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11-13-2014 08:14 PM

I would like to buy a scroll saw and do not know much about them. I would like to stay at $300 or less. What brand do you guys like and why?
Thanks for your help!!

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#1 posted 11-13-2014 08:23 PM

I always read the dewalt 20” is good but that is around $500, maybe you can find a used one on Craigslist.

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#2 posted 11-13-2014 08:44 PM

It may be helpful to know what you plan to do with it?
Depending upon that you might be into a bandsaw

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#3 posted 11-13-2014 09:33 PM

For home/hobby work, the DeWalt seems to get the best marks, but is pricey. Like Jerrod suggested, they turn up on CL now and then.. also, the Delta 40-690 is the same saw, just has a Delta badge and different color, and can usually be found a bit cheaper than the DeWalt for some reason.

If you are just looking to get your feet wet without spending a lot of cash, there are a lot of older scroll saws that can be had really cheap.. Craftsman and Dremels typically go for around $30-$40 around my area and are what a lot of people started out on before moving up to more exotic machines. Larger Deltas and Powermatics can be found for $100 or less. Lots of options.


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#4 posted 11-13-2014 09:42 PM

+ 1 on dewalt and craigslist postings.

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Jim Finn

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#5 posted 11-13-2014 10:37 PM

Creigs list is a good way to go. I have three scroll saws, two of them I got on criegs list. A Hegner and a Jet. DeWalt is a good saw if you are cutting thin material but continually cutting anything over 1/2” will eventually ruin a DeWalt.

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#6 posted 11-14-2014 12:33 PM

Set up an Amazon price watch for the Dewalt, just a week ago or so they offered it at $330. With shopping season here, it will almost certainly show up again. One other suggestion: watch your local CL, just this past summer I picked up an RBI Hawk Ultra 220 VS for $200. This saw sold for about $1400 originally. Since then I’ve seen a small handful of others show up within 150 miles or so, you may luck out.

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#7 posted 11-14-2014 12:52 PM

I think it is a good idea to pick up a used one off of Craigslist. Depending on your area, some of them show up pretty often. There are many people happy with the DeWalt. Hegner and the RBI Hawk are really good and new sell for a couple times what the DeWalt does. You should be able to find a A Hawk or Hegner used for $300-400. Parts for these machines are still available.

I bought a used Hegner a couple of years ago and it is a great machine.

You can go to scrollsawer. com forum and see a lot of different things people are doing with scroll saws.

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#8 posted 11-14-2014 01:01 PM

I bought my Dewalt off CL – several years ago. I have been very happy with it. I mainly cut 1/8” thick boards, but can get very fine detail and accurate cuts.

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#9 posted 11-14-2014 01:56 PM

I started out with a Delta from Lowes for about $129. Worked great till I upgraded. IF you get a DeWalt ONLY get a TYPE 1. The table castings on the type 2 are known to be bad – in some cases. It is listed on the motor.

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#10 posted 11-14-2014 02:54 PM

Here is my take, not on brand but type.

Get a scroll saw or the parallel arm type, not the spring type. The parallel arm type allows you to tension the blade well. The spring type often doesn’t but enough tension on the blade. If you plan to do very fine work like marquetry, make sure the blade holder can take pinless blades. Look for a saw that allows easy removal and reattachment of the blade. You will often be cutting inside your work and will be removing the blade from the top attachment, inserting the end of the blade through a drilled hole through your work, and then reattaching the blade. Some types of scroll work require this to be done repeatedly and fiddling with troublesome blade attachments is a big pain. And be sure to bolt the saw to a substantial table or stand. The reciprocal motion of the saw creates a lot of vibration and this can be very annoying if not controlled.

I have an inexpensive Chinese made scroll saw made in the fashion above and it saws nicely. You don’t have to have an expensive saw to do great scroll work well.


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#11 posted 11-14-2014 03:25 PM

Thanks for all your help. lots to consider n now. I will look at CL and Lows and Amazon . I will mostly be cutting 3/4 inch wood to make bowel blanks for the lathe. Just starting to get in to lathe work.
Thanks again!!

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#12 posted 11-14-2014 08:29 PM

This is a great website I like to use to see trends in pricing on amazon

looks like it was 330 in december of last year.

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Mark Shymanski

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#13 posted 11-14-2014 10:50 PM

If you are rough cutting out bowl blanks a scroll saw may be a pretty slow way to do it. A jigsaw or a bandsaw may be a lot faster and more robust that a scrollsaw blade would be.

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#14 posted 11-14-2014 10:59 PM

I agree….using a scroll saw to cut blanks is probably not a good use. You would be better off buying a small band saw. I just bought a 10” Rikon new for under $200. It cuts 3/4” wood much easier than a scroll saw.

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#15 posted 11-15-2014 03:03 PM

Thanks for the information!!?

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