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Got tird of holding up the arm on the scroll saw and made a prop to go under it. I was cutting the top of a heart box for the wife's Valentine present and must have raised that arm a hundred times or more. Got tough holding up the arm to reinsert the blade. Put on my thinking cap and came up with this simple remedy. I keep it on the table and when I raise the arm I slide the prop under it.

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This isn't my company so please don't shoot me for plugging an awesome product… that said, check out this page for an assist lifter for the dewalt scroll saw. I did not buy this but made my own and truly believe dewalt's saws should come standard with some sort of it assist. just my two cents.

http://www.jimdandy.com/products.html

mine cost me less than 5 bucks to make
 

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Looks like it works,good idea.
 

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I have the same saw, and the same aggravation - nature of the beast. I cut a piece of scrap plywood to go under the arm to do the same thing, then laid the scrap flat on the table while cutting. My problem is that the vibration from the saw caused the plywood scrap to vibrate off the table on a long cut. I have a few rare earth magnets I can put one in the base of this gizmo to keep it from vibrating off the side. Great Idea! Thanks, I'll make one this afternoon.
 

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I haven't made any really long cuts yet but I haven't had the problem of it vibrating off the table. Mater of fact so far I have had very little vibration. I bough the Dewalt stand and it is very stable. I have only had the saw about a week though.

I like the setup Godofbiscuits found. I will look into making one myself. Did you make it out of steel or aluminum angle.
 

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I made one for mine, also. Simular to yours - works great
 

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Godofbiscuits could you post a pic of your setup. I would be very interested in seeing it.
 

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Looking at this bar it would be an excellent place to bolt a light to. The light would raise with the arm. Might have to use a stronger spring unless it was located near the pivot point.
 

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I used the old block of wood for a long time. I looked on the web to see what was out there and I found a new gizmo called The Lifter. So a few months ago I bought one from papasworkshop.net. All I can say is I LOVE it.
 

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FFscroller A BRAND NEW Member on here… he posted 2 comments and both trying to promote
a warranty voiding product??? hmmm and his motive is..

The BEST Dewalt ScrollSaw Lift Arm is called the Click-N-Lock from BigFoot Products


The Click-N-Lock

LifeTime Warranty
5 Minute Installation
Just replace 2 Bolts
Self Locking Lift Arm
Lightweight Laser-Cut Acrylic
 

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I now have a homemade version of one of the commercial ones but can't rem which.



This werks really well.
 

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I think what you have is a copy of the Jim Dandy. If you check the first comment in this thread he has the link to the Jim Dandy website. I don't know all the history but I believe it was one of the first arm lift mechanisms on the market. I also made one for myself a year or so ago but eventually stopped using it. I wasn't crazy about using muscle power to lift the arm and to also pull it back down. Granted you don't need much muscle though. And I was always messing with the spring to get the tension just right.

But if you check some of the other forums there seems to be a lot of folks that use and love the Jim Dandy. Some say they have been using theirs for years and wouldn't be without it. And now that there's some new products on the market, folks have even more choices.
 

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I don't mind the energy it takes to lift or pull it back down. I can lift or lower it with one finger and what I like about this is I don't have to unhook anything to lower just reach up and pull it down. It also stays where I put it anywhere along the track.

I like it and it was free as I had everything on hand anyway. JMHO.
 
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