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    I've been reading this board for a while but this is my first post. Looking at a couple of options for a scroll saw upgrade. These seem to be decent deals: 1) Dewalt 788 that's 6yrs old with basically no use--includes the saw, light, stand and HTC mobile base for $250 (within driving distance to pickup) and 2) RBI Hawk 220vs 2yrs old with no use--includes saw and stand for $500 (located cross country which requires packing by the owner and another approximately $70 out of my pocket to ship). I don't do a whole lot of scroll sawing, but my 12yr old 16" delta isn't that much fun to use and I got the idea I wanted to upgrade. Surveying the various WW boards I have gathered that folks have good opinions about both saws. I have tested the Hawk at the woodworking shows and always walked away saying I would love to have one someday but $1000+ for an infrequently used tool didn't make sense. I've I have also given the Delta a try and it seems to be a well designed tool too. Any recommendations

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    Absolutely drive out and see the dewalt. hear it run, and listen for knocks, or excessive vibration at diffrent speeds. if it sounds ok and runs smooth, I wouldnt hesitate on taking it home with you! Where about are you located? Dale
    Dale w/ yella saws

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    • #3
      Like Dale said they are both very good saws. But I would go the other way, for the price the Hawk is a steal. You might decide to use one more later on, and you could never wear the Hawk out. I just can't believe anyone would sell one for that price.

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      • #4
        I live in MD. Just about decided on the Hawk. I think for the price, even including shipping this is a good deal. Thinking this will be a lasting scroller for me. Appreciate the feedback.

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        • #5
          You are right, either way, you cant go wrong, both are good saws. Congrats on the new saw. I am sure you will be happy with either one. It will bring your scrolling to a whole new level. Dale
          Dale w/ yella saws

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          • #6
            I have a 20" RBI Hawk, and I sure wish it had been only $570!! The DeWalt is also a good saw, but I would jump on that Hawk right now. They are a joy to use. I cannot see how I would ever need any better saw than the Hawk - I just love it(of course, things could change - I guess I'd better keep an open mind, just in case!)
            Whichever you get, you will have a lot of fun scrolling. Good luck and let us know what you decide, and how it turns out.
            Sandy

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