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  • YEEEHAAAWWW! Got a 788!

    The tool sale finally arrived and I broke down and went got a DeWalt 788! I've been waiting a month for the sale to take place so I could save 10%. I got the 788 and stand for 10% off, the acc. light for $1 and the DeWalt rep. threw in a $50 rebate to boot ( there's my extension table for my 735 planer ). Got home and put in the shop and thats where it is, still in the box on the floor. Why you ask? Because I'm gonna drool and lick my chops for another day and go out first thing in the morn. and get started so I can spend the whole day playing with it and rearranging the shop to accomidate it and the stand. I'd rather do that than get started and then torture myself by then having to quit (evening plans with wife, Quid pro quo).

    Now a question. What kind of difference can I expect to see going from a 15 year old 2 speed Delta to the 788? Is it going to be like going from an old Wileys jeep to a Cadillac Escalade? Is it going to add a whole new diminsion to my scrolling and productivity?
    Confuscious says, "The cautious seldom err".
    Confuscious didn't own a scrollsaw either.

  • #2
    Way to go, Capt

    Capt Weasel-

    Man O man are you in for a niece surprise. When I got mine (replacing a Delta SS250) I could not believe the difference, but beware the 788 is very aggressive and will cut wood the wrong way in heartbeat. But I know you, as I did, will get use to it. Just one of the neat things is the blade adjustment, it will adjust side ways on top and bottom so you will get a real true alignment.

    Hope you enjoy the 788 as much as I do. You will never regret getting it.

    Congrats.

    -Bill
    -Bill

    My saw is a DeWalt788 Measure twice; cut once; count fingers after cut

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    • #3
      Capt Weasel
      I too had a two speed Delta and yes you will be driving a Caddy when you start up that DeWalt you'll think you died and went to scroll saw heaven.Good luck and enjoy.
      Mike

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      • #4
        BUT _______ wouldn't it be funny if you found you liked your old scrollsaw better than the new one?????
        Sharon

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        • #5
          Ok, someone has to be the one to tell you what to expect.... You better, before going out to start cutting, eat yourself one good homecooked meal, and hug your love of your life (ummm, wife that is, not your saw!!) and tell her you love her. You might as well explain it to her now that she wont be seeing you much,as you have found a new love, and you are moving in with her. Theres no need to give her reasons,this could lead into more trouble if you start comparing her weight,her true beauty,her stability, and heaven forbid you tell her how she really purrs when you get on her, and how good she feels! Thats why I say, a long hug and short explanation is your best bet.Maybe, just maybe your wife will learn to cope, and still put up with you and your new love, thats where making the first project for her helps out For a first project, I suggest a nice serving tray, that way when you are having to much fun scrolling to stop at mealtime, she can deliver you nourishment Now go clean that gooey crap off the table, and make some dust!
          Dale w/ yella saws

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          • #6
            Lucky, you are describing my life now. Capt, be sure to get the easy lift from Jim Dandy, Wildwood, or who ever else sells them. I messed around with something home made. Dumb move. I spent $20 and it made an awsome difference. Don't forget to put a 4 x 4 under the rear of the saw.

            Harris

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            • #7
              Capt Weasel;
              Congratulations . You are definitely going to see a big improvement going from a 2 speed Delta 16" saw to your new DeWalt. I know the way I felt back six years or so ago when I went from a 16" VS Delta to my new DeWalt. But I couldn't wait overnight to take mine out of the box. I had to get at it right away.
              Hope you get many years of happy scrolling with it.
              W.Y.
              http://www.picturetrail.com/willyswoodcrafting

              The task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us

              Delta P-20 Scroll Saw, 14" x 43" Craftex Wood Lathe and Jet 10" Mini Lathe .

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              • #8
                Think I'll have to stop reading these posts as they are creating a very jealous spirit! Cry! Cry! Sob! sob! Oh well... keep the tissues stocked up.... keep daydreaming...... one day... maybe.... till then... dear Delta, I'll keep loving the loyal friend I have....

                But Capt Weasel, be careful as I have to vouch for Dale's words.
                Yes, I remember the times well... that look in his eyes.... ... I have seen it all before... the first night he met me, ha! ha!... the day he caught his first trout!... when he came home from the Woodworkers Open Day and all he had done was lay eyes on a lathe!!!!! and THEN his Technatool 3000 lathe arrived! Well, well well, I learn't all about toolrests and chucks and inserts and skew chishels and bowl gouges... and...and... Yep it was a whole new world and whether I wanted to know about it or not I learnt a whole new vocabularly. Soon I began to feel quiite proud of knowing all about this new language but then IT happened... the 3000 was superseeded by a new sister, Technatool's DVR and pretty soon SHE arrived!!...at OUR PLACE!!!...his NEW BROAD!!!... at OUR PLACE!!!...... man did he drool! I learnt all about HER beauty, HER stability, HER smoothness, HER lack of vibration!! Man did I need to deliver some cups of coffee to the shed just so I could have a chance to say hello to HIM! (I think that was when he brought me my scrollsaw, ha, ha, ) Yes, at that stage I thought we considered it quits. Anyone would think by now that would be enough for any poor unsuspecting female, wouldn't you?... Well no.. he's just told me the broad is getting an XP implant... and will be operational pretty soon!!! (now I've heard of DD's and EE's and F's - but XP's?) Now here's yet another language to learn.
                Man if he thinks he's going to get some time out in the shed on his own from now on he's got another thing coming!!

