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Forum topic by James Gallo posted 06-07-2014 07:50 PM 1057 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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James Gallo

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06-07-2014 07:50 PM

I just bought this dewalt dw788 scroll saw off of craigslist for $150. It’s a little tattered, but it is an earlier type 1 which was manufactured in Canada, not the China type 2. I have not done any scrolling before, but I’d like to try my hand at marquetry. All the scrollers use this saw, or the higher end saws like rbi, hegner and excalibur. So whaddaya think?

Jim

-- Jg, Pittsburgh


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Bill White

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#1 posted 06-07-2014 08:17 PM

Well, looks like ya need a stand or mount to a table, blades, all the other doodads, but the price is right.
Did the saw run out as you would expect?
Just a point. Might not wanna show the serial number in case there might be some goofy stuff goin’ on.
Bill

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Redoak49

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#2 posted 06-07-2014 10:40 PM

I have been scrolling for a couple of years now. I was surprised at how much I had to learn and what it took to do a good job. Most of what I do is Intarsia and kids puzzles.

Be aware of the issue with dust as these things make a lot of very fine dust that you do not want to breath. I use a magnifying lamp with mine to be more accurate.

Good Luck

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James Gallo

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#3 posted 06-07-2014 10:42 PM

Ah yea, never even thought about the serial number. Yes it runs perfect. I was amazed what a real scroll saw can do. About 6 months ago, I picked up a Delta 40-530 16” scroll saw at a flea market for $25. Bought some blades and gave it a try. Wow, I was thinking that maybe I wasn’t cut out for scroll sawing. I just could not make a decent cut of any kind. I put it away and said “Forget it”.
Then I found this Dewalt, and tried cutting the practice patterns that I found online. I was cutting perfectly along the pattern lines as though I’ve been scrolling for years. This is truly a well built machine and is a joy to use. Now all I need to do is practice, practice, practice.

-- Jg, Pittsburgh

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#4 posted 06-07-2014 10:46 PM

Redoak, I would like to get into intarsia and marquetry.

-- Jg, Pittsburgh

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Jim Finn

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#5 posted 06-08-2014 01:47 PM

I have used a DeWalt saw doing double bevel inlay. My DeWalt died after 20 months from new. DeWalt is a great cutting saw but not durable for cutting thicker woods. I cut a total of 3/4” hardwoods a lot and this saw did not last all that long for me. Mine was a type two, made in China, I guess. I now have a Hegner and it is a much more durable saw. One of the weakness of the DeWalt saw is the switch. It gets dust in it and fails. I suggest you cover it with saran wrap turn it on, leave it on and get a foot switch to operate this saw. Harbor freight for under $20. Have fun with your new saw.

-- In God We Trust

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James Gallo

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#6 posted 06-08-2014 03:52 PM

Thanks Jim, I do plan on getting a footswitch. I almost bought a RBI model 220-3, but the guy wanted $400 and my funds did not allow. Plus I’m not sure how skilled I might become to justify such a saw i just hope the dewalt lasts a while. I really want to try double bevel marquetry. I bought a sample pack of veneer, but I think I want to resaw my own, and make it a little thicke, 1/16” – 1/8”.

Jim

-- Jg, Pittsburgh

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Fred Hargis

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#7 posted 06-08-2014 04:53 PM

I’ve been watching for one of those for almost 2 years (Type 1 only). I’d say you did very well. I’m not a scroller, but would like to have one for the use in other projects that come up every once in a while. In my case an RBI Hawk 220VS Ultra showed up about a month ago locally (never expected that) and I got it instead ($200). Anyway, you’ll need some good blades…I'd suggest these (click on the assortment pack). Top quality at a fair price.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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James Gallo

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#8 posted 06-08-2014 05:02 PM

Now I would think that was a great deal, from what I’ve read about the RBI Hawk. Maybe I should have bought the one I saw on CL for $400. The guy said it cost $800 new.

-- Jg, Pittsburgh

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Fred Hargis

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#9 posted 06-08-2014 06:51 PM

They are nice, but the guy I bought mine from said they were higher than that. Regardless, it would be nuts for me to spend that much on a scroll saw, I just don’t use them enough for that. The one I bought had been listed on CL for about 3 weeks at $220, the guy didn’t sell it (one deal fell through) and he lowered the price to $200. Oddly enough about the same time I bought mine, a fellow I know about 100 miles away in a city (I’m out in the sticks) bought a 220 VS for $160.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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James Gallo

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#10 posted 06-08-2014 07:51 PM

I guess the deals are out there if you know what you are looking at, have the funds, and have patience.

-- Jg, Pittsburgh

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Fred Hargis

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#11 posted 06-08-2014 08:22 PM

Don’t forget the most important part: being flat ass lucky! I’d ay the deal you got on that 788 was very good, much better than any I saw. They were closer to $300 being asked for the few that showed up…and some of them were the type 2 saws.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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James Gallo

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#12 posted 06-08-2014 09:58 PM

One thing I was wondering about a foot switch. In my mind, I would think a foot switch that controlled the variable speed, would be more efficient than just an on-off foot switch. Does anyone use a variable speed foot switch?

-- Jg, Pittsburgh

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DIYaholic

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#13 posted 06-08-2014 11:25 PM

Yup, the thing with CL deals….
Ya gotta jump on ‘em fast, hopefully being the first person to contact the seller.
That’s why I check CL 3 to 5 times a day.

That’s how I got a DW788 Type 1, with stand (no light), for $125.00.
I also scored a DW735 planer for $100.00.
I did need to put $250.00 into in/out feed tables and a few other parts, but still a good deal.

Congrats on your CL score!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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James Gallo

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#14 posted 06-09-2014 10:51 AM

Wow DIY, you do know how to find the deals. I bought my DW735x new, and paid full price.

-- Jg, Pittsburgh

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Craftsman on the lake

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#15 posted 06-09-2014 11:10 AM

Mine was $75 for an almost new one. I blogged about it a couple of years ago.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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