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Forum topic by Abbott posted 06-12-2009 04:40 AM 1106 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Abbott

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06-12-2009 04:40 AM

Topic tags/keywords: scroll saw

I am starting to look around for a new Scroll Saw. I don’t use one to much but my wife has expressed an interest in using one and I like the idea of having another one around the shop. We don’t need anything to expensive and it doesn’t have to be A1 shop grade but a professional model, not a hobbyists tool.

My next biggest requirement is it has to run (at least) semi-quietly. The Craftsman models I have looked at and listened to, especially the 18” model was way to loud to be enjoyable for me to use. The Hitachi Scroll Saw looks like a good one but I haven’t heard it run yet and I also plan to see what Rigid has to offer. Delta also comes to mind. Harbor Freight makes a model that sells cheap at around $80.00. I think $200.00 would be my upper limit as the Hitachi model sells for about $180.00 and looks to be a high quality tool. I also would like the saw to accept both normal and round blades.

Please post your opinions and experiences.

Thank you.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣


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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 06-12-2009 04:44 AM

Craigslist is full of deals on tools lately.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 06-12-2009 04:47 AM

Yes, I watch the list daily. I just drove 50 miles one way to look at one that you could hear run from a block away! I am hoping to hear of a few quiet models folks around here have some experience with. My old Ryobi is ready for the scrap heap.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#3 posted 06-12-2009 04:55 AM

I have never really thought of the noise level of my scroll saws before this post, but I have all of them sit on top of a rubber mat from a conveyor belt. None of them make much noise. My shop is in my home upstairs in the attic. My home is EXTREMELY small, less than 800 square feet and right below the shop is the living room and we don’t have to turn up the T.V. or anything due to the noise. I hope this helps.
My first scroll saw I ever got was that Harbor Freight one and I LOVED it. If you are new to scrolling I think this is a great beginner saw. It takes both kinds of blades. Harbor Freight has an EXCELLENT return policy along with help for parts. I dealt with them A lot when I first got that saw as I did not know what I was really doing. Screwed up a couple things also. They always took back the parts I messed up no questions asked.The Craftsman you are talking about is probably the one I have. I paid about $180.00 new. I am using that now. It takes both kinds of blades.I have a Rigid that I do not care for. And my Delta and my Dremel scroll saw only takes pinless blades.
But as far as noise I believe it has a lot to do with what you have it setting on.

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#4 posted 06-12-2009 05:05 AM

Hey Abbott
I think allision has some good advise. I have a student that bought a dremel on sale for $89.00 that used both blades and she loves it’.

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#5 posted 06-12-2009 05:07 AM

expense wise, this is probably not what you are asking for. I just purchased a Jet band saw and I really like how it operates. The jet is nice and quiet, smooth and no vibration in the table. One thing good about this saw is the fly wheel, heavy and balanced. I paid around $800 for mine. I know you can pick up a jet, new at about $450.00. you might be able to pick An used one for less.

Mark, Ohio

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#6 posted 06-12-2009 05:12 AM

Allison, is there any advantage to either kind of blade?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 06-12-2009 05:13 AM

Hi Jim. Yes, I agree that Allison knows whats what when it comes to Scroll Saws. I already sent her a PM.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#8 posted 06-12-2009 05:17 AM

Abbott,
I do not know if your local Lowe’s is doing this….but mine is slowly down sizing their delta line of tools. I picked up a very nice delta scroll saw for $150 with a stand. Might be worth checking out.

-- Don S.E. OK

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