Dewalt DW-788 Scroll Saw Tune Up

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Forum topic by mot posted 11-24-2008 12:26 AM 8306 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-24-2008 12:26 AM

Topic tags/keywords: dewalt scroll saw dw-788 scroll saw tune-up

Hi Folks,

My daughter and wife have taken an interest in scroll saw puzzles and Christmas ornaments. My old Delta saw, affectionately referred to as “The Vibrator,” (No innuendo intended nor implied,) didn’t give me any confidence in teaching my daughter and wife how to use it. So, as I’ve been coveting the purchase of any new tool lately, I decided on a sale priced DW-788. As beautiful a machine as it unpacked to my shop, it was quickly nicknamed, “Rattler!” I wanted to call it the, “knocker,” but I had to stop that particular line of tool nomenclature.

It makes this knocking, rattling, clicking sound that drives you nuts. It sounds like something is hitting something else. With some reading and searching and googling, I did find a very interesting short little site:

The last paragraph dealt with a similar sounding problem. After performing the explained adjustment, my saw is noiseless.

I just thought I’d pass this link along.



-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#1 posted 11-24-2008 03:16 AM


Glad you got the problem worked out. I hate buying something brand new and having problems with it.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas!!!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 11-24-2008 06:46 PM

Hi Mot;

Great news on fixing the “Rattler!”

I knew a few woodworkers that that their wife into their wood shop.

They were never heard from again!

Good luck to you.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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