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    Ok well right now I have a Dewalt 788 and a Dremel 1800 scroll saw. It is time to purchase a new saw and keep the dewalt as a spare.
    What to buy...
    I have full experience with the Dewalt and Love it!
    But would like some advice on the p-20 from some people that have may have used both of these and see which they like better or which one is better.
    How does the p-20 stand up to the test of time, loading of blades, ect.
    Is the Delta worth the extra bucks?
    Just looking for some thoughts.

    I am a Top Feeder and I love it

    Thanks in advance.
    Crfty
    Newfield, New York Scroller
    Dewalt 788 & Dremel 1800
    http://www.CraftyNYScrolling.com

  • #2
    I had 2 bad P-20's, but Delta didn't give me any trouble and gave me new ones. The one I have now is working just fine.


    Bob
    Delta P-20 & Q-3

    I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me!

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    • #3
      I have had my P-20 for 3 years and can't say enough good things about it. Maybe Bill Young will chime in here and give you his opinion of both saws, he has owned both.
      Mick, - Delta P-20

      A smile is a small curve that straightens everything out.

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      • #4
        I started with a Delta and now have the DeWalt. I'm 100% DeWalt all the way. Most intarsia folks I know have this saw and swear by it.
        Janette
        www.square-designs.com

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        • #5
          My first saw was a 16" Delta but I can't remember the model number. It required tools to change blades and had a rubber bushing in the upper blade clamp assembly that wore out about every six months. A real PIA!!! I've heard some really good comments about the P-20 but have never used or even seen one. I love my old yellow 788 and will keep it until it self destructs!!
          If it don't fit, don't force it....get a bigger hammer!!

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          • #6
            With either saw you will be happy. (unless of course, dewalt still has a few of the poorly QCed machines in circulation). On ebay theres a new type1 DW for sale, location "near Buffalo" , it might save shipping if your close to "near buffalo" Dale (sorry, only sawn on a p20 for a couple minutes, didnt change blades, adjust speeds, just cut, and it was smooth running.)
            Dale w/ yella saws

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            • #7
              I am shopping around for a saw and comparing right now. It is difficult to find a place to try out saws around here.
              I was looking at the P-20 and the 788.
              Right now there is a special for the Dewalt 788 with stand and lamp included. It would be $440 CDN. I don't even know how much a saw is suppose to cost.
              Diane
              Dragon
              Owner of a nice 21" Excalibur
              Owner of a Dewalt 788
              PuffityDragon on AFSP

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Dragon
                I am shopping around for a saw and comparing right now. It is difficult to find a place to try out saws around here.
                I was looking at the P-20 and the 788.
                Right now there is a special for the Dewalt 788 with stand and lamp included. It would be $440 CDN. I don't even know how much a saw is suppose to cost.
                Diane

                That seems like a pretty good price, Diane, whever has the deal on. According to the Busy Bee site the full price is C$499 for the saw and C$115 for the stand - they're selling them at C$429 and C$99, which is what I paid for mine (no light).

                Amazon.com is selling them for US$419 - just the saw - mind you they claim they full retail price is $862 - what????????
                Ian

                Scrolling with a Dewalt 788

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                • #9
                  This is in next week's flyer from Home Hardware. I am interested and will have to find a way to get this. Hubby wants me to get this saw and start selling some of the crafts through friends and family. I will have to make sure that I can pay it when the bill comes in.
                  There is a way on plastic that you can have two months to pay something. You buy it just after your "pay by" date and then it gives you a month until the bill comes in and then another month or so until it is due.
                  Diane
                  Dragon
                  Owner of a nice 21" Excalibur
                  Owner of a Dewalt 788
                  PuffityDragon on AFSP

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                  • #10
                    Crafty,
                    What a neat problem to have! I know what Bill Young will tell you. He has had both saws & he picks the P-20 hands down. I had a dremel & now have the DeWalt. Initially I got an early Type 2 saw & had problems with it. DeWalt gave me a new one & it is great! I am presuming your DeWalt is still working just fine & you just want a new saw. If that is the case I believe I would get the P-20. You would have the best of both worlds. Then if for some reason you don't care for the P-20 you can sell it & use the DeWalt until it sells & then get another DeWalt. If you just get another DeWalt without using a P-20 you will always wonder if you made the right choice. I think that if you are careful & buy the P-20 right, that you should be able to sell it without taking a kicking on it. I really like my DeWalt, but Bill has been scrolling forever & he wouldn't keep a P-20 around if he didn't like it a lot better than the less expensive DeWalt. My opinion only.

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                    • #11
                      Diane, I think you would really like the DeWalt saw. I love mine and have had no problems with it. That sounds like a really good price including the stand and light.

                      Chris
                      What! There's no coffee?!!

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                      • #12
                        We looked yesterday for a place to try the saws and came up with nothing. So I cannot try the Delta or even look at it. I did see the Delta SS250 and did not like it at all. That was the only one that Home Depot had.
                        This Dewalt is not in stock but I called the store which is 20 minutes from me and they are ordering one that I can look at without having to buy it. It will be in on Wednesday or Thursday.
                        Things usually have a way of working out. After my last posting, while sitting here counting pennies I got a phone call from someone who wants me to make a quilt for her baby. She will bring me the material next Friday. So if I can make it quick and get some money to put down on a saw.
                        Diane
                        Dragon
                        Owner of a nice 21" Excalibur
                        Owner of a Dewalt 788
                        PuffityDragon on AFSP

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                        • #13
                          I have had a P-20 almost a year and love it.
                          Bill
                          Delta P-20

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                          • #14
                            I have a DW788 Crfty and honestly don't think you can go wrong with it ... especially at that price. I just bought mine here in Ontario last year. Saw + Stand was $599 and I had to fight for that price but I won the fight. I see Sears has the DW788 in their tool list now too. There have been some problems with the DW788 in their newest Type II models but nothing I haven't been able to work around. I love my Dewalt!! Seriously, not a bad thing to say about it. I've only been on a Delta P20 once and it too is a very good saw. I didn't purchase it because I don't like the motor jutting out on the front and I like the engineering of the upper arm on the Dewalt and Excalibur but couldn't afford the Excalibur! LOL

                            Andy
                            Shoot for the moon. If you miss you'll be headed for a star! www.80artdesigns.com

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                            • #15
                              What is the problem with type ll?
                              Diane
                              Dragon
                              Owner of a nice 21" Excalibur
                              Owner of a Dewalt 788
                              PuffityDragon on AFSP

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