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    Hi everyone

    I purchased a cheep saw from the supermarket to see if this type of work would be for me know Im hooked and its time for a new saw
    As resourses this side of the pond are limited I have looked at a few saws and think the Delta shopmaster 40570 looks ok as it will be by mail order and there is know where to try this saw any coments would be appriciated or is there any alternative worth looking at

    Regards Robert

  • #2
    Welcome Robert!

    I don't know much about the saw, but I had to say hello to a fellow Scot! What kind of things do you cut?

    Bob Duncan
    Scroll Saw Workshop


    • #3
      I understand that a lot of people accross the pound likke the Hegner saw. Check this site: There is a good explanation about that saw. You will have one for life.

      Mike M
      SD Mike


      • #4
        Hi Robert

        The Delta 40540 has probably the best reputation of all the saws in the mid price range that are available in the UK, but I don't know much about the 40570. I'm presuming it's pretty good too, and at a price of £215 (from Hobbies of Dereham) it's a lot cheaper than the Hegner 2SV at £510.

        I haven't handled a Delta myself so I can't really make a comparison against the Hegner.

        Sorry - I'm not much use on this one, I'm afraid.

        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)


        • #5

          By now you may have already purchased your saw and, if so, so be it. I would suggest that you purchase the "best" you can afford. I don't know how limited resources across the pond are, but no one can afford to continually purchase cheap saws. Everyone has a preference (just like automobiles and religion) and you can't argue with them. I suggest you look at Hegner, DeWalt, and the "green" version (in the U.S. they are red) of the RBI before you buy. A "good" saw will last a long time and will be well worth the extra investment. All the best and may you make the right decision for your purposes.
          Old Mooner


          • #6
            new saw

            Well I was thinking of my budget

            after all the saw moves the blade and I move the wood.
            Blade changes are a pain though.

            Hard to believe some of the awesome work that has been done with a saw like this.
            CAЯL HIRD-RUTTEЯ
            "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
            Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21


            • #7
              Hi Carl,

              This one was made by using a hand frame. His wife is helping him. The frame is 30 cm long.

              It took them almost 6 years to build.
              510.00 pound is only €730.00 (Euro)They sure sell the Hegner a lot lower priced than over in the US. Buy the best and you will have some for life.
              Mike M
              SD Mike


              • #8
                buy a Hegner, you´ll not regret it.


                buy a Hegner, you´ll not regret it. You have been pointed to my site by Mike above.



                • #9

                  lWOW Mike, that is Phenominal!
                  CAЯL HIRD-RUTTEЯ
                  "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
                  Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21


                  • #10
                    Hi Carl,

                    Here is one more they made. It is the church from Ulm, Germany. It has the tallest steeple of all churches.

                    Mike M

                    SD Mike


                    • #11
                      new saw

                      HI everyone
                      thank you all for your replies the hegner does look a nice machine and I looked at it with serious consideration so maybe Ill do a few extra shifts at work and Ill let you know shortly when I make up my mind.

                      regards robert


                      • #12
                        which scroll aw to purchase?

                        Not to slight any mfg,I prefer a Hegner,BUT... an R B I is also nice as is the Excaliber. I think theres a custom saw that is wonderful but pricey. You will not go wrong with any of the above,some are easier with blade changes-you WILL be making plenty,piercing cuts etc. Try before you buy,most will allow returns,but shipping is sooo costly. Variable speed is not necessary,but good blade holders,ease of setting blade perpendicular,little vibrations,these are the important things. Remember too,for really fine stuff,musical instruments inlays,exquesite art,this is done by HAND-much better control than ANY motorized saw. JMHO,PW


                        • #13
                          Robert, I just went through the same dilema, I needed a new saw badly and after much research and opinion from those here in the forum I took the big plunge which I know will pay dividends later. Though I haven't received my new saw (next Wednesday according to the Hawk rep.) I'm sure it will meet more then my expectations. I'll gladly offer feedback when I do receive it as I am moving from a lowing end saw. For me when I did make my final choice, the input from those here in the forum played a huge factor.

                          Hawk G4, Dremel 1800

                          Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati


                          • #14
                            Excalibur is the best for me

                            I've had my 30" Excalibur for about 3 years now and I wouldn't trade it for anything. I tried the DeWalt, Hegner, RBI and Excalibur at the Chicago Woodworking Show. The Excalibur was clearly the most vibration free and easiest to use overall of all the top brands. The ability to thread a blade through a hole for an inside cut from the top sealed the deal for me. Prices for the large saws were about the same for all the brands (around $1100). The RBI came in second, although the Dewalt, which was in the $500-600 range had lots of appeal because of its smoothness and ability to thread a blade from above.

                            I tried the new Excalibur saw at the Midwest Scrollsaw Show. It is a very nice saw, although I didn't get a chance to check out all its features.

                            Hope this is useful,


                            • #15
                              Email me. I might be able to get the Hegner for the best price, like free shipping, free stand etc.
                              Mike M
                              SD Mike


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