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08-06-2013 03:53 PM

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I’ve been thinking of adding a scroll saw to the shop. No idea yet what I’d actually DO with it, but I honestly think my wife might have fun with it as well. Aside from the overpriced “vintage” ones on craigslist, there are also some that appear interesting, but I have NO IDEA what’s a decent saw, let alone a decent price.

I saw an RBI Hawk on there for I think $150 a while back. Looked like new, but no idea if that’s a decent name in scroll saws. There are some Delta variable speed 16” scroll saws…. at various prices, but mostly under $200.

Is 16” a good “testing the waters” size? Variable speed desirable? Do these things all take the same blade size and type? (like all 10” table saws can pretty much use any 10” blade?)

I need to google a bit and look at what people do with scroll saws, but it doesn’t look like it’d take up a lot of room. :)

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#1 posted 08-06-2013 06:24 PM

I have an RBI Hawk and it is a pretty good saw. I paid $250 on Craig’s list and thought I had a bargain. I did get a bargain for my area of the country. Parts are available if you need any. I am one that believes you should get the best you can afford because, as you probably know, it just makes things easier to do. I would have been all over that saw. If it was an any shape at all it was well worth that price. I see them in the $400+ range all the time. It is one of the better saws I believe. There are other good saws also. People all have a favorite.

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#2 posted 08-06-2013 09:15 PM

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#3 posted 08-06-2013 09:28 PM

To bad we live a ways apart. I’m in So. Maine. I have a Hitachi I bought after an old craftsman died on me and used on one project. Then awhile later I came upon a Dewalt for a song on Craigslist. The Hitachi with about 2 hrs use on it went into the shop attic. I’ve been keeping my eye out for someone who needed a decent scroll saw and would sell it and take a loss. Here’s the review of the Hitachi I did awhile back. This is the link to the project I did that was the only use the saw has seen.

BTW, I’ll be in the Troy area all weekend visiting my daughter. Still a fair ways from you.

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#4 posted 08-06-2013 09:41 PM

Lots of folks (me included) has the Dewalt 788

It is kind of the “Xerox” of the bunch.
Lots of good machines.

I bought mine after taking a Marquetry Class, and that was what the school had for each student at their benches. So after using it for a week doing double bevel stuff – - I decided that was the one.

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#5 posted 08-06-2013 11:47 PM

788 the way to go, also for ideas Scrollsaw work shop free plans great site

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