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Forum topic by JUC posted 01-23-2015 06:38 PM 1728 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-23-2015 06:38 PM

Good day, I am looking to buy a good quality scroll saw. I like the Delta 40-694. The specifications look good and the reviews are good. Just wondering if any of you have this saw and your feelings on it. Or do you like another saw and why”?
Thanks for the help!!

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#1 posted 01-23-2015 10:07 PM

I have the 40-694 and really like it.
Don R


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#2 posted 01-23-2015 11:02 PM

Wow the 640s have changed a lot in the last 20 yrs. It’s like the diff between the Enterprise from the 68 series and the one from the recent movies. Mine is 20 something yrs old, still using it, if anything, I’d like to have a nice bright directional led.

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#3 posted 01-23-2015 11:02 PM

I would not touch anything Delta is selling today. Very bad posts about lack of tech/parts support. New ownership is not getting good press.
I could be proven wrong, but I’ll wait until this happens.
Kinda like Sears as far as I’ve seen.


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#4 posted 01-23-2015 11:14 PM

Recently upgraded from my entry level Cman to the Delta 40694. Very nice saw, I especially like the swing up arm which is great for projects with many interior cuts. I am now a top-feeder. Only shortcoming is the lack of a dust collector feature.

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#5 posted 01-23-2015 11:36 PM

“Good quality” ? Does that mean durability? Look at Hegner saws. My DeWalt only lasted twenty months before literally falling apart.

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#6 posted 01-23-2015 11:59 PM

Hegner #1, with Excalibur a good, solid #2. After that, “you pays your money and takes your chances” IMHO.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 01-24-2015 12:25 AM

Been scrolling for about 7 years now and have burnt through 3 saws. Two crapsmans nd a dewalt 788 type 2. This is only my opinion but it would be wise to determine what your expectations are. If its going to see occasionally a fretwork portrait with hundreds of cuts, the delta will probably be ok for ya. If your going to get into scrolling a lit more, yer going to want to spend some cash on one with a brushless motor and the Hegner and excalibers fit that. The excaliber ex16 might be one ya want to look at. It a vs saw and a good price. Pretty good warranty,too.

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#8 posted 01-24-2015 01:30 AM

RBI Hawks are sometimes seen on CL. Though RBI no longer makes them, another company has taken them up, and not only makes new models, but has parts for the old ones as well. They’re a highly regarded saw. Unlike the Dewalt, Delta 40-694, and Excalibur, they do not have the parallel link operating mechanism. I found a used 220VS one for $275 (used to sell at something over $1200 or so). The smoothness of operation is amazing.

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#9 posted 01-24-2015 03:26 AM

IMHO the Hegner is one of those at the top. CL is a good place to look for a used one..I got mine that way for $350.

Too many people buy a very expensive one and then find out they do not like scrolling. Bad for them and good for me.

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#10 posted 01-25-2015 07:03 PM

+1 Excalibur series (EX 16, 21, & 36). Research the brand as I did, and you’ll find it the right choice.

Check Youtube, Especially Sheila Landry (scrollgirl); she posts here on LJ nearly every day. She has lots to say about the line. She does suggest buying from Seyco; I DO NOT! I caution you because they are who I bought mine through. And while they were courteous and I recieved my saw promptly, the problem was there “credit system” charged my checking account THREE times for a total of $1,800! Luckily, after the second one, my bank froze the account. I think if I were allowed a do-over I’d go with Woodcraft. Same price.

I upgraded from the Hitachi CW 40 from Lowes. Had it about three years. Like night and day.

One definite piece of advice: Get a machine that is designed for only pinless blades. Why you may ask… Smaller entry holes, far more variety and styles of blades (I use Olsen brand). I feel there should be one more reason but I can’t think of one.

Good luck, Happy Scrolling

-- Randy in Crestview Florida, Wood Rocks!

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#11 posted 01-25-2015 07:15 PM

My DeWalt only lasted twenty months before literally falling apart.

Not all Dewalt saws are problematic. If you happen across a Dewalt DW788, check the ‘type’ number (on the motor).

If it is a type 1, it was made in Canada in the same plant that was manufacturing the Excalibur saws and unles sit has been abused will likely be a good find. The type 2 saws were manufactured in Asia and had some significant problems.

I have a DW788 (type 1) that I bought used off CL last year for $250 … it is a great saw.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#12 posted 01-25-2015 09:13 PM

Take a good hard look at the Hawk line. I recently picked up a 220 VS for $350 in excellent condition on ebay. No, the saw is no longer made, BUT, ALL parts for it are available, & the complete saw is manufactured right here in the United States. I upgraded from a CW – 40 that we bought new 10 yrs ago. The best saw I ever had, until I bought this Hawk. You won’t find a quieter, smoother runnin’ saw out there. It’s a simple machine, as well. It’s 10 steps above any deWalt or Hegner on the market.

-- Sawdust703

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#13 posted 01-25-2015 09:41 PM

Actually, I think the new owners of the Hawk, Bushton Mfg. are not only providing parts, but are making the saw again with some slight refinements to the design. The Bushton-Hawk tutorial on YouTube is well worth watching.

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#14 posted 01-25-2015 10:00 PM

Those top tier machines are nice, but if you have never used a scroll saw and just getting into it, it might be better to look for something a little less pricey until you determine if you like scrolling or not. Some pretty nice machines can be found used for very reasonable prices, and if you later determine it’s not for you, you can usually get your money back when you sell it to someone else. Buying new, you will lose money just walking out the door with it if you ever decide to sell.


-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#15 posted 01-25-2015 10:25 PM

Another way of looking at this (applies to all kinds of tools and machinery) is that a tool that performs poorly (i.e. an entry level or cheap one) may put you off that kind of tool altogether. You might end up thinking, “If this scroll saw or TS or whatever is such an annoying and unsatisfactory thing to use, I don’t understand how anyone can stand to use it.” I do suspect that a lot of would-be scrollers abandoned it after trying out such tools.

I think there are some mid-level scroll saws that would be at least suggestive of what scroll sawing can be (won’t try to name them, because I haven’t used them). This is also an argument for buying used. I paid $275 for my Hawk, which admittedly is quite a bit more than some entry level saws, but still cheap compared to some mid-level ones. I would never had bought it at its new price (but might eventually, now that I know how superior a top end one can be).

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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