Scroll Saw Tip: Choosing A Saw

Posted by Jeremy Walls | Labels: | Posted On Wednesday, February 09, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Saws can range in price from $100 to $1300. But which one is best? Views on which saw gives you the most bang for your buck vary. On a personal account, I had the Craftsman 18" Scroll Saw and after only a year and a half of use, it broke. It was not under warranty and when I called them, they said simply that I should have bought the extended warranty. If the product is good, I shouldn't need one. Well anyways my neighbor also bought this saw and had to replace it three times within two years. Neither one of us used our saws extensively. I do not recommend this saw. I just bought the DeWalt scroll saw and received it yesterday. So far all is well. This saw is quite expensive though. It cost $499.99 with the stand and light. I have heard the Delta is the same saw, down to the bolt. Black and Decker owns Delta and DeWalt, and apparrently they just switched the saw so Delta would make it instead of DeWalt. The Delta saw costs less than the DeWalt, so you might want to check that out. If you really want to go all out, the Excalibur is a great saw. The arm tilts instead of the table, to allow for better cutting control. The 21" Excalibur saw retails at around $700. Overall I would say the Delta or DeWalt saws are your best bet. They are cheaper and have a quick tension lever and a lifting arm to allow for easy blade change.

Many saws have different cutting styles as well. To look into this further check out:
http://www.scrollsaws.com --Go under the "Choosing a Saw" link and the "Types of Saws" link to get more information. On the site, there are more saw reviews and it explains the multiple types of cutting styles

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