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  • NRscroller
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    I have a type 1 Dewalt which I used for a while and then I came across a hegner 18vs a few years ago and have used that steadily since.
    I find the hegner has a straighter cut and I make a lot of small ornaments and such with 1/8 bb plywood. I still have my type 1 Dw788 and keep it for a backup saw if I need one

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  • Jim Finn
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    Originally posted by dwssr2 View Post
    Hi,,,after shopping online for about 6 months, I finally got a really good deal on a 11 year old Hegner Polymax. This is the first good newer saw I ever used, besides a 20 year old RBI with a ac fasco motor, which I only got to use about one minute. The RBI was very close and may have been a great saw but the owner would not tell me how much they wanted for it, they refused my offer. I do not have any experience to compare this saw with any others. I believe the Dewalt, Excalibur, or RBI would have been satisfactory.
    My Hegner seems to be in good shape for a 11 year old saw. I think this may not be the best saw for fret work and a lot of starting and stopping. But I am looking forward to getting a lot of use out of it, including fret work. Since I am new to scroll sawing I have a lot to learn. So out of a score of 1 to 10, 10 being the best, I would give this 10 year old saw a 7.5 Dan in PA

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  • dwssr2
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    Hi,,,after shopping online for about 6 months, I finally got a really good deal on a 11 year old Hegner Polymax. This is the first good newer saw I ever used, besides a 20 year old RBI with a ac fasco motor, which I only got to use about one minute. The RBI was very close and may have been a great saw but the owner would not tell me how much they wanted for it, they refused my offer. I do not have any experience to compare this saw with any others. I believe the Dewalt, Excalibur, or RBI would have been satisfactory.
    My Hegner seems to be in good shape for a 11 year old saw. I think this may not be the best saw for fret work and a lot of starting and stopping. But I am looking forward to getting a lot of use out of it, including fret work. Since I am new to scroll sawing I have a lot to learn. So out of a score of 1 to 10, 10 being the best, I would give this 10 year old saw a 7.5 Dan in PA

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  • Dutchman118
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    Like Jan, I started with the Craftsman 16 and decided quickly to upgrade. Thankfully cost was not an issue and after considerable research I settled on the Excalibur 21. The difference is amazing, but then again so is the cost difference. But the point can't be made any clearer as to which Scroll saw is the best. I chose the EX 21 because I couldn't find one used for sale anywhere on the internet when I went shopping. I found lots of DeWalts and most of the other brands listed but no Excaliburs. that told me that those who owned them, didn't let them go. Having owned mine for some time I can see why. The Craftsman is in the garage waiting for the occasional easy cut, the Excalibur is in the house getting used everyday! Couldn't ask for a better Saw.

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  • tgiro
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    Can there be a new version of this? I last responded to this years ago when I was using an old Dremel 1830. I have since grown through a DW788 and have settled on the EX-21 (for now) :}

    My bet is that many others have done the same. Plus - there are some new saws out there, or new saw vendors/manufacturers.

    This probably needs to be upgraded to correctly display current preferences.

    Thanks to whoever did the work on this. If I had the foggiest notions of programming or web survey database/graphing, I'd try it. But for this, I have to rely on others wisdom & knowledge - with a grateful thanks.

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  • Wild Bill
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    I just got a porter-cable from Lowe's($200) I was using a craftsman I got at a garage sale for $40. The insert on the PC is plastic and sets below the level of the table causing board chatter or hopping. I took a piece of 3/16 aluminum and made a new insert. chatter and hopping went away. The motor drags when you make square corners but is getting better the more I use it.

    I like this saw very much. Blade changes are a lot quicker and feeding blades for inside cuts are a lot faster. But I only have the old craftsman to compare to. Wanted to get DW788 but budget wouldn't allow it.

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  • Nitro222
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    I own a Haw, which I have he for several years. Originally I purchased a Delta, after a couple of years I upgraded to the Hawk. I liked the blade clamp system on the Hawk much better then the Delta.

    When I decided to buy the new one, I considered a Hegner and went with the Hawk, never regretted the decision. I have had it at least 12 years, and although I do not use it as much as most of you, I have never had any trouble with it.

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  • dirtrider73068
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    GaryT

    There are two types of scroll saws you have parallel and parallel link, the first one is like what you get on lower end saw the arms move in sync but when the up down motion happens the blade tends to curve or move front to back slightly these saws are good for aggressive cutting and make it hard for fine detail cut, the second saw like what the dewalt and excalibur is makes the arms motion smooth up down the blade moves straight up down making detail cuts very nice but the cut is slower not as aggressive.

    There should not be any side to side movement some and most saws have a set screw on one of the blade clamp and thumb screw on the other useing these adjustments you align the blade side to side to get ride of that movement. Being a 400 dollar saw it should have better quality than that, about 200 more you can get a excalibur saw and its alot better. I don't know anything about proxxon saws other than they are green and yellow in color lol. See if you can use that set screw and adjust your side to side movement see if that helps will take time to get it right and trial and error, if you can put the saw on slowest speed, useing a edge of scrape wood run saw after each adjustment see of the side motion goes away or gets worse. Hope this helps.

