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    Ok for christmas I have asked for a scroll saw and my husband wants me to find out what is the best one out there. Any info please would be great!!!

    Thank you


    Kris

  • #2
    Do you want to start a war?
    Everyone of us has the best saw as you will find out.
    This is a great group and we all love to give our opinions.

    It really depends on how much money you want to spend.
    I like my Delta SS35o (low end $180)
    Absolutely love my RBI G4 Hawk ( High end $1100)

    The Hegner is also an excelent saw (high)
    Eclipse (high)
    The Dewalt 788 seems to be the most popular (mid Range)
    The Delta P20 is also a very popular saw

    The list goes on. The ones I mentioned are only the ones I am familiar with
    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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    • #3
      Hi Kris,
      A lot depends on what you want to do with the saw. What types of items are you cutting now? What kind of saw did you get last Christmas that you're already wanting to upgrade? This would help us steer you in the right direction.
      There is no 1 best saw, there are several outstanding saws available. Hawk, Hegner, Excalibur, Eclipse, Dewalt and Delta all offer outstanding saws. It's a matter of how much you'll use it, what type of cutting are you doing (or can't do with your current saw), how large are the projects, etc.
      Kevin
      Scrollsaw Patterns Online
      Making holes in wood with an EX-30, Craftsman 16" VS, Dremel 1680 and 1671

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      • #4
        Kevin

        What is an EX30?
        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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        • #5
          EX30 is the 30 inch throat excaliber.(Im not kevin, but thought I could help)

          Now, for Kristinas question.. The best scrollsaw is the one you can afford. Look for ease of blade change, user friendly controls, variable speed, accepts plain end blades,decent dust blower, and little vibration. I personally am happy with my dewalts, but I wont say thats the best. The best I have seen I think would be the Eclipse, but I havent used every other brand out there, just some of them. Dale
          Dale w/ yella saws

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          • #6
            Gee Dale,
            An opening like that and you took it away. LOL

            Yep, it be the purple beast. When I decided to upgrade, for the type of work I like to do I had narrowed it down to the G4 and the Excalibur as the Eclipse had some limitations which didn't suit what I wanted (near the top of the list was top feeding). Once I found out that the EX was purple, it won.
            Seriously though, I have no regrets in my decision. The EX is an outstanding saw.
            Kevin
            Scrollsaw Patterns Online
            Making holes in wood with an EX-30, Craftsman 16" VS, Dremel 1680 and 1671

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            • #7
              hi

              ok i have a ryobi. i like it but i use mostly hard wood and it is really hard. I'm not sure if i using the right blades, but my husband is a carpenter and know so he knows what ones to use. He wants me to get a dewalt, but I want all of your opinion. I make really small animals and things like that. so please help

              thanks

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              • #8
                the more it cost, the better it cuts....

                that's what I keep telling my wife...
                the problem is that I haven't got her up to the half way mark yet...
                until then I'll run my Craftman to the ground!

                I hope this helps...

                Trout
                Last edited by Trout; 12-01-2006, 08:37 PM.
                Hawk G-4 Jetcraft
                Fish are food, not friends!

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                • #9
                  Trout, I did that with my Craftsman in about 2 1/2 years, gave it to my cousin and he hasn't spoken to me since. And that is not a bad thing.
                  Chuck D


                  When a work lifts your spirits and inspires bold and noble thoughts in you, do not look for any other standard to judge by: the work is good, the product of a master craftsman.
                  Jean De La Bruyere...

                  l
                  Hegner 18, Delta p-20, Griz 14 inch Band saw

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                  • #10
                    Kris, you really can't go wrong with the DeWalt saw. I would however recommend that you buy it at a place where you can try the saw out. DeWalt has had some problems for the last year or so with table flatness and excessive distance between the blade clamps on the "Type 2" saws. I have a Type 2 and am perfectly happy with it. I would, if I were you, try the saw you intend to purchase to ensure that you will be happy with it once you get it home. Hope this helps some.
                    If it don't fit, don't force it....get a bigger hammer!!

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                    • #11
                      Best VALUE for a saw would be the DW788 or the P-20, and I would look very hard at the P-20 for your type of cutting, because top-feeding and variable speed would be minor benefits, I would think, in exchange for iffy QC and durability.

                      For best saw without regard to cost, the saws I would really, really, like to try are the Eclipse, the EX-21, and any Hegner. I have an RBI 220 and it is a nice saw to use (great blade change) but vibrates a bit too much at certain speeds and seems to lack something in cutting speed.

                      Re: blades, if you are not using Pegas, FD, or Olson, you have got the wrong blades. I suggest starting a new thread about cutting very hard woods, because it would make a good topic. Or, try searching for posts by workin for wood as he has recently given some good pointers for very hard woods.

                      Pete
                      Last edited by PeteB; 12-02-2006, 01:52 AM.

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