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Forum topic by Micah Muzny posted 09-01-2013 07:44 PM 1282 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Micah Muzny

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09-01-2013 07:44 PM

Hello all I am new to this forums website and sorta new to woodworking. I am interested in getting a scroll saw. I came across this and considering buying it (antique treadle scroll saw) I am fascinated with the old way of woodworking and would love to have this. I was wondering if anyone knows if this is a reasonable price and what are the pros and cons of a treadle scroll saw vs say a modern excalibur scroll saw? What are the limitations of the treadle, board thickness a issue, etc.?I know probably speed and how long it takes to get work done but that is understandable with a antique. I really like the old fashion way of work but if it doesn’t weigh out in pros vs cons I think I would rather pass.


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#1 posted 09-02-2013 03:38 AM

I don’t know the answer, but will see if I can bump it back up to the top.

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#2 posted 09-02-2013 04:15 AM

There’s one in Baldwin City Kansas for $295.

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#3 posted 09-05-2013 03:43 PM

what are the pros and cons of a treadle scroll saw vs say a modern excalibur scroll saw?

Night and day.

I would love to have a treadle saw, and I actually had the oppertunity to try one last week at the NY State fair.
The cool factor is : They look cool and at 140+ years old they still work, and well.

But if you want to be productive and not fumble with blade changes and re-tensioning the blade for every cut, you really want a newer machine.
Its really a matter of personal preferance. If It we me? I would buy both. lol

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#4 posted 09-05-2013 04:13 PM

The only time I’ve ever seen anyone use a Treadle saw vs a newer one was for super intricate pieces I know of a canoe maker here in the adirondacks him and his son build them and they are beautiful and have a large price tag but he cuts all his detail work using those saws because he can slow the cut down so low for the super tight radiuses he needs.

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