                Capt weasel - The moral to the story???? Go buy your loved one a lathe and you'll be allowed to love your new beauty forever!
                Cheers. Teresa .

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                • #9
                  Little Flower;
                  Thanks so much for that enlightening post. That really made my day. I can fully understand the uprades and delight in every move up with both wood lathes and in scrollsaws or any new tool for that matter.. I am on my third scrollsaw and my second wood lathe . Actually I had another wood lathe about four years ago for a very short time but that one doesn't count. it wasn't worth taking home. I also had a very first and very old Sears scrollsaw for a month or two about 8 or 9 years ago that almost turned me off scrolling so we won't go there either.
                  Gotta love upgrades . Gets us guys in the shop more every time and sure is nice to see the wifes take an interest and deliver coffe and call us on the shop to house intercom when lunch and dinner is ready. Sometimes they even say good night to us on the intercom when we don't show up while working on a project while the new tool has got us *under it's spell* .
                  W.Y.
                  http://www.picturetrail.com/willyswoodcrafting

                  The task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us

                  Delta P-20 Scroll Saw, 14" x 43" Craftex Wood Lathe and Jet 10" Mini Lathe .

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                  • #10
                    Almost cried!!!!

                    What a day Sunday promised to be. I awoke with a smile quickly hit the shop with 788 and standing waiting for me. I had to rearrange some and move my workbench first. With that done I dove into the stand assembly. Piece of cake. Went together fine and is sturdy. Next came "Big Momma". I tore open the box and set her on the stand and tightened her down. Whipped out the table slapped her on. Then tragedy struck like Thors hammer! NO PAPERWORK !! No manual, no nothing!! Guess what was obviously in the paperwork bag?? Go on guess! I'll tell ya', the dadblame bolts to screw the table down with !! I couldn't believe it!!! I didn't know whether to cry or scream. So I said screw it. I went ahead and attached the light and plugged her to my foot control. Hell, I gone this far I might as well turn her on and see how she purrs. Well I did and she purred like a happy newborn kitten. I just happened to notice through my glee that the table wasn't moving either. So I snuck up on it with a piece of 1/4" BB to give'r a test ride and believe I did something that I hadn't done since I was a mere pup, Wet my pants! Oh the sheer pleasure was like extascy. I cut a near perfect straight line on first pass and cut a perfect block out of a piece graph paper. She'll turn on a dime and give ya' a nickles change to boot. I couldn't believe that when I turned it off IT actually stopped then instead of winding down like the "old" Delta. Hell, it even made a FD-SR 3 that was worn out on the Delta cut like a new one. I finished cutting out the little piece I had then had to quit because my wife started cracking the whip on me to finish some sanding so she could paint and said that I wasn't going to get anything done if I kept running around the shop in circles. So I had to sand a bit then I sat down on my now to short shop stool, cracked open a cold one and sat there and admired my new mistress in all her beauty. Her oily perfume was quite intoxicating to the senses and her legs were the smoothest I've ever touched. The way she looks at me makes a cold sweat come upon my brow and my knees weak as wet TP. It was like that first kiss on a warm summer night except it was 20 and her bosom, I mean table, was like ice. But I'll thaw her out in no time. I think I just might have to give her a name. Whatcha think? I could ramble on about my mistress until I see her again but I'll stop for now because I've got to go buy her some roses, some yellow roses!
                    Confuscious says, "The cautious seldom err".
                    Confuscious didn't own a scrollsaw either.

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                    • #11
                      If your wife reads this you may have to choose between the wife and the saw. I don't see your wife coming out on top (except when they calculate the alimony!).

                      Ha Ha Ha!
                      Dan

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                      • #12
                        AHHH see, Life IS good!!!!! Glad your enjoying her!
                        Dale w/ yella saws

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                        • #13
                          Yep! You've sure got it bad! Better get a rose or two for the wife every now and then as well I reckon. Glad you're having fun .
                          Cheers. Teresa .

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                          • #14
                            I haven't got her any roses yet but I did get her a Mary Kay makeup kit and I got the lady to throw in some Dewalt Yellow lipstick and eyeliner. I might go ahead and get the Dewalt yellow roses too.
                            Confuscious says, "The cautious seldom err".
                            Confuscious didn't own a scrollsaw either.

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                            • #15
                              Hi Capt

                              So you've bought your wife some make up (suggesting she needs to do something about her appearance) and you're thinking about buying flowers for your new saw ?

                              Have you decided if you want to be buried or cremated?

                              Gill
                              There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is readily adopted.
                              (Schopenhauer, Die Kunst Recht zu Behalten)

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