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  • My Mind is Made Up...BUT...

    Hi all
    I've only gotten back into scrolling because of health reasons. I've had a saw for a lot of years but wasn't using it very often. Up until now it has sat on my bench collecting dust for the past 10 years or so.

    Here in Canada there is a chain of stores called "Canadian Tire" and they sell EVERYTHING, including tools. The tools they sell are their own brand called "Mastercraft." You will never find any of these tools in a pro... or even semi-pro's workshop. But for a beginner they can be a good buy because of how cheap they are.

    Way back when I got my first scroll saw I bought their "Mastercraft" on sale for around $50. if my memory serves me correctly. But now that I'm getting back into cutting in a serious way I realize that I'm trying to do this with a real piece of junk.

    There's another chain here called "Rona" or "Reno Depot" - same company, different name. Their own brand of tools is called "Haussman." I bought an 18" saw today, on sale for $149.00... regular price is $199.00. Unfortunately it really isn't a whole lot better than the Mastercraft.

    I have made up my mind that I'm going to go out over my budget and get the DeWalt 788. Here's my problem: I cannot find a store anywhere around the Montreal, Canada, area where I can buy one. We only have 2 big box stores here... Home Depot - Ryobi (a LOT of very bad reviews in general) Reno Depot - Haussman (going back tomorrow as stated) I can buy the DeWalt online but it ends up costing a very big fortune once the shipping is factored in.

    Would anyone from around my area - Montreal - know of anywhere I can get one of these? Maybe I've overlooked some place in my Google search? I'm kinda thinking not, seeing as I've spent the last 3 hours searching.

    Very much appreciated!!!

    --Bobby

  • #2
    Welcome to the forum Bobby. I'm in Dorval.

    If you look throgh this forum a bit more you will see that the newer Dewalts are not getting very good reviews. Personally I would not buy one. I have an Excalibur and ame very ghappy with it. If you really want a Dewalt there is a used one in Lacine on KIJIJI at:
    .

    If it is atype 1 saw it would be a better quality machine than the Dewalt type 2 macines they are making today. The seller can to you which it is by looking at the data plate.

    Good Luck

    Tom

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    • #3
      I usually find them (sporadically) on Craigs List. Sheila Landry is in the Maritimes and has a website and may have some suggestions. Sheila Landry Designs.

      General Tool has the Excalibur line. The older ones were purple, the newer ones green, but they and the DeWalt had the same designer.
      Got Moose?

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      • #4
        Bobby, I have heard some people talking about the Hitachi scrollsaw, and most of what I've heard is good. I don'tknow if they are or not, but you may want to look into buying one of them.
        Len

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        • #5
          I bought my DeWalt from Home Hardware. They had it on sale at the time I was shopping. Go to HH and ask the salesman to look into ordering you one.
          Diane
          Dragon
          Owner of a nice 21" Excalibur
          Owner of a Dewalt 788
          PuffityDragon on AFSP

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          • #6
            the french ad for the saw is most likely a type 2 if it was bought recently. It is expensive since I bought mine with the stand and light for $500 new. And don't forget new includes a warranty.
            Diane
            Dragon
            Owner of a nice 21" Excalibur
            Owner of a Dewalt 788
            PuffityDragon on AFSP

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            • #7
              The best internet price for a new 788 I could find is from Grizzly.com. Check 'em out and see if they'll ship to you.

              Good luck.

              Carter

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              • #8
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                Hi from NL I also though of buying a dewalt until I read the reviews{not good},so I got an EX 16.instead,got it on line was on sale for 549.00[can].I have also seen them on the Sears.ca web site you could check it out there.The saw is built like a tank and a joy to use.
                Remember keep your blades sharp and your fingers safe

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                • #9
                  I would consider the Excalibur also, I got mine and I'm very happy with it.
                  Here are the distributors in Quebec:

                  Canada distributors (Quebec)

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                  • #10
                    Bobby.

                    If you decide to go with the Excalibur, I got mine through Mark's Machinery in Carp, Ontario Welcome to Mark's Machinery.
                    I called Mark and made the purchase, paid by Visa then picked the saw up in Montreal at the General warehouse on Champ-d"Eau a couple of days later. Avoided the QST that way.

                    I'v done this with Mark a couple of times with no problem.

                    Tom

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                    • #11
                      Having used a DeWalt for many years - I would recommend you buy and Excalibur The old Type 1 DeWalt was very good but to buy a new one, you're rolling the dice. Excalibur (General) is a Canadian company - in Montreal I believe. (the old type 1 DeWalts were actually made by Excalibur co.)
                      Janette
                      www.square-designs.com

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                      • #12
                        Hi all...
                        Thanks one in all for your comebacks and suggestions. They are very much appreciated.

                        As for getting the DeWalt... I found a place where I could get one instead of ordering online and having to pay the shipping. Most of the places I found on line were charging between $300 - $350... way too much for my budget.

                        I did buy the DeWalt and got a real bargain - $549 - that includes the stand and light. I set it up and couldn't believe how smooth and vibration free it runs. I'll be doing a lot more with it tomorrow as I ran out of time to do any serious cutting today.

                        guarantee on all parts and labor done at the store where I bought it.

                        On that note, I'm crossing my fingers that I'll be luckier than most who had trouble with their 788s

                        Thanks again all

                        --Bobby

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