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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-03-2019, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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I don't usually spend this amount of money. I just found a better deal . It's RBI 226 ultra Hawk. scroll saw. Is this one of the best scroll saw 1997? Talk to the guy been on craigslist for over a month. Wants $450 new about $1200. Anyone have this saw?
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I don’t have that specific saw but I do have an RBI Hawk 22” scrollsaw I bought about 30 years ago. It works great and I love it. The RBI scrollsaw has gotten very expensive. I paid about $500 new. I know other members on this forum recommend the DEWALT Scroll-saw. It’s price is about the same new as the used RBI.
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If I were getting one in that price range, it would likely be the DeWalt. I am not very mechanically inclined and used tools sometimes take a lot of tweaking. That's my view. When I looked up reviews, I ran across this from the Wood website. I think it says it all:

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Simply one of the best there is in the scroll saw world.
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I've owned one of these for a few years and they are simply the best saw on the market and are very durable. They are made to last a lifetime. They are expertly crafted and cut like butter.You can make really wide cuts with these due to the very deep throats they have. But to be honest they are pretty pricey and are mainly used by people in the craft business who use them every day , all day long.


It's a real toss up. If it's working well, doesn't vibrate much and you can drive and check it out and transport it back home yourself, I think the Hawk would be a good buy. Shipping a bare tool without all the necessary packaging could result in damage. Stuff gets slammed around in shipping. Time for a road trip?

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I've never used one but it does look well made. I like the looks of the blower pump. One advantage of the DeWalt is that only the end portion of the arms pivot - reducing vibration. I first saw that on an Excalibur, which I believe is a highly rated saw.
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Tom its about an 1 1/2 hrs. to pickup. He sounds like he might come down hasn't had much interest. Can't go until next Saturday.
These saws are industrial grade saws.
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Sure sounds like a good deal. Did you mean Saturday the 6th? Worth driving in the evening to me. Someone else might snap it up if you have to wait 9 days. In California, especially out here in the desert, a 90 minute drive is nothing. We just get in the car and go.

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The guys selling it for his brother that moved away. He is not in a hurry.
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Great saw, offer him less. They have been going cheaper than that used lately.

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Some people love RBI saws, and some, like me, don't care for them. To me, they look like a home shop made prototype and not the finished production model. I also don't like the rear blade tension adjustment, and the long distance of the arms between their rear bearing points and the blade. With this distance, any wear in these pivot bearings at all results in unstable blade position side to side. These are all my personal opinions. I have used several RBI saws, now made by Bushton, that friends have, and have developed my opinions from this experience.

I mostly use my DeWalt Type 1 that I have kind of super tuned to get the accuracy that I need to make the tiny reindeer and jewelry that I like to make. I have now gone through my DeWalt two times, replacing bearings and adjusting it to keep it in top running condition. I'll likely keep doing this every few years until something breaks on it that I can't fix. One of the new Seyco, Jet, Excalibur saws would be an upgrade for me, but until I'm forced to upgrade because of the death of my DeWalt I will likely not spend the money for one. Even then, I will likely try to find a used one, or another DeWalt and tune it up.

Scroll sawing isn't something that everyone enjoys, and many buy these saws with no prior experience using one. It gets an hour or two of use and then collects dust for several years before going on Craigslist or to the pawn shop. One of these better brand saws used, picked up from one of these sources, is where I would look if my DeWalt became un-repairable. There is a Delta saw that's similar to the DeWalt saw that I have. I have not included it in my list above because I'm not at all pleased with the new Delta woodworking tool company. The name goes on, but not the quality or service that once existed for Delta Tools.

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Blade tension release is in the front on this model Charley.
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