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Buying advice

Buying advice

  1. Vibration and noise. A machine that runs smoothly helps you do better work and makes it easier to work for long stretches. Test variable-speed models at the same speed.
  2. Location of the controls. You'll use the on/off switch and the tension control a lot. Are they in convenient and safe spots?
  3. Blade-changing. Different manufacturers have developed very different systems. Change the blade a couple of times to get a feel for it, and decide which system works best for youu.
  4. The blower. Does it truly get the dust out of your way? Look for a good-sized bellows and a nozzle that you can position as needed.
  5. Cutting action. You'll find three arm types: C-arm, pararllel arm, and parellel-link. Rick prefers the C-arm for its aggressive cutting action, but a casual user won't be as concerned with speed.


Comments (8)
glued2 wrote:

Regarding scroll saws, I want to point out that only "special" projects require a machine with a throat capacity larger than 16". So larger machines may be nice for some reasons or other reasons, but it is not like choosing a larger size capacity is going to drastically change what you can do on the scroll saw.

9/18/2014 03:52:07 PM Report Abuse
glued2 wrote:

There are also books on the different areas of scrolling, some with a lot of instructions and patterns, some with mostly patterns. Some books are about methods like fretwork, intarsia, segmentation, boxmaking, vase and bowl making, and more. Others focus on toys or puzzles or cars or holiday patterns, and more.

9/18/2014 03:48:28 PM Report Abuse
glued2 wrote:

I always advise beginners to use their local library system to find books on the different scrolling techniques. Look for one of the "workbooks" that are intended to give scrolling exercises for various skills needed. You end up with a variety of simple projects. A few books are general books about saws and blades and their features and they have chapters that focus on the various types of projects done on scroll saws, in general.

9/18/2014 03:38:52 PM Report Abuse
fasfixit4u wrote:

I've had at least four machines in my time. But I've found that the most high priced machines are not alwasy the best, I've had a few as I said, but the best machine I've ever owned is a old craftsman 16" w/ 2" cut. and trust me I've had the high priced machine. ( my wife still reminds me all the time ) but the best machine is the one you feel good with.

5/13/2010 10:46:17 AM Report Abuse
denis_muras wrote:

What I suggest to people who ask, start with the medium priced saws. A number of my scrollsaw friends and I started with the low-end saws and were frustrated more that hooked. Even a minor upgrade to a better saw and blades changed our scrollsaw session from frustration to enjoyment.

5/13/2010 10:37:54 AM Report Abuse
rodneye wrote:

My advice to beginners is to "TAKE YOUR TIME" !! Start out with an affordable machine, then, if you're hooked, after a while move up to a nicer more precise machine !

2/20/2010 08:57:55 PM Report Abuse
217green wrote:

The advice is great, however, what scroll saws would you look at.

2/20/2010 11:46:38 AM Report Abuse
philmariotti1 wrote:

As a beginner with a scroll saw, any advice is good to have. Thank you.

2/18/2010 04:04:36 PM Report Abuse

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