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Posted on Are all scroll saws created equal?

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#1 posted 08-01-2012 05:20 PM

They are not all equal. The mechanisms, features,
throat capacity and smoothness of operation vary.

The Dewalt offers a good balance of features and higher-end
performance and a lot of people who do marquetry, intarsia
and other intricate scroll work like them. They are variable
speed and the table tilts both ways. Also they are I think
what is called a parallel link design which cuts smoother.

C-frame scroll saws have this design where the c-frame rocks
back and forth and the cut is faster but not as smooth.

The issues with cheaper mass-market scroll saws tend to
be vibration and uneven cuts.

I’d suggest you try to get out to a Woodcraft store or
connect with a local woodworking group and there will
no doubt be a Dewalt you can try out.

Used higher quality brands are RBI, Hegner, Hawk, and
Excaliber with a special mention to the large old
Powermatic machines some marquetarians like.

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