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Blog entry by woodcraftertom posted 06-05-2011 09:11 PM 869 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know this will bring some response but I kept quiet long enough. Recently there has been many reviews in the way of complaints about Dewalt Scroll saws. I don’t disagree that maybe some have had a problem or two with them but lets be fair they are not terrible pieces of equipment. I for one will not jump on the negative bandwagon. I teach scroll sawing at Woodcraft in Harrisburg and use Dewalts and am the proud owner of one myself. I can point out some things about the Excalibur but those are personal dislikes and I will not try to influence others by my likes and dislikes. For all those out there who dislike the Dewalt and claim it is inferior to other machines and want to dispose of them let me know and I will gladly take them and turn them into learning machines for classes.
As for mine I will keep “ol yeller” and you will have to pry it from my cold hard fingers !!!!!!



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rance

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#1 posted 06-05-2011 09:20 PM

I too find it interesting that someone would make a side by side comparison of two machines that are clearly not in the same category. I would suspect they have an agenda or they are not the ones paying for the machine.

I would dearly love to have an ‘Old Yeller’. I’ve used them many times in the classroom but just can’t justify it right now.

Rance (also an instructor at WC)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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woodcraftertom

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#2 posted 06-05-2011 09:43 PM

I am glad to meet you Rance and hear your opinion . Maybe one of these folks who are ready to throw old yeller on the scrap pile will be kind enough to donate it to you instead !!!!!

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rance

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#3 posted 06-05-2011 10:02 PM

Hey, it could happen! :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#4 posted 06-05-2011 11:01 PM

I gave up on DeWalt hand tools years ago, Battery failure, chuck failure, bad switches and on and on. They seem to die just as the warranty expires. My old DeWalts are in the land fill.

-- TheOldTimer,Chandler Arizona

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rance

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#5 posted 06-05-2011 11:17 PM

Which landfill is your old DeWalt scrollsaw in? I would like it. :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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TheOldTimer

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#6 posted 06-05-2011 11:37 PM

I guess that I should clarify that all my bad experience with Dewalt has been with battery operated tools. Yes, I have and still use my scrollsaw and my DW734 planer which I purchased many years ago still preforms like a champ. I had two RO sanders that are in the Chandler AZ land fill along with the battery operated drills. I do not want to slam DeWalt but I did not have any luck with there sanders or battery operated drills. I will open up a real bag of warms in saying that I replaced all my RO sanders and battery operated drills with the black and green tools beginning with F and ending in L.

-- TheOldTimer,Chandler Arizona

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#7 posted 06-06-2011 12:17 AM

I hear the same comments on HF. I’m 61 years young and I face facts. I don’t have a lot of time left to wear out tools. Some tools warrant buying a good brand name. Others, not so much. Everyone should take a persons reviews with a grain of salt and an open mind. Stop and read and look at what that person is saying. Most times I don’t use that tool that hard so it doesn’t pertain to me. So read and understand what a person is saying.

-- Gerald, Illinois

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#8 posted 06-06-2011 12:30 AM

Hi I just bought my first dewalt scrool saw and i read alot about them before I bought one and the dewalt sounded the best for the money they ones that cost more are way up there. I have a hitachi and I wanted a better one but after getting the dewalt I am back to using the old one the dewalts blade have way too much front to back movement at least a sixteenth of a inch I do fret stuff and I cant get around a corner without it getting chewed up and looks terrible. I never heard one thing about this problem until I got and posted the problem no help at all from the company the guy I talked to didnt know what a scrool saw was he thot it was a cut off saw. I took it in to the dewalt repair shop he hadnt heard of or saw the problem before and had no idea how to fix it so I have a elec boat anchor wish it could pull me fishing so i could get some use out of it. Hope this post saves the next person some money by not getting one. The blanchard grind on the table is terrible too sure not as good as the hatachi. Well good luck to ole yeller hope nobody shoots him but maybe he needs put out of his misery. thks for listening.

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