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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-22-2014, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Shopping for a scroll saw. Saw a Dewalt and an Excalibur scroll saw. Besides the differences in tilting is there any difference?

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I can not tell you the difference. BUT if scroll saw is your thing, buy a good one. I have a cheapy that I hate, do not waste the money on a cheapy. Save a little longer and get a good one.
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Hi Bill,

I have both, a DeWalt 788 & EX21, they are both good saws. I have had some minor problems with the BIG YELLOW, but there is plenty of information on you tube about the fixes. I have also had vibration problems with EX21 since the day it was delivered, tried for a long time to fix it but the only answer was an unopened bag of play sand across the bottom of the stand. That is not what I expected from what was hailed as a premium tool. If you can find a first generation DeWalt (made in Canada) at a reasonable price, I would go for it. If you decide to go new, you can't go wrong with either of the saws you are looking at, as far as performance.

The DeWalt will save you some money. Oh, don't waste your money on the factory light that can be attached to the saw, there are many other better ones out there.

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I have the Dewalt. I saw it at a demo prior to them being released to the public. I'm not sure about other brands, but the Dewalt only the end of the arm moves. My wife tried some of the other brands and she couldn't stand the entire arm moving. I love mine. As others have pointed out, don't buy a cheap one. You'll regret it. Malcolm / Kentucky USA
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The Delta 40-694 is a parallel link design like the Dewalt 788 and the Ex21. I was told that Dewalt got permission to copy the Ex design. I was also told that Delta was bought from B&D by offshore company. The sale included the parrallel link design

The Delta upper arm lifts and LOCKS an issue I read on the Dewalt needing an after market part to correct.

Anyone own the Delta care to share?

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Both have excellent reputations. I've looked at the DeWalt 20 inch and the build looks good. Amazon buyers rated it at 4.3 stars. The 16 inch Excaliber rated 4.5 stars, but far fewer reviews. Popular mechanics review saws and said about the DeWalt:
DeWalt DW788:
With a street price of about $400, this 20-in. saw is, admittedly, out of the market niche of the 16-in. models. Regardless of whether you need the extra capacity, this is a saw to consider if you demand quiet, smooth operation. It's clearly the Cadillac of our group.

In addition to the ultrasmooth parallel-link drive system, the DW788 boasts several sensible improvements up front. The broad On/Off rocker switch directly above the blade is easy to reach and throw. And right below it is a unique tensioning mechanism that's effortless to set. Best of all is the pivoting upper-arm assembly. For starting internal cuts, the upper arm can be lifted up after the upper blade clamp is released. This makes it easier to feed the blade through a hole in the work, and also maintains the holddown position from one internal cut to the next.

Although the heavy cast-iron table tilts left and right, we didn't like the fact that the lower blade-clamp thumbscrew had to be moved to the up-tilting side of the table so there would be adequate clearance underneath. The holddown is too large for fine work, and it requires an Allen wrench for bevel adjustment.

The rest of the comparisons in Popular Mechanics were for smaller machines. But the said if you can afford it, the Dewalt is the clear winner. Have not found much on the 1 inch Excaliber, but it is about $300 more on Amazon than the Dewalt, so to me it has to be a lot better than DeWalt to justify the difference. I did find a thorough test of the 21 inch on this blog My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #313: My New Excalibur EX21 Scroll Saw! - by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) @ ~ woodworking community .

If it were me, I think I'd go for the DeWalt, and I'd probably buy it locally through a big box store so I could return it easily if there was a problem. Just my thinking on this. I don't own a scroll saw BTW, but you got me checking them out again because they are pretty fascinating. Hope this was helpful.
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I've got the 1st gen DW788 and love it. For years I used a Delta 15" single speed and did a lot with it but jumping to the Dewalt was like nirvana!
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I have both a Delta Q3 and a DeWalt 788. Don't buy the $100-175 saws. You will not be happy. They are not balanced well and vibrate excessively when trying to use them. Save your money and get a little bit better saw. You will thank me when you do. You can spend much more than the cost of a DW 788 and you will get a larger saw with more features, but you won't find one that cuts better. Spending less money will get you a saw with all kinds of user problems ranging from difficult to use blade clamps to bad vibration.


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