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post #11 of 33 (permalink) Old 12-26-2016, 09:07 AM
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Why not just get a good scroll saw? It will do what the band saw does only better. I do up to1 /2" wood on mine but I don't have a need to cut wood that thick very often. If I know that I will be doing a lot of tight cutting I put the Carter on the 14" Rikon. Other than that I use the scroll saw for just about any tight cutting.
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Why not just get a good scroll saw? It will do what the band saw does only better. I do up to1 /2" wood on mine but I don't have a need to cut wood that thick very often. If I know that I will be doing a lot of tight cutting I put the Carter on the 14" Rikon. Other than that I use the scroll saw for just about any tight cutting.
It's been my experience that scroll saws are slower than band saws. Anybody else have an opinion on this? Maybe I've just been doing it wrong, I have a Hawk 26".
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It's been my experience that scroll saws are slower than band saws. Anybody else have an opinion on this? Maybe I've just been doing it wrong, I have a Hawk 26".

Using a scroll saw was my thinking some back and I expressed it n the forum. To my great surprise, Herb stepped up and "gave" me a beautiful Hagner Scroll Saw. I then found that what said about the scroll saw being very slow is indeed an issue. I came to the conclusion that scroll saws are made for scrolling and band saws are not designed for scrolling.

Thanks again Herb for your kindness toward me. Right now it appears that my niece in Alaska has really taken to scrolling at school and so I think that I will loan the saw to her, loan , not give by the way.

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It's been my experience that scroll saws are slower than band saws. Anybody else have an opinion on this? Maybe I've just been doing it wrong, I have a Hawk 26".
My experience is identical to yours Jack, so much so that after several years collecting dust, I sold the scroll saw. Being at times rather lazy, Jerry's idea of two band saws appeals to me, but unfortunately I don't have the space that Jerry has.
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I have looked at scroll saws several times, but then I think about what you use it for and, really, I don't need one and would probably watch it gather dust while I regretted spending the money on a good one. The good ones are NOT cheap. @harrysin the 10 inch Rikon/WEN I got sits on a very small footprint stand, that is pushed against a wall, out of the way. For what I use it for, it is really convenient and worth the 1.5 sqft of floor space it occupies. I'm thinking of getting the blade guide for it from Carter, but not quite yet. The cabinet underneath stores lots of stuff. Sounds like you're feeling better and maybe back in the shop now and again. At any rate, I'm glad you're still around, you add a lot to the Forum.

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I have looked at scroll saws several times, but then I think about what you use it for and, really, I don't need one and would probably watch it gather dust while I regretted spending the money on a good one. The good ones are NOT cheap. @harrysin the 10 inch Rikon/WEN I got sits on a very small footprint stand, that is pushed against a wall, out of the way. For what I use it for, it is really convenient and worth the 1.5 sqft of floor space it occupies. I'm thinking of getting the blade guide for it from Carter, but not quite yet. The cabinet underneath stores lots of stuff. Sounds like you're feeling better and maybe back in the shop now and again. At any rate, I'm glad you're still around, you add a lot to the Forum.
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Thank you for the very kind words and encouragement. The members of this forum have, like yourself, been of great help to me during my recovery time. I really have appreciated all of the encouragement.

The only negative thing that I can say about the forum is that it sure has cost me a lot of money. I seem to constantly be hearing about a tool that I didn't know existed before and after reading about it, just can't seem to live without it.

The term "Tool Junky" is often used on the forum and I have to admit that I certainly do fall into that category, but I'm not complaining. Any hobby costs money and in truth woodworking is not nearly expensive as lots of other endeavors.
Fortunately I have plenty of room for the tools and materials which is something that I am grateful for.

And yes, I'm planning ordering the Rikon 10" BS along with a Carter Stabilizer shortly after the first of the year. I have been waiting for the cotton crop to be harvested to get an idea of what the coming year is going to look like and am happy to say that we had an excellent crop, 33 modules off of 300 plus acres. A module is from ten to 11 bales and each bale weights just short of 500 lbs. That's a lot of cotton, near 85 tons.

Intil I moved to Texas, I did not understand the value of cotton, without it we, as a country, could not mobilize an army as cotton is an extremely important part of what is needed for so many things in fighting a war. We need to be "cotton indepentand" for that reason.

I'm rambling again so will close for now, but again thank you for making feel good about being part of the forum.

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Speak of the devil and what should appear? Why, that little Rikon 10 inch saw just went on sale at Woodcraft. $60 off for a price of $220! This is an excellent little saw for anyone who wants to keep a saw for smaller blades instead of having to change blades on a bigger unit. You won't be able to do much resawing on it, but there are always lots of little cutoff jobs or cutting band saw boxes and such, and this little Rikon will do that just fine. Add the Carter blade stabilizer gude ($80) and you still spent less than the Amazon price. You'll like this far more than the cheapie 8 and 9 inch toys.

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[QUOTE=Jerry Bowen;1412634...The only negative thing that I can say about the forum is that it sure has cost me a lot of money. I seem to constantly be hearing about a tool that I didn't know existed before and after reading about it, just can't seem to live without it.

The term "Tool Junky" is often used on the forum and I have to admit that I certainly do fall into that category...Fortunately I have plenty of room for the tools and materials which is something that I am grateful for.

And yes, I'm planning ordering the Rikon 10" BS along with a Carter Stabilizer shortly after the first of the year. Jerry[/QUOTE]

I have the same problem. I am basically making picture frames lately, but my shop looks like I make all kinds of stuff all the time. Glad I could share the sale price for the little Rikon. Sale price is good til Jan. 26th, 2017. Thanks for your kind words. I like the way people treat each other on the Forum. Tom

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I have the same problem. I am basically making picture frames lately, but my shop looks like I make all kinds of stuff all the time. Glad I could share the sale price for the little Rikon. Sale price is good til Jan. 26th, 2017. Thanks for your kind words. I like the way people treat each other on the Forum. Tom
I know that I'm going to sound like I'm wishy washy when I say this, but after posting my last post about the Rikon saw, I told me wife that I was going to buy the saw and she told me that she thought that I should wait until I'm actually feeling well enough to spend more time in the shop. In other words, she is not certain yet that I'm ever going to recover enough to spend time in the shop. She may have point, I went out and worked on the cedar chest project for about an hour this afternoon and came back to the house completely exhausted.

Now I'm starting to wonder if I might have a problem with the 4 5/8" limitation of the Rikon saw and that in the long run I'd be happier with a 14" Grizzly. Fortunately it doesn't cost money to think and ponder a decision.

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Now I'm starting to wonder if I might have a problem with the 4 5/8" limitation of the Rikon saw and that in the long run I'd be happier with a 14" Grizzly. Fortunately it doesn't cost money to think and ponder a decision.

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Just looked at the specs again the 14" Grizz and "duh" , realized that it only offers
1 3/8" more cutting height than the Rikon, hardly worth the extra money if that only issue has to do with the cutting height, ummmmm, more pondering.

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