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Posted on Scroll Saw comments please: Craftsman 20" 137-216200 & Harbour Freight 16" 93012-5VGA

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#1 posted 09-05-2009 04:47 AM

i have a craftsman similar to the one in your pic… in fact i think it is the same. i replaced the knobs which hold the blade in place with replacement parts off the dewalt saw (same threading; order new from dewalt for cheap) and it makes a WORLD of difference with ease of blade instillation / performance. I like it now for the occasions when i need a scroll saw (occasional marquetry or detail work; i’m not a heavy user).

the big difference in the dewalt knobs is that the tip of the knob, which comes in contact with the blade to clamp it, has a bearing of sorts which prevents the torque that comes from tightening the knob from transferring to the blade. with the craftsman knobs, this torque kinked the blade, causing difficulty in instillation and weakening the blade causing frequent breaks.

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