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Forum topic by Jofa posted 08-01-2013 07:37 PM 879 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-01-2013 07:37 PM

Hey everybody.

I’m in the market for a scroll saw. I’ve been looking at some of the offerings from Grizzly and it appears they have quality stuff within my price range ($200 and under). However, I thought I might reach out to the members here to get some other options.

This will be my first scroll saw so I’m open to suggestions. Thanks.

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

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#1 posted 08-01-2013 07:54 PM

Several years ago “Wood” mag did a review if various price point scroll saws. In the under $200 class the
Porter-Cable came out on top. Having used both the Skill & P-C The P-C is really a better saw. When I bought one I went for the Excaliber, because it had such low vibration, but it is out of your price point. The second plus for the P-C is you can buy one at Lowes. If you have any trouble just take it back to and get one that works. I find that most stuff that comes out of China is hit or miss and the ability to take the bad one back and get a good one is important.

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#2 posted 08-01-2013 10:11 PM

I would watch craigslist and try to find a used one. You may have to look for awhile but will be worth it. I bought a used Hegner for $400 and it was in great shape and one of the best machines made. If you do buy one used, make certain that you test it out and if you do not know too much about them, take someone who has experience.

Good Luck

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#3 posted 08-02-2013 12:29 AM

After doing exhaustive research into scrollsaws, I decided to get a 1/4 blade for my bandsaw. Works good for my needs.

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#4 posted 08-02-2013 01:22 PM

The only decent saw I saw at Grizzly was the DeWalt and that is out of your price range. I think your choices would be Craigslist or the PC at Lowes.

-- Kepy

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#5 posted 08-02-2013 11:42 PM

Thanks very much everyone.

Update, I did find this on Craigslist:

It has an 18” throat and the seller got it from his father who bought it new. Comes with the stand as well. He says it works great and he doesn’t have a need for it. Old, yes. I wonder if its worth the $50 he’s asking.

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

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#6 posted 08-03-2013 02:42 AM

I couldn’t answer whether it is worth the $50 or not. Never used one. I was able to wait a little and bought an RBI Hawk off Craig’s list for $250. It is good and close to your price range. Used isn’t bad.

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#7 posted 08-03-2013 01:31 PM

That saw operates from a transmission and spring load on top. It will work but is very hard on blades. Think you would be happier with a more modern saw.

-- Kepy

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#8 posted 08-04-2013 09:31 PM

Thanks Kepy. Great advice.

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

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#9 posted 08-05-2013 07:58 PM

Whatever you buy, make sure you get a scroll saw with the parallel arms, not one that has a spring tensioner. The parallel arms allow for more tension to be put on the blade which keeps the blade from bending with pressure from the work. Also, be sure to bolt the saw down to something sturdy with some weight to it. All of that reciprocal motion of the saw creates a lot of vibration which is very unpleasant when working. And you should consider the ease of attaching and removing the blade as you have to do this repeatedly when sawing inside holes. Fiddly blade attaching can become a real pain. And one more thing. If you plan on doing any really small work like marquetry, be sure to get a blade attachment arrangement that will take pinless blades as most of the very small blades are pinless. With these considerations, most any moderately priced scroll saw will do.


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#10 posted 08-05-2013 10:01 PM

I have a very old Delta for sale right now. bit older than that craftsman.. but it is more of a looker than a cooker.. But if any of you want something to restore and display in the shop, pm me. I got it sat, so I am going to get the rust off and post it.

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#11 posted 08-14-2013 02:19 PM


I have a Dewalt DW788 20” scroll saw for sale in excellent condition that has had very light use.. It was made in Canada about 10 years ago and in my research I found that that vintage scroll saw is built considerably better than the current models and is considered the scroll saw of choice in it’s price range.

I have about $ 25 in blades in about 8 different sizes that go with it. This saw with the stand is on Amazon for over $ 500. I am asking $ 350. I am in Michigan if you are interested please let me know.

All the Best,

-- Ken, Michigan

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