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    What's your favourite scroll saw blade?
    51
    Flying Dutchman
    66.67%
    34
    Pegas
    7.84%
    4
    Hegner
    0.00%
    0
    Olsen
    13.73%
    7
    Other
    1.96%
    1
    I don't have a favorite - they're all much the same
    1.96%
    1
    It depends what sort of project I'm working on
    7.84%
    4
    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)

  • #2
    One thats sharp and cuts straight!
    Honestly I guess it depends on what you are cutting.
    I do like the FD blades and the service I get from both Mike at FD and Mike in Naniamo. I can't comment on a lot of the others.
    I have used D and B with some success. I have used Sawbird, I did like those.
    I am not crazy about the blades that come in a red packet. They are not very aggressive.
    My comment would be try them all, and choose wisely!
    CAЯL HIRD-RUTTEЯ
    "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
    Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21

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    • #3
      Tough one to vote on as there's so many others out there that aren't listed. I pretty much use FD's for almost everything, but I also have Olsons that came with my saw and they work well enough. My understanding is that Pegas are comparable to the FD's but I haven't tried these yet. I'm also curious about the ones Judy Gale Roberts sells but I haven't tried those yet.
      It would only be fair to pick a favorite of the types you've used, between Olsons and FD's I prefer the FD's.

      Kevin
      Kevin
      Scrollsaw Patterns Online
      Making holes in wood with an EX-30, Craftsman 16" VS, Dremel 1680 and 1671

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      • #4
        Like you, Kevin, I haven't tried all the blades that are available - give me time . Of those I have tried, I really like the Olson for general purpose cutting but as the cuts get finer I gravitate towards the FD blades. I really like the FD puzzle blades.

        I haven't tried any brand of spiral blades yet. Perhaps I really ought to, just for the sake of experience, but I'm happy with the flats I normally use.

        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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        • #5
          FD blades are about the only ones I use, sometimes I use Olson 2/0 but that is it.

          Bob
          Delta P-20 & Q-3

          I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me!

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          • #6
            I have used Olsons and really like their thick wood blade for cutting stock that is between 1" to 2" thick. I tried many of the RBI that came with that scroll saw and they cut like the Olsons. Pegas blades cut really good, last a long time, but,
            they seem to be expensive. My favorite blades are still the Flying Dutchman's.

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            • #7
              poll

              I like the FD two-way cuts,main blade for me,in a #5,but for spirals,Olsen #2/0 or plexi... #3 or #5 FD Polar
              Dale w/ yella saws

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              • #8
                For me Olson best spirals. Pegas flat ones best for longest life and sharpness and quality of cut. FD good for cheaper blades. As far as poll goes bottom one that says
                Depends on what sort of project I am working on.
                Covers the question best for most scrollers.
                Fred
                Last edited by oaklysawyer; 10-21-2005, 03:03 AM.

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                • #9
                  I love the new FD spirals. They cut smoother and easier, and are a lot easier to control than other spirals I've tried.

                  Bob
                  www.GrobetUSA.com

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Gill
                    What's your favourite scroll saw blade?
                    The one's that have automatic drive (stay on line no matter what the driver does).

                    FD is my favorite, but when I run out and can't spend alot on a big shipment from Mike, I resort to Olson from Sears or the Hardwood Store ( http://www.thehardwoodstore.com/ ).

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                    • #11
                      If I remember correctly Gill you posted this question awhile back and the overall majority was FD blades hands down. I voted for the FD blades and I have tried many different brands and have a drawer full of them as proof. The thing is when you find a product that does well wouldn't you want to stick with it? How can you beat the quality, the price, and the speed of delivery?? I am in no way getting any kickbacks from Mike so this is an unbias opinion.
                      Last edited by jttheclockman; 10-21-2005, 04:41 PM.
                      John T.

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                      • #12
                        Hi John

                        I've never posted a poll before. Have I? Oh, don't dig one out and make me check with my doctor about pre-senile dementia again !

                        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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                        • #13
                          I plumped for Olsen because it is the brand that I can get at a discount from the store where I work part-time.

                          I thought about saying they are all the same, but what I really would have meant is that it's all the same to me, I just get the cheapest (for me) and most convenient (I'm there at the store three times a week minimum anyway).

                          I haven't tried any others except the D&B which I definitely did not like. They were cheaper, but their poor quality more than offset the price difference.

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                          • #14
                            I heard from a very reliable source and also on other sites that D&B are made in the same factory as FD and are a stencil line of the exact same product.
                            I have used the equivalent of FD blades under several different brand names in the past. Some were cheap and some expensive depending on how much mark-up was applied by seller.
                            Fred
                            Last edited by oaklysawyer; 10-22-2005, 11:49 AM.

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                            • #15
                              Fred,

                              D & B is out of business. Nobody can get hold of them anymore.

                              Mike
                              SD Mike

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