours later, when I called back, of course it was gone. The RBI was my consolation.

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wbrisett

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#8 posted 348 days ago

I bought my Excalibur from Seyco about a year ago and can’t say enough good things about both Seyco and the saw. I wrote a review of the saw here on this site.

General can be frustrating to deal with at times. In fact, the only reason I have a Delta Unisaw instead of a General 650 in my shop now is because after a 3 month delay, I got tired of waiting. Ordered the Delta through Woodcraft and had my saw the next week.

At this point, if General is telling you it’s going to be a while, see if Ray can set you up with a saw (get his magnifying lamp, it’s worth it!), and cancel you order through Woodcraft. But the saw is superb.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 348 days ago

I think it is definitely worth the wait!

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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SnowyRiver

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#10 posted 348 days ago

I love my Excalibur. I like the tilting head rather than having the tilting table. It would be worth the wait. Did you order it from International? There are a lot of them on Amazon and other sources on the internet. I bought mine locally at ACME Tool. I know ACME has a mail-order department too.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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teejk

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#11 posted 347 days ago

To Richard Miller…I hope you meant to type “sweet lady of the house”

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Richforever

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#12 posted 347 days ago

Yes. It’s worth the wait. The dual link parallel arm greatly reduces vibration.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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Richard Miller

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#13 posted 347 days ago

to teejk you are so correct thanks .

-- Dick F,Burg Iowa

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teejk

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#14 posted 347 days ago

Just trying to help Richard…english is a very difficult language (in your case what a difference a single letter makes). Anyway, I’m watching this thread because it’s time to buy a new scroller.

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Bill White

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#15 posted 347 days ago

Richard, a sweat lady vs: a sweet lady?????
I would like to have an Ex. scroller, but having my bucks for that length of time is kinda goofy. Do they not charge when product(s) is shipped?
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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