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02-12-2018 04:31 AM

Topic tags/keywords: scroll saw dw-788 easy-lift arm

hello LJ’s ….i am looking for advice on the easy lift arm for the DW-788 it worth $40.00 or am i thinking i should be able to make 1 a lot cheaper …..tried a search but couldn’t really find much …i think the key to making one is size of the pivot slot …so if any1 would have one and would like to give me the sizes i would greatly appreciate it :<))

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#1 posted 02-12-2018 07:37 AM

For as far I can see is the only thing the lifter is doing is to hold the arm of the saw in his upper position when you are changing a blade. The lift arm does NOT lift the saw arm. In my opinion a suitable feather would do the same, and not only that it is also quicker. And when you want to make the easy lifter yourself the lenght of the arm isn’t that critical.


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#2 posted 02-12-2018 01:11 PM

The problem is the arm does not stay up while you rethread your blade. You sort of need three hands to do this. The Delta saw has a locking pin but your have to reach around the saw to engage it. The counterspring is a one handed solution is it should be. Noting ahould ever take two hands that can be done with one.

I own the Delta saw but i would love it if that one had a spring lifter.

You really cannot overestimate the increase in speed this will create as you approach a scroll project with 50 or 100 or mote rethreads.

Go for it.

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#3 posted 02-12-2018 01:23 PM

Here is some pics of the one I made.

The holder is sprung so that it will rub the arm and latch into place under the switch housing when the arm is lifted.

To release lift arm a little, pull holder out about 1/4”, lower arm back to cutting position.

This one is made from a piece of aluminum road sign.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#4 posted 02-12-2018 02:24 PM

I made one similar the one above but just used a straight 1/8” x 3/4” piece of aluminum. It works great.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#5 posted 02-12-2018 03:23 PM

or should i just make my own JACK
cant figure out why he needed a Dee or Walt when the picture clearly has an lift*-arm on it LMAO :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#6 posted 02-12-2018 07:39 PM

Before my 788 crapped out; I used a simple piece ot wood that was cut to the right size and had a centering grove in it. I just released the blade and slid the wooden keeper in place until I was ready to lower the arm again. The cost was the 2- to 3 minutes it took to make from scrap wood.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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