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    I have a Sears/Craftsman 16-inch Direct Drive Scroll Saw. It originally took only pinned blades so I put on the Craftsman Scroll Saw Blade Conversion Kit (22259). I have used this saw for over 15 years and like it based on what I can afford. This one is single speed which is all that I have known so that doesn't bother me. I do some nice work on it, but do not do this to make $. Just for fun.

    A tip I have is to reconfigure the upper blade holder. See first attached picture. I put in a screw to go from right to left with a lock washer and torqued it down good. I then put on a wing nut to tighten in the blade. This is a lot less cumbersome along with the original bolt spinning pushing the blade off center. I took a knob which you can see in the picture and cut a slit in it with a hack-saw to fit over the wing nut. Makes quick work of tightening and loosening the upper blade.

    I read other posts about issues with the lower clamp. #5 blades break often where it gets clamped in and forget #2s and spiral blades. About 1/8" of blade breaks off each time. I believe the reason for this is that when it clamps the thinner blades is it pinches more toward the tip. I rarely have #7s break and, not that I use #9s much, don't break either. These thicker blades get clamped in with the opening still more parallel. See second attached picture. #7 blade in the clamp.
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  • #2
    Squeege,
    That is some good information. Thanks for charing.
    FD Mike
    SD Mike

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    • #3
      One bit of added information: I have to cut off 1/4" from all my blades. Saw will bottom out with full length blades. Quick snip is all to that.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Squeege View Post
        One bit of added information: I have to cut off 1/4" from all my blades. Saw will bottom out with full length blades. Quick snip is all to that.
        My Hegner saw will take full length blades but it will also take shorter ones. When my blades seem dull I cut off the bottom 3/8" and reinstall and i have new teeth to use. One of my saws has a 3/8" stroke , the other has 3/4" stroke so I cut 3/4" off of blades for the longer stroke saw. I use tin snips to cut the blades.
        Hegner Polymax- 3,Hegner Multimax-3,
        "No PHD, just a DD 214"

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        • #5
          Interesting information.
          "Still Montana Mike"

          "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
          Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC

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          • #6
            thank you i was looking into buying one of these i think i will thanks for the post

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