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Forum topic by TheTalkingGrape posted 06-15-2013 05:31 AM 1177 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-15-2013 05:31 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question scroll saw scrollworking

I posted this exact forum topic about a week ago and only 1 person replied but I realI am very sorry for asking so many questions about scroll saws but I am just very very confused and dont know the right one to get. Ive been looking at the cheap clone ones like the Jet, Record Power, Deco-Flex and many other scroll saws but I have been researching and people are saying you will be disappointed and loose intrest. So my dilema is really what saw to get but I dont want to go ahead and spend a crap load of money on an Excalibur because im only 14 and I dont have a money making machine. Ive found this saw:

http://www.sydneytools.com.au/shopexd.asp?id=1006&bc=no

Its not a clone that I know of so thats a good point, it has the same sort of blade tensioning system going on at the front just like the Excalibur and it takes pinless blades. But I have a couple questions to ask.
Will the 50w input be enough power if 50w actually means power rating?
And will it be a good saw just in general?
I would really appreciate some informative feedback and/or advise on what to do. Thank you if you got to read this far, I talk to much.

Tim

-- Tim, Sydney Australia, http://www.youtube.com/user/TheTalkingGrape?feature=watch, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tims-Wooden-Wonders/1433591433543077?ref=hl


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#1 posted 06-15-2013 12:30 PM

Timzo,it looks like not many members own that particular scroll saw or have any experience with it,I did a quick search on google and found two reviews ,both bad:
http://www.productreview.com.au/p/makita-sj401-scroll-saw.html

In my opinion if you are willing to spend that much money (Au $375),you are better off buying a used Dewalt DW788, if you could find one it is a much better scroll saw,I know I own one.

I also recommend going on a web site geared for scroll sawing ,such as:
http://www.scrollsawer.com/forum/
Best of luck to you.
Ken.

-- Ken from Ontario

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#2 posted 06-15-2013 12:38 PM

Thanks for replying distrbd where do you thing I could find Dewalt 788 in Sydney?

-- Tim, Sydney Australia, http://www.youtube.com/user/TheTalkingGrape?feature=watch, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tims-Wooden-Wonders/1433591433543077?ref=hl

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#3 posted 06-15-2013 12:46 PM

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#4 posted 06-15-2013 09:49 PM

I will have to agree completely with Distrbd. I recently researched upgrading my scrollsaw. The Dewalt gets great reviews. If I could add some valuable advice this is it: The most important part of scrollsawing is the blade. Most store bought blades will frustrate and discourage you. I recommend Flying Dutchman blades. I purchase mine from a good fellow at this website for a very small price: www.mikesworkshop.com

I was close to throwing my saw in the trash can before getting these blades. Now I can scroll through 2” sapele with no issues.

-- Cypress Jake, New Orleans

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#5 posted 06-15-2013 11:35 PM

Thanks Jacob

But my dilema is trying to find a Dewalt 788 in Sydney. I do not know what saw to go with if I cant get a Dewalt 788. I cant get an Excalibur because its too much.

-- Tim, Sydney Australia, http://www.youtube.com/user/TheTalkingGrape?feature=watch, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tims-Wooden-Wonders/1433591433543077?ref=hl

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#6 posted 06-22-2013 10:59 AM

Tim
Once you get your saw and start working you will find that scrolling takes a tremendous amount of patience and persevence. I would advise you to use those same traits in your search for a saw. Don’t settle for an inferior saw just because your in a hurry to get started.

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#7 posted 06-22-2013 11:03 AM

Well americancanuck I dont have much choices with saws and this one looks the best for where I live. But the thing is would you think its a good saw?

-- Tim, Sydney Australia, http://www.youtube.com/user/TheTalkingGrape?feature=watch, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tims-Wooden-Wonders/1433591433543077?ref=hl

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