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A necessary move in the past was to sell my Delta scroll saw due to lack of shop space. It was a needed decision at that time and the tool was really very heavy and large for my needs and condition of having to move it around. Even though I have a top of the line bandsaw, I am seeing some advantages in having a scroll saw around for template making and other light duty center cuts into wood stock.

Giving serious thoughts lately to getting another SS for the shop, but have no intentions of getting into heavy scrolling. Just making those inside cuts and a few templates along the way will be it's total purpose and I therefore do not wish to drop a fortune into one. I am and will continue to keep an eye on the used market and yard sales, but was curious what SS everyone had in their shops. I had to go get some timber at the borg today and glanced at a Ryobi SS they had on display for $114. Does anyone have any comments on it or maybe even the Dremel brand for my intended use? Size and weight are a factor in addition to price. I need to be able to store and lift it as easily as possible.

Thanks for any advice or opinions you can to throw my way.
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Hi Bob,

Shipping may be an issue with you, (price wise), on this one but, might be what you're looking for.

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Ken,

Thanks for the link, I did not even think of Grizzly. The price looks good and the shipping is not bad at all. I think I could handle 35lb pretty good, hmmmm......... this may be just what I was looking for. Do you or anyone else know anything more about this model? Is it any good? I'll go see if I can find a review somewhere on it.
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Bob, I have the Hitachi CW40 from Lowe's. It comes with a stand and only cost $169. I put wheels on the rear legs to accomplish two things. One was to make it easier to move around by simply picking up the front of the machine and second, with the wheels on the rear it lifted the back, placing the table on a forward slant, making it easier on your back to use.
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HI Bob

So many to select from ,they all do about the same thing,move the blade up and down

All I can say is what I did when I got my new one..
I wanted one that didn't rattle the windows when it was running.
A quick change blade,I mean a quick change without any tools.
One that could hold the stock down and would not let the stock jump like a jumping bean..and the dust blower did what it was made to do.
One that could take on the thick stock and well with the thin stock and track true..that's say blade guides..
The big thing for me was I wanted to hear that blade "ping" when I ticked it with my finger nail..the blades do hot and do get a bit longer..and drift off to one side.they must say in tight ..with the right load.

If you are looking at the Ryobi, it's looks like it may fit the bill..but it would be nice to put your hands on one and hear it run,play with it thing..it would be nice if you take a block of wood with you in your pocket and see if they would let you run it in the saw..


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A necessary move in the past was to sell my Delta scroll saw due to lack of shop space. It was a needed decision at that time and the tool was really very heavy and large for my needs and condition of having to move it around. Even though I have a top of the line bandsaw, I am seeing some advantages in having a scroll saw around for template making and other light duty center cuts into wood stock.

Giving serious thoughts lately to getting another SS for the shop, but have no intentions of getting into heavy scrolling. Just making those inside cuts and a few templates along the way will be it's total purpose and I therefore do not wish to drop a fortune into one. I am and will continue to keep an eye on the used market and yard sales, but was curious what SS everyone had in their shops. I had to go get some timber at the borg today and glanced at a Ryobi SS they had on display for $114. Does anyone have any comments on it or maybe even the Dremel brand for my intended use? Size and weight are a factor in addition to price. I need to be able to store and lift it as easily as possible.

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Bob, I have the Hitachi CW40 from Lowe's. It comes with a stand and only cost $169. I put wheels on the rear legs to accomplish two things. One was to make it easier to move around by simply picking up the front of the machine and second, with the wheels on the rear it lifted the back, placing the table on a forward slant, making it easier on your back to use.

how is that guy? I have seen it while prowling Lowes and have wondered.
I am also considering the Dremel brand.. its 18" depth might be nice to have occasionally for a few deep cuts in a few projects I have upcoming.

That said, I found a reconditioned 20" DeWalt for around 300 which is also tempting.
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Get the DeWalt for 300.00 you will not regret it.

I tried two craftsman, and two differnt Dremel, but never could really make very good cuts on a scroll saw.

I thought it was me, it wasn't. The DeWalt made all the difference in the world to me.

I think many books for serious scrollers suggest the DeWalt as the minimum saw to start and than proceed to name scroll saws up to 3000.00!!!!

I could only imagine a scroll saw like an Excalibur would be a dream. For now I think the DeWalt will serve me well. I think Excalibur or another big company designed the DeWalt.

I have two Delta scroll saws only used for a week or two. If you want to pay shipping I'll send one to you. Not very good but it does work and a newer model not like a 40 year old saw or anything. I just did not like it much. I'll post a picture.

I have a few tools I am going to give away in the next few weeks, maybe I'll start a new thread for that.

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Hi Nick,I sent you a PM about the scroll saw.
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Get the DeWalt for 300.00 you will not regret it.

I tried two craftsman, and two differnt Dremel, but never could really make very good cuts on a scroll saw.

I thought it was me, it wasn't. The DeWalt made all the difference in the world to me.

I think many books for serious scrollers suggest the DeWalt as the minimum saw to start and than proceed to name scroll saws up to 3000.00!!!!

I could only imagine a scroll saw like an Excalibur would be a dream. For now I think the DeWalt will serve me well. I think Excalibur or another big company designed the DeWalt.

I have two Delta scroll saws only used for a week or two. If you want to pay shipping I'll send one to you. Not very good but it does work and a newer model not like a 40 year old saw or anything. I just did not like it much. I'll post a picture.

I have a few tools I am going to give away in the next few weeks, maybe I'll start a new thread for that.

Rather generous offer there!

I have briefly messed with the dewalt at Rockler a while back, and it seemed pretty fluid. If the saw is still available when I am to that point of picking one up, I will certainly pick it up. Right now however, I am replacing all my hand-me-down power tools that I have acquired from friends and relatives. Shoot, my air powered sander and my jigsaw BOTH decided to retire themselves this week alone.
Fortunately for me, I found a deal at the BORG today with both a nice saw and palm sander for 80 bucks, just minus cases.
Next up, a RO sander and hopefully a replacement to my POS bandsaw.


3G's for a scroll saw? Forget that business! At that price, a guy is starting to get into CnC territory. Hell, a guy could outfit a pretty respectable shop for 3 grand. Well, at least pick up an awesome assortment of hand power tools.
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