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I have been looking to replace my existing scroll saw which is a 40 year old Craftsman. I have found a Dewalt 788 Scroll Saw with a stand and light along with blades for $300. I am going to look at it this Thursday and wanted any thoughts and suggestions on if this is a good/great scroll saw to invest in?

I have looked at a number of other saws such as Delta, Wen, Ryobi, Craftsman, etc. but it seems that all of the reviews for the Dewalt 788 are very favorable.

Any thoughts from those that currently have the Dewalt or other scroll saws.

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I have been looking to replace my existing scroll saw which is a 40 year old Craftsman. I have found a Dewalt 788 Scroll Saw with a stand and light along with blades for $300. I am going to look at it this Thursday and wanted any thoughts and suggestions on if this is a good/great scroll saw to invest in?

I have looked at a number of other saws such as Delta, Wen, Ryobi, Craftsman, etc. but it seems that all of the reviews for the Dewalt 788 are very favorable.

Any thoughts from those that currently have the Dewalt or other scroll saws.

Thanks
Unless you want to go to the higher end saws you won't go wrong with the DeWalt. I have a Delta, which is the father to the DeWalt and it is smooth and reliable.

$300 sounds like it is a little steep even if the blades and stand are included. You can buy it new with the stand and light for around $500.

I paid $125 for mine (used) and the guy threw in some "F" and pipe clamps.

I would haggle the price if you can.
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I have the Dewalt and really like it. I am still learning how to use one. If I get the speed right and the right blade it cut smooth as silk and quiet too. The quick change blade set up is really nice. No wrench to fiddle with.

I paid more than that without the stand. You can't go wrong if is it not wore out.

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I bought a DeWalt 2 years ago. after doing a lot of looking I really like it. I think Rockler has it now for $400 with stand
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I've had a DeWalt ever since they came out with it about 15 years ago. Love it. I don't think there is a better scroll made at any price as good as the DeWalt.
Word of advice. Mine got to where the blade would come loose. There is a set screw to the left of where the blade is attached to the saw at both the top and bottom. The screw needed to be tightened with an Allen wrench. I use my scroll saw probably several times a week then at other time won't use it for months. Malcolm / Kentucky USA
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Malcolm,

Those set screws are used to adjust the blade to get both the upper and lower blade grips in alignment with each other. If they are moving, your saw is going out of alignment. Watch the blade closely under a bright light as it runs. If the blade seems to be blurry, then either the top or bottom set screws need to be adjusted to bring the blade into alignment. It should be a sharp straight line as it's running and not blurry. You should also strive to keep the blade centered in the table hole when you make these adjustments. A little BLUE (not red) Loctite on the thread of each set screw will keep it from moving on it's own, but you will still be able to turn the set screw if you use the BLUE Locktite, if you should ever need to again.

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Russell, you won't go wrong with a DeWalt 788. I have that same scroll saw, a Type 2, for more than 10 years and it's great. The Type 2, designates that it is made in Asia, (if I'm correct, in Taiwan), they used to be made in Canada. The saw can be a little noisy but there are fixes for that on the net, the light didn't work for me (too hot) so I took it off the saw. I use my scroll saw almost everyday and I can honestly say that the DeWalt is a very good saw. I also have an Excaliber 21 that I use often, this is also a good saw, but in my opinion is not worth the cost. If the Rockler price is $ 400.00, I think I would opt for that. One last point, DeWalt has a program where they will do a complete maintenance on an old saw for about $250.00, and they claim the saw will be equal to new. I have not had a need for this service yet so I don't know how well the outcome is.

Good luck with your new saw.
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I've had a type 2 for five years, and it's a sweet running machine.....
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Thanks for all the input. It is such a dilemma whether to buy new or used. Rockler has a deal going on now until the end of the month that is you buy the 788 you get a free stand. $499.

I think I will still look at this saw on Thursday as it will give me some idea of the condition of a used one. There are not a lot of used ones out there. If all looks good and runs good I am hoping to pick it up for less than the $300 asking price.

If only that tree in the back yard would start producing money instead of apples, the decision would be much easier.
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Don't go with the Porter Cable. I did, and I don't like it!! It replaced an equally priced one (on the cheaper end of the spectrum), a Hitach, that I had for 6 or 7 years. The Hitachi was night and day, better then the PC.
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