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  • dirtrider73068
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    Originally posted by ramonerl View Post
    Well, I guess I'll put in my two cents worth. Hope it helps someone.
    I have the Porter Cable scroll saw from Lowes. It seems like a nice saw. It was within my price range (around $200.00). Runs pretty smooth. I put a custom hardboard surface on the table, though. The aluminum table just wasn't smooth enough for me. I couldn't seem to move the pieces around very well. Works fine with the hardboard. And I would like to have a different way of installing the pinless blades. It's a little awkward. Seems to work ok. I need more practice and experience with the saw in order to feel more comfortable, I guess.
    That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.
    Ray
    Have you tried applying the johnsons paste wax to the table? Makes the wood slide alot better, you put on like car wax, apply it ot the table wait till dries to a haze then use a clean cloth to buff off. I do this to my tables on my old craftsman and on my EX it helps.

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  • Carl E Jacobs
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    The DeWalt 788 ,was my fourth scroll saw , Kept #2&#3 mounted for the grand kids to play around with and rough quick work w/ cut off band saw blade in the shop! The DeWalt 788 Type one ,is user friendly ,Rick"s ,made it a pleasure to adjust and maintain when required (seldom) .The large cast iron hollow table ,has allowed a excellent invisible vacuum system( Critical to me) DIY to be installed to eliminate all dust and blowers fans etc.,super easy to modify w/ catch tray .single point swing lit mag.and vac upper .Tapered table, all make it a great saw ,I do Not run production ,but I know ,I run it as much as most scrollers ever will . They work great right out of the box ,but as age and COPD raised there ugly heads ,I was double glad I had a saw that could be modified to my changing needs ,I have no need or plans to change saws access to parts and information can't be beat ,and No I am not connected to DeWalt in any way shape or Form.

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  • Pinelog
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    Ray,
    Did you get one of the newly released Porter Cable saws or the now older model?? If you did get the newer one, how is the new LED light?

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  • ramonerl
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    Well, I guess I'll put in my two cents worth. Hope it helps someone.
    I have the Porter Cable scroll saw from Lowes. It seems like a nice saw. It was within my price range (around $200.00). Runs pretty smooth. I put a custom hardboard surface on the table, though. The aluminum table just wasn't smooth enough for me. I couldn't seem to move the pieces around very well. Works fine with the hardboard. And I would like to have a different way of installing the pinless blades. It's a little awkward. Seems to work ok. I need more practice and experience with the saw in order to feel more comfortable, I guess.
    That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.
    Ray

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  • dirtrider73068
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    I started with a skil brand was a waste of time and money simply put I took it back pretty fast, ended up with a craftsman saw like this one Sears.com

    Over all it was a good saw, cut with no problem, ran great would be a good entry level saw to see if you wanted to get into scroll sawing. I did my own little tweaks to it, removed the hold foot right off, used the thumb screw for the hold down on teh upper blade clamp on the ride side as I am right handed, so this made it easy to change holes as I am a top feeder, the table top is awful, has major machining marks to the point you can feel the ridges and are rough, I took the table off and sanded smooth as I could which helped alot, the blower is useless, get a big aquarium pump and use that instead, I also found out the arm bushings are not lubed that well, it takes a big allen wrench remove the arm bolts, and out a light coat of wheel bearing grease on the bushings and bolts it will run smoother, this can be done with the arm on the saw and would highly recommend this step before even turning the saw on, don't ask how I know. And once in a while remove the arm bolts and keep it greased, I didn't and the bushings wore out. It does have blade movement front to back, but like the EX has the motor adjustment, I was able to get mine set to reduce that movement, it is loud, does vibrate pretty good but helps to bolt it down and use a old carpet or rug under it will reduce this greatly.

    Over all its good starter saw to get you going if keeping the arm bushings greased up should help with them lasting as mine lasted about a year and now sits in the shed unsueable till I spend what I bought the saw for in parts to fix it. If I was to rate this saw I would give a 5 out of 10, if the arm bushing were bearings it would be alot better off.

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  • kerfline
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    I purchased a DeWalt 788 type 2 new four years ago and it's running great. I had to do two minor fixes to it and it was easy to do. The front to back blade movement and tensioning rod adjustment and they both can be found at Rick's Scroll saw Rick's Scrollsaw.
    I will say this, no matter what saw you purchase there is a certain amount of maintenance that is required. Especially if you plan to run your saw hard every day cutting thick wood. Once the warrantee has expired,I think is a good idea to get into these saws and grease them. You could avoid unnecessary repairs if you do. I just ordered another DW788. I love the saw. Just my opinion.

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  • Stoney
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    Originally posted by wood-n-things View Post
    I'm going to guess you will hate the blade changing too. go for the excaliber 21 or 30 much less money super easy blade changing (same as your dewalt) & the head tilts and that is a great feature.
    I agree Mike on blade changes and I know because I have owned a Hegner 22V for five years.

    I will not recommend a Hegner brand saw because of the blade clamps they currently use.

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