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Default Best Scroll Saw-Easiest Blade Changing

Is the Dewalt still the best saw? Are there some obscure brands out there that I should know about? Hows the Porter Cable compare to the Dewalt?
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Default Excaliber Expensive

After seeing Whitewolf's suggestion I checked out the Excaliber saw...wow alot more money than the dewalt.
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Default Dewalt Model #788 for $300

I've seen a couple of folks talking about the Dewalt Scroll saw costing in the $300 neighborhood but I just see at $550 range. Are there two models?
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just like riding in a little car or ridding in a big car I have the hagner 18" It is a nice saw Cost more than some other's You get what you pay for If you aren't going to use dailey than the lower cost will get you buy The blades are what cut's Get the flying dutchman blades theiy are the best Here is the link Mike's Workshop selling Flying Dutchman brand fret and scrollsaw blades

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I wouldn't say, from what I have read, that Dewalt is the best but it is pretty darn good. There are others that should be worth the look as well as long as you have money to burn. I have had a PC for about two weeks now. It started out with all the bad things that I read in some of the reviews - blades hard to change, motor changes speed seemed to be up there with those having complaints. I don't cut a lot right now but usually get in one to two hours most days. the blades are getting easier with practice. I like being able to use both plane and pin blades. The motor is also running consistently now as well. I have had three saws before this, one of the first cheap Dremel, a low end 16" Craftsman and the 16" Craftsman Pro. Quite frankly, I like this one the best so far.The light and blower are both pluses. Vibration is minimal. It is also fairly quite. The vacuum I hook up to it makes more noise. So, after spending about $180, I can say I am very happy so far.
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Dewalt is one of the best in the $600 and under for what Ya get in the saw. Now there are some scroll saws that are waaay better but how many of us have $2 -3 thousand to spend on a scroll saw. It is hard to say what is better in the $100-$500 range I have seen a bunch of them and they all have shortcomings and alot of the reveiws are dead on

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I have to vote for the DeWalt as well. Love ours!

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I THINK THE DEWALT IS STILL THE BEST. I'AM USEING ONE MYSELF. I LIKE THE SCROLL SAW. I HAVE BEEN SCROLLING FOR ABOUT 3 YEARS NOW.
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I don't understand why this thread's heading is about "easiest blade changing" and nobody is talking about that.
IMHO, the blade holders are a critical part of the machine, yet, on the whole, they all stink!!! I've used Hegner's and I've used RBI's and I don't understand how or why they (or anybody) designs removable blade holders... whatever their benefits, they do NOT come under the heading of "easy blade changing". The DeWalt and the Excalibur both use a different method and they are identical to each other in principle... and neither one can reliably hold onto the blade... the blade holder design is such that only one half the tip of the holding screw is able to contact the blade to hold it, and they pivot such that the blade is held mostly at its back edge... the result is that there is very little holding the blade and it slips out way too easily (like squeezing a watermelon seed to make it shoot out from your fingertips). On the other hand, the DeWalt and Excalibur upper arm lifts up and the resultant top feeding you can do is an efficient way to work. Blade changing is easy, but what good is "easy" when it isn't reliable?
I don't want to drop names, but I had a long chat at the last Wisconsin picnic with Rick Hucheson, who has a very informative/authoritative website on scrollsaws and scrolling. We spoke at length on this subject. I asked for his 2-cents because he owns a ton of different saws... In the end, he prefers the Delta scroll saw because of its blade clamp. He does a LOT of scrolling, and he got to help Delta refine the blade clamp to get it right, but in spite of all the saws he owns, he said that is the one he uses routinely.

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Spence,
Glad to read of your conversation with Mr. Hucheson. It validates my experience, also. Although, I've only used a Craftsman, Delta and a DeWalt, I definitely prefer using the Delta.
It runs smoother than either of the other two, blade changes are simple and the clamps are secure. I've not found the lack of VS to be a detriment. The two speeds are adequate. I guess one could add a rheostat in line. The little motor (1/4hp?) provides ample power.

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