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I would like input anyone might have on scroll saws. I had an entry-level scroll saw, which was great to learn on, but I found myself wanting to go beyond the limitations of the saw (one thing is it was a pin end… large entry hole needed). I sold this saw in hopes of getting a new and more advanced saw. I would like something that will last and that I won't outgrow anytime soon. I would prefer to spend a bit more on a really good scroll saw, but, of course, don't want to overspend on a saw that is not worth it. Any comments are welcome. Thanks in advance.
 

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How much do you want to spend.??? You get past all those entry level saws they are all very good. Can't go wrong with any of them. The Dewalt 788 is the next class up and there is only one in this price range and that is $450 range. Then you go to the $800 and up range and if you want I can list them. I have 2 RBIs. a Hawk 220 and a Hawk 226, I have the Dewalt, I have a Hegner 18" multimax. In the $800 range is the Excalibur 21" and then the RBI, Hegner, and then the Excalibur 31" and the the Ecliipse. Hows that for jumping up in quality. They all start in the thousand $$$$ range.
 

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I will have to agree with JT there. The Dewalt 788 is a good middle of the road saw to get away from the entry level saws. You would like it to do you for 10-15 years, without breaking the bank. The best advice I could give you would be.. spend as much as you can afford and check out some of the manufactures web sites.

Good Luck…. John (aka Woodmight)
 

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I agree with all JT and Woodmight said. Go with the most you can afford. I have the Hawk G4 and have been very happy with it. One caveat on the Dewalt. Spring for a new one. Before I bought the G4 I went with a rebuilt one, (supposedly). It did not work out of the box. I opted to try to get it serviced and took it in to the repair shop. After two weeks they said it was a thimmajig and that they replaced it twice and the machine still did not work. I returned it and bought the G4. No regrets.
 

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I have the 788, and it is the most unused tool in the shop. not the fault of the tool, witch is great, but I don't do many projects that requires it. But I don't think that you can go wrong with one.
 

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I have the 16'' Hitachi for almost 2 years and love it. The saw is less then $200 but it out preforms the Dewalt I have in my middle school shop. If you want a step up with out a huge price jump, it might be worth looking into. Someday I would like to make the jump to one of the Excalibur's that JT mentioned above.
How much did you use your saw and what did you make with it?
MrsN
 
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