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    Since the question of what saw should I buy keeps coming up, I thought that maybe a poll of the members here might help. If BobD could put a sticky on it and keep it at the top, (maybe put a copy of it in the Tools section too) anybody could find it easily. He could also lock it so there could not be any opinions posted. If you own more than one saw, vote for your personal favorite. (This isn't Chicago where they vote early and often!)
    Just a thought.
    1,168
    Delta
    16.18%
    189
    DeWalt
    23.03%
    269
    Diamond
    0.34%
    4
    Eclipse
    1.03%
    12
    Excalibur
    7.19%
    84
    Hawk
    9.67%
    113
    Hegner
    6.42%
    75
    Ryobi
    3.94%
    46
    Sears
    12.50%
    146
    Other
    11.39%
    133
    Dremel
    8.30%
    97
    Fred


    There's a fine line between woodworking and insanity, I'm just not sure which side of the line I'm on!

  • #2
    Errr... sorry, but I need multiple options!

    (Okay, who shouted "Show-off!"? )

    I can't even vote along the lines of which saw is my favorite because I find that different saws are better for different types of work.

    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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    • #3
      Im with gill, i need a few to mark. But, I will mark the one that I use exclusively,and not count the other three I have here at home.
      Dale w/ yella saws

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      • #4
        I'm trying not to fan the flames here. I voted for the saw I use the most which is an Excalibur. Something I'd like to see though is price breaks. Something along the lines of what is the best saw for under $200, under $500 etc. While virtually everyone agrees (certain current arguments excluded) that the Dewalt is a top-notched saw, not everyone can or wants to spend $500 on a saw. That being said, I think the Craftsman 16" VS/Dremel 1680 are about the best low priced saws out there. The reason I put them together is they're essentially the same saw (both mfg. by Rexon Industries), the Dremel has a light while the Craftsman has a different table tilt mechanism (which I really like). If someone had told me I had to spend $500 on a saw when I started, I seriously doubt I would've ever gotten into scrolling in the first place. When I found I liked scrolling and reached the limits of the less expensive saw, I did my homework and selected the saw that best suited the type of scrolling that I like to do.
        As mentioned in Rick's latest article in Saw-Dust, I wonder if this push for rather expensive tools is keeping people out of the hobby. The best thing about scrolling is that is CAN be a very inexpensive and very rewarding hobby. $100 for a saw, $20 or $30 for a gross or so of blades, some scrounged wood and you can be off and running and creating wonderful gifts and items for yourself. I started with a Dremel 1671 which took only pinned blades and had 2 speeds, but I was able to start on this adventure for a grand total of $75. There is virtually no other hobby that you can get started on for that little money.
        (Off my soap-box now)

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

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        • #5
          WB,
          I can modify your poll if you want to include the multiple options--but maybe we should break it down according to the prices...I wouldn't want a beginner to think they HAVE to spend $500 to get the most popular saw.

          Let me know--I can work it out if need be...

          BTW, I will be working a forum Bill of Rights because of all this bickering!

          Bob
          www.GrobetUSA.com

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          • #6
            Bob, go ahead and add the multiple vote. Can you wipe the slate clean and we start all over?
            Fred


            There's a fine line between woodworking and insanity, I'm just not sure which side of the line I'm on!

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            • #7
              Great points Kevin!

              My first saw was the same kind of Dremel. The feet were little suction cups for the kitchen table.

              A bill of rights. That is going to be quite a task Bob. I don't envy you.

              I wonder if as a group we could come up with a check list for new scrollers describing what to look for in a saw. We all have our favorite features that we think are indispensable.

              It could be pasted as a sticky in the top of the tools section just as a statement.

              I know people will still ask about a particular saw specially when they have narrowed down their selection. I think I am going to modify my signature to include the saws I use. If people have questions about those saws they can email me.... icons would be cooler though Bob
              CAЯL HIRD-RUTTEЯ
              "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
              Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21

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              • #8
                Originally posted by CanadianScroller
                I think I am going to modify my signature to include the saws I use. If people have questions about those saws they can email me...
                Good idea, Carl. Being a consumate copy cat, I'm going to do the same .

                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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                • #9
                  What saws do you own

                  Hey everyone,
                  Here is a place to post what saws you own. If you own a saw that I haven't included inthe list, please PM me and I'll add it to the list.

                  I've also merged the posts from the other saw poll thread onto this one.

                  I've also set it up so people can see what sort of saws you own. If you want, I can change that, but I thought it would be cool to see what kind of saws everyone has!

                  Bob
                  Last edited by BobD; 02-10-2006, 09:42 AM.
                  www.GrobetUSA.com

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Gill
                    Good idea, Carl. Being a consumate copy cat, I'm going to do the same .

                    Gill
                    I think a smarty pants would be more appropriate you have links too LOL
                    CAЯL HIRD-RUTTEЯ
                    "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
                    Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21

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                    • #11
                      What Saw's do I Own

                      Price was certainly a consideration for me when I first started scrolling. I wasn't going to spend a lot of money for a hobby I might not like.Silly me. My wife bought me a delta ss350 great saw great price EASY BLADE changes.
                      I out grew it fairly quickley and bought an RBI G4. Really great saw. And eventually I will get a used Hegner for club meetings.(the Delta is Heavy and the RBI heavier). I think the people designing the low end saws need to talk to real scrollers, the blade changing on some of the new saws is next to impossible especially the bottom clamp. I worry that people who buy some of these saws will get frustrated and give up this wonderful hobby. It can't cost that much more to manufacture a saw with accesible clamps.
                      Unfortunately there is no way to try these saws unless you have access to a local club. Although if I had the chance to try different saws I would have immediately wanted a Hegner or an RBI and been dissatisfied with anything less. I have never seen an Excalibur.
                      My opinion only.
                      Rolf
                      RBI G4 26 Hawk, EX 16 with Pegas clamps, Nova 1624 DVR XP
                      Philosophy "I don't know that I can't, therefore I can"
                      Proud Member of the Long Island Woodworkers Club
                      And the Long Island Scrollsaw Association

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                      • #12
                        Bob D;
                        Thanks a bunch for taking care of that so quickly after you were notified of it.
                        Much appreciated.
                        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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                        • #13
                          Your gonna have to add more brands when Rick Hutcheson votes!
                          Fred


                          There's a fine line between woodworking and insanity, I'm just not sure which side of the line I'm on!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Woodbutcher68
                            Your gonna have to add more brands when Rick Hutcheson votes!
                            maybe he can just hit other 4 or 5 hundred times
                            CAЯL HIRD-RUTTEЯ
                            "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
                            Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21

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                            • #15
                              I've maxed out the options for the poll...so...

                              Bob
                              www.GrobetUSA.com

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