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Forum topic by bmerrill posted 11-15-2019 07:23 PM 745 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-15-2019 07:23 PM

Topic tags/keywords: scroll saw excalibur

In the market for a scroll saw. Since the original Excalibur is no longer in business, many clones have popped up include several made by the original manufacture in Taiwan. https://www.scrollsawvillage.com/articles/resources/excalibur-scroll-saw-what-happened-r101/
This list includes: Jet, Pegas, King Industries, to name a few.
Looking for recommendations from users of any of these.

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#1 posted 11-15-2019 09:56 PM

Been very happy with my DeWalt,

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#2 posted 11-15-2019 10:47 PM

Excalibur is still in business after an interruption but the king, seyco, jet and pegas all similar in design. So take your pick based on budget and reviews.

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#3 posted 11-15-2019 11:36 PM

I have a Seyco and love it. The Pegas is getting great reviews. If I were to buy a new saw right now it would be the Pegas. The current Excalibur got off to a rough start but I have read better review on it lately. I don’t put the Jet in the same category as the others because unless you put the Pegas blade clamps on it, it is bottom feed only. The others EX clones are top or bottom feed.

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#4 posted 11-16-2019 12:15 PM

A great place to ask about scroll saws is Scroll Saw Village forum.

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#5 posted 11-16-2019 04:47 PM

The Excalibur is now built in Taiwan.
The Excelsior is built in the same plant, to the same specs, and by the same people who originally built the Excalibur before the brand was acquired by General International.
https://www.feldercanada.com/products/excelsior-xl-16

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#6 posted 11-16-2019 07:21 PM

I have the Delta clone of the Dewalt 788. It is cheaper and I have had no issues yet after two years.

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#7 posted 11-16-2019 07:58 PM

The Jets have some issues. I don’t have one but when I was buying I read that the Jets had an issue with some reverse blades because of the short stroke, they are also bottom feed only (if that matters to you). I bought an Excalibur and am very happy with it. Today I would probably choose between a Seyco or Pegus

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#8 posted 11-17-2019 10:00 PM

after having scrolled for 14+ years-having started on a crapsman, then onto a dewalt 788 which had the motor windings short, then onto an ex 16 which ive had for the last 5 years with hundreds upon hundreds of hours on and is a great machine-if i were to purchase a new ss today it would hands down be a seyco. there is no better customer service when it comes to scollsaws and its a great machine.

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#9 posted 11-18-2019 03:01 AM

I could be wrong, but I believe the Excalibur of today is manufactured in China. The other clones are made in Taiwan except for the Pegas which I believe is Swedish… I personally don’t think it matters where they are made, it is the quality control of the company having them made that matters. They control the specs and the output for meeting those specs…

The only low marks for the Seyco, is the head only tilts 30° to the left and it does not have the rack and pinion tilting mechanism that the other clones have. Not sure yet if that matters to me, I have never tilted the head yet. I will someday when I try inlay, but that only requires a couple degree of tilt. I figure the large table makes it a great saw. I, say again, I love my Seyco. But my other saw is a Hegner and I love it also…

I did give in and purchase the Pegas clamps for my Seyco. Is it necessary,,, nope,, but I have to admit,,,,, they are nice.

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#10 posted 11-18-2019 03:20 PM

Thank you for all the feedback.
Leaning towards the Pegas.
Now just need it to go on sale.

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#11 posted 11-18-2019 03:54 PM

You might check with this place. I know the owner from being a member of Scroll Saw Village. He appears to be a very nice person to deal with and very honest. He is a distributor of Pegas saws.

http://www.artcraftersdayton.com/

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#12 posted 11-19-2019 02:02 AM


You might check with this place. I know the owner from being a member of Scroll Saw Village. He appears to be a very nice person to deal with and very honest. He is a distributor of Pegas saws.

http://www.artcraftersdayton.com/

- PaulDoug

Plus One…..I just purchased a Pegas saw from Artcrafters last week, the owners name is Denny I did my home work on the saw and pricing. He gave me a very good price and the saw was at my house within days.

Richard / Mid Mich.

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