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Forum topic by stevejack posted 09-21-2020 11:25 AM 289 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-21-2020 11:25 AM

I am going to have to put my Trusted and worn out WEN Scroll saw out to pasture. I need a good/great replacement. I dont want to have to replace any of my tools EVER again. I think a tool should last a life time…

I love DeWalt stuff but the last time I bought a new Dewalt Tool, it was defective.

I am considering the DeWalt 20 inch scroll saw or the Excalibur 21 inch scroll saw.????

Specs. on both seem pretty much even with the Excalibur is a little bit more in price.

I do NOT do any Intricate Fret work. Just general curvy shapes and inside circles

PLEASE ADVISE!


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#1 posted 09-21-2020 11:55 AM

Steve – just out of curiosity, could you expand a little on the WEN saw ?
I have a couple of WEN drills that are well over 40 years old and are still good.
and I’ve purchased a few newer WEN power tools recently and am very satisfied with them too.
so I was wondering about the history of this one – how it was used, how often, and the age of it.
many beginners are turning towards the WEN scroll saw your input may help with decision making.

John

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#2 posted 09-21-2020 01:14 PM

John. the WEN Scroll saw is great for the price. I have used the hell out of it for nearly 3 years. Its got a little vibration. Now the bearing are wearing out and the top arm is listing to port to the point of making contact with the out side arm sleeve. The up and down stroke moves side to side maybe a 16th of an inch. So if you have a piece of wood in it and let go of it it would vibrate side to side with the blade. I have taken it down 2 times and maintained greased it up the bearing are Brass Bushings and its just tired I plan on keeping it as a dedicated strip sander. If you are hesitating on getting one PLEASE get one for the moeny cant be beat.

But I really need a new one and want to upgrade.


Steve – just out of curiosity, could you expand a little on the WEN saw ?
I have a couple of WEN drills that are well over 40 years old and are still good.
and I ve purchased a few newer WEN power tools recently and am very satisfied with them too.
so I was wondering about the history of this one – how it was used, how often, and the age of it.
many beginners are turning towards the WEN scroll saw your input may help with decision making.

John

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- John Smith


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#3 posted 09-21-2020 01:31 PM

I have the DeWalt. I am not an avid scrollsawyer (?), but feel is a solid well built machine.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#4 posted 09-21-2020 03:04 PM

If you have worn your WEN scroll saw out, you will not find a forever scroll saw. All scroll saws will need to be rebuilt after a lot of use. If you would have had a Dewalt you would probably be looking at rebuilding it now or soon. The quality of the new Excalibur scroll saw is not nearly as good as the older ones. If I was looking to buy a replacement scroll saw I would be looking at buying either an older little used Excalibur or Hegner or if buying new a Seyco or Pegus.

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#5 posted 09-21-2020 03:45 PM

It’s sad that today everything we buy has turned into CRAP! Nothing even works any longer. If you buy a new car there are 6 Recall notices in the glove box before you drive it off the lot…


If you have worn your WEN scroll saw out, you will not find a forever scroll saw. All scroll saws will need to be rebuilt after a lot of use. If you would have had a Dewalt you would probably be looking at rebuilding it now or soon. The quality of the new Excalibur scroll saw is not nearly as good as the older ones. If I was looking to buy a replacement scroll saw I would be looking at buying either an older little used Excalibur or Hegner or if buying new a Seyco or Pegus.

- Davevand


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#6 posted 09-21-2020 06:55 PM

Look for a used Hegner, or open the wallet wide and buy new. Great machine.

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#7 posted 09-21-2020 08:38 PM

I have a Hawk that’s in excellent condition that I haven’t used in 5 years but I see that your in IL and I’m in TX. I got it from my wife’s grandfather several years ago but I’m just not in to scroll sawing.

-- NorthWoodsMan

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#8 posted 09-21-2020 09:43 PM

imo, excaliburs arent what they used to be since production moved to china.too many complaints. i have a made in taiwan ex16 with hundreds upon hundreds of hours on it- probably over a thousand. only problem ive had was vs control. great saw but since the switch to chine,idk about qc.
look at seyco. top notch saw with top notch customer srrvice
https://www.seyco.com/scroll-saws-etc/

if not a seyco, then pegas.
https://qtena.com/b-pegas-saws-br-and-woodworking-toolsbrbr-b-pegas-scroll-saw-machines-c-2634_2635.html

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#9 posted 09-21-2020 09:44 PM

p.s.
the ex16 replaced a type 2 788 that had the motor windings short out after about 400 or so hours

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