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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-07-2014, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
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My scroll saw is a delta with 16 inch throat. When I bought it a while back, I thought the blades were easy to attach, but with bifocals the connection under the table is a chore. Also the saw has terrible vibration. At first I thought the table was not level. then I remounted the saw with anti-vibration mat between the table and the saw. Wondering if the cast aluminum table being so light weight is part of the problem. I am wondering if the excaliber brand is worth the price. My father-in-law has a dewalt 20 inch throat and I think blade attachment is easier than with the delta.
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These problems seem to be common with the smaller and cheaper scroll saws. To have low vibration and easy blade changing you will need to buy a better scroll saw. Bolting your little saw to a big heavy piece of steel will dampen the vibration, but you will still have difficult blade changes to deal with. I have a Delta Q3 and a Dewalt DW788 Type 1 and both are mid priced 20" saws. Their cutting quality is very high and the vibration is very low. They are both variable speed and both are relatively easy to change the blades and set the blade tension, but I prefer the blade grips on the DeWalt. Porter Cable and Delta have recently come out with lower priced versions of the DeWalt DW788 saw, but I'm not convinced that they are of equal quality to the DeWalt. You do get what you pay for in a scroll saw.


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I'm not sure which model you have? Mine is a 40-540. I purchased it new and I've had it for several years. I found quite a lot of vibration in the unit and finally bolted it to a very heavy/solid bench. It's only 4 bolts so it's easy to take and move into storage when not in use. (in the pic you can see the 2 front bolts)

Blade changes are not it's strong suit either, but they get easier with practice.

I'm sure there are better units, but the Delta fits my budget.
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Yea, I'm disappointed in my new Porter Cable as well. I had a Hitachi before this one, and although I paid about the same for them, the Hitachi (being about 10 years old) was of much better quality. I used my Porter Cable, for the first time, a few nights ago and broke 2 blades cutting 3/8 thick ceder fence boards. Lot of vibration as well too. Just all around cheaply made.
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For a person on a limited budget the DW788 is the only way to go if you want quality work. My first saw was a Delta it was a great learning saw but then came the Dewalt DW788 For us little guys on a limited budget Dewalt has the answer. Thanks
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-11-2014, 12:21 AM Thread Starter
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thanks all, for the replies. I have my scroll saw mounted with bolts with thick rubber mat between table and saw. It is a better saw having variable speed, than the hand-me-down craftsman
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I've had several thru the years and a Dremel was my fav. when it came to changing blades. I won't own anything w/ Delta on it again. I'm using a Tradesman now, but, will move on to something else when I replace it. Jim
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