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    Black and Decker just sent me a release for a recip. saw with a laser built in to guide it. I don't care (from the editor of SSW&C's perspective) about a recip. saw, but it got me thinking...could you mount an adjustable laser guide on the saw arm? You could adjust it to take into account the blade bias, and then you wouldn't struggle to see the blade against the pattern...

    Just brainstorming...and I have no ego, so shoot me down at will!!!!


  • #2
    but each blade tracks different, and after a minute of scrolling it even starts tracking diffrent.Ill pass on the idea, although, if they have one to try out, give me a holler! Dale
    Dale w/ yella saws


    • #3
      I think I'd rather have one with a thermostatic sensor so that the blade never overheats.

      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)


      • #4
        I want a laser on my saw. I also want some LED's along the arm. That would look awesome in the dark with the saw turned on. Also, I want some more style given to my saw...lets dress it up with more colors. The side arm on my Hawk should bend out and then come back to the center like a bow..and they should add another arm on the left to do the same. I'd install some small spot lights into those arms too, adjustable ones. I'd like to see a lip around the bench that the saw is on, and i'd like the bench to angle down to the center, sort of like a sewer, so the dust is directed to a certain point where it then falls through a hole and into a drawer that can be pulled out and emptied.
        might all sound strange, but i'm not kidding about any of this.
        Jeff Powell


        • #5
          Working-- you can add your own LEDs to your arm if you use some of the ones they use for interior for cars -as far as it glowing in the dark I think that would scare me in a half sleep- lol-I wouldn't want anything to distract me from my moving blade either --those saws hurt when you cut a finger -- and a bow arm I don't understand the reasoning -- as far as a drain for the saw dust you can make one -- I have a plastic bowl- like the ones lunch meat comes in ( with the red lid) under my hole and my saw is tilted so most of the sawdust goes in it- when it gets full I just pull it out and empty it, It also is good for retreving small pieces I didn't mean to cut. small spot lights would be good as long as you didn't over heat your work space ( those lights get warm after a bit)
          Hope you try some of my suggestions - you may have your dream saw after all.

          Sharon: :


          • #6
            A pinpoint laser would be a good idea. If it focused on the spot where the blade sits at rest.
            It would be a pointer to show the exact spot the blade should meet the pattern.
            If you applied too much pressure on the wood you could see the amount that the blade would flex to the rear.
            It would show any deviation in any direction when using a spiral blade.

            I do like Gill's idea of a thermal sensor.
            That really would not be too hard to implement with the sensors that are now available for computers.

            One of my sons just picked up a device that shows temperature and airflow in a 5.25 drive bay.

            That would be cool to mount over the saw along with the laser.
            While we are at it how about an hour meter to indicate not only maintenance schedules but life of the blade.

            Heck we could throw in one of those step counters from a cereal box to tell how many strokes a project took to complete

            Bob I like your idea but then again I am nuts!

            I will stop short at laser for cutting wood. That has its merits but not for me and not for scrolling
            CAЯL HIRD-RUTTEЯ
            "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
            Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21


            • #7
              I have a temperature sensor in my finger and nose. when I smell burning wood or my finger next to the blade smolders I know I have a problem.
              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


              • #8
                I quite understand what you mean, Rolf !

                Wouldn't it be nice, though, if the saw could detect the heat build up and either warn the user or even stop cutting before the burning happened?

                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)


                • #9
                  Thermal sensor

                  Gill I was looking through a surplus catalog and came across just the thing you are looking for. page 250 in the hand tools section
                  An ultra compact IR thermometer.
                  It measures -27 to 110 celsius
                  Distance: spot 1:1
                  runs off two watch style batteries. Costs $29.99.
                  Doesnt even have to touch the blade and could be mounted in any bracket. It looks like a laser pointer.
                  CAЯL HIRD-RUTTEЯ
                  "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
                  Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21


                  • #10
                    How about a tiny hole the length of the blade and run liquid oxygen thru it to cool the blade? Or, a LOX cooler right under the table top surrounding the blade?
                    How about forgetting about the scroll saw and do it all with a laser cutter.



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