help with scroll saw

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Blog entry by oldscroller posted 10-20-2015 01:41 AM 1199 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

can anyone help me with this scroll saw. the only markings on it are “Elgin De Luxe”
would greatly appreciate any thing you can tell me about it. would love to get it running. needs motor and belt.

thankyou very much

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#1 posted 10-20-2015 11:40 AM

Don’t know anything about this particular saw, but old scroll saws are pretty straightforward as long as the parts are all there to mount a blade.
Can you see on the upper and lower mounts a way to mount a blade? Be warned, not all old scroll saws used the modern standard five inch blades. You may have to break a standard blade to make it shorter or look at coping saw blades to get longer.
If you can mount a blade, it is easy to get it running. First, can you turn it by hand? If so, does everything move like it should? If so, it’s time to find a motor.
I recommend no more than a 1/4 or 1/2 horse power motor. Find one, mount the saw and motor to a piece of wood, attach a belt, and away we go.

Now it gets tricky. I hope you’ve used a few scroll saws in the past. You will need to go on that experience to figure out how fast you want the blade moving. Too fast and it will overheat the blade quickly and break the blade. Too slow and it will be difficult to cut the wood. With that in mind, I just play with different pulley sizes. A larger pulley will make it go faster, a smaller pulley will make it go slower.

I’ve done several old saws. A couple I actually partially restored them to original condition. It’s fun to do, but they are seldom up to the task of performing as good as even the cheapest of modern saws. There is a reason some of these older designs are no longer used. I am not trying to discourage you though. What old saws lack in modern performance, they sometimes make up for in the elegance of their appearance.


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#2 posted 10-20-2015 12:09 PM

I second going no bigger than 1/4 or 1/3. Honestly, even 1/2 might be a bit big. What is the capacity on the saw?

You might try asking over at They have a ridiculous wealth of information about fixing up vintage machines. With that being said, this particular saw looks to be a pretty rare machine. I couldn’t find an entry for a similar one on There is an entry for a company called Elgin Tool Works, but no record of them making scroll saws. They made small metalworking machines.

-- I make great sawdust. -Jon in Warsaw, IN

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