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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-06-2019, 11:19 PM
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Scroll sawing isn't something that everyone enjoys, and many buy these saws with no prior experience using one.
Damn computer just wiped out all I had written. My first was an el cheapo model, even new, with a stamped steel table. Got rid of it real fast. Got a new Craftsman, on sale and marked WAY down, aluminum tavle, variable speed. Still got it, still use it. I only use it for rough cutting out my designs, as close to the line as I can reasonably get, then sand to the line. Just use the coarsest blades I can find, for fast cutting. Got it around 1997/8. May not be accurate enought for most/all of you, but for me it works just fine, don't need a saw more accurate, especially don't need more expensive. For me, the price is dependent on what you want the saw for, delicate, fancy, work, you need a more pricey saw. For me, just cutting out designs, as long as it runs, basically it is good enough.
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I have the RBI 220VS which is the saw you are looking to buy. It is good and the price is fair. I too do not like the blade tensioning lever at the back it just seems a little hokey to leave the cam lever at different angles to get the desired tension.
Arthritis in my hands has diminished my strength so when inserting blades I have two different size Alan wrenches to do the job. Now, instead of having a hard time fastening the blade strongly enough I have to be careful not to over tighten. The manual for the saw is available on line.
I bought mine used and the table has been a little chewed up by the blade and replacement tables are no longer available. I like Flying Dutchman blades.
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John you are incorrect about 226vs tension release is on the front to change the blade . The adjustment is in the back but to change the blade there is a release in the front. My problem no time to go down and check the saw out. My wife is doing chemo. She has another 6 weeks. My wife works for a nursing home and they short staffed and I volunteer their. The tension release on the front I 'am interested. May be this Saturday.
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I finally made my 3 hr craigs list trip for my saw. Scroll saw I think a good buy at $300. I'll post a picture it is a rugged and powerful saw. It looks like new. The legs on the saw very tall . Which is something I don't like abut the saw. I got a bunch of patterns for clock builds and other things. New forums to read joined scroll saw village .

Seems to have nice group people reminds me of this forum. Looks like top is aluminum going to need a lot of rubbing compound , and wax.
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Here is a picture of new saw. This saw has a throat of 26 inches
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