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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-19-2013, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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Hey everyone,

I'm looking around at used scroll saws, because I'm interested in trying it out.
This may be a broad question, but does anyone have any comments about Ryobi, Craftsman or Delta scroll saws? I'm not sure about which type of each they are though.

Sorry for the lack of information
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http://www.conestogac.on.ca/about/fa...tConestoga.pdf

Which program are you taking?

What scroll saws does College have?

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I'm in second year of Architectural Millwork. They stopped offering that program after i started so it wont be on the website.
I'm currently out of school till April for co-op work term and starting to build up a collection of machines.
So i was looking at used scrolls saw online.
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What scroll saws does College have?
What scroll saws or are there none?

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There probably is one at the school somewhere, but no one has ever used it.
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I have a big delta (20 year old or so) that I like because its a beefy machine that has little vibration and a large table. Mass,table size, quick blade change and variable speed is what you want.

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I ask about the scroll saws because I'm interested in why you choose that tool to go after.

Why not a planer, jointer or drill press?

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If you want to do serious work on a scroll-saw, you should make sure that it can take pinless blades, and that it has a fast method of releasing and attaching blades. I have been scroll-sawing for 15 years, and come across so many enthusiastic hobbyists who buy the cheapest saw, with a cumbersome method of releasing and attaching the blade, and then reach a dead-end in their capability.
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If you are looking for used, set your aim a bit higher. There are many in the below $200 range, then a jump to the DW788 or the similar Delta saw around $500 new. Then Hegner etc much higher. I have read of many who have found some great deals on Craig's list.

AS STATED... DEFINITELY GET SAW THAT TAKES PINLESS BLADES! Then go to Mikes Workshop and get FD blades.

On the entry level some have liked PC. my first saw was a entry level Delta. Was okay except for vibration and iffy blade clamps.

Last year I upgraded to a new DW788, and love it!

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I've got a Craftsman 16" variable speed scroll saw that I got new I guess well over 10 years or more ago. Still works just fine.

I've been pondering getting another saw, to use in my spare room. I'd been looking at used saws, but most of them must be gold plated, judging by the prices asked. Then decided to get a new one from Harbor Freight, for about $70. I've compared that one to big name saws, and apparently it holds up as well as them, plus HF has a great return policy. Don't know if you could get one in your part of the world or not.
I've put off buying it, because other considerations/issues have come up.

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