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#1 posted 01-29-2011 04:16 PM

Ok, I went and checked out the “Bladerunner”.
I’m not impressed. It’s a modified version of a scroll saw. Every advantage they put in that video to try and get you to buy this great new piece of machinery can also be said for the scroll saw. A scroll saw can cut wood, metal or tile too with just a quick change of the blade. The scroll saw can make angled, curved, and straight cuts without adjusting. I’m not saying this machine doesn’t have a place in the woodshop. It may become the latest rage, in time. However, I will stick to my old Delta scroll saw. The only two things I did see that I liked on the Bladerunner was the ability to do through cuts on long lumber because of the arm placement, but for now I have a table saw and bandsaw to do that with. I also liked the miter guage on it, but with basically a jig sawblade in it, which is what they showed in the video, I wonder just how accurate the miters would be in the real world.
The video was an informercial, plain and simple. It had most of the Billy Mayes qualities, all the way down to the funny clips of someone having more trouble using a standard tool like a jig saw than I’ve ever seen. If you listen to the sales pitch, you HAVE to have this tools because it is just too darned hard to use a square and a pencil to mark a line and then cut it with our outdated dinasour tools. I’m sorry. I’m sure it is a quality tool, but I don’t think I’m rushing out to buy one any time soon.
To answer your question though, I went to the shop and cut a piece of 3/4” wood, and a piece of 2×4, with the jig saw, and then the scroll saw. The scroll saw is quieter, by far.


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