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    Hi everyone.... I've not been on here in awhile. My father-in-law passed & I haven't been online much.
    I'd like some advice on scroll saws. Which one do you recommend for fret work? My husband loves fret, I like making Parrots windchimes. LOL
    Which by the way, I completed a new one, but can't upload the picture. (too large) I have tried to re-size it... but still can't upload.

  • #2
    Feel free to e-mail the photo to me at [email protected]. I'll take a look. Sometimes the board is tempermental!

    As far as depends more on how much you are looking to spend. Entry level saws (how's that for a euphanism) run between $100 and $300...Mid range saws are $500-700, and the high end go on from there...

    Bob Duncan
    Technical Editor

    BTW...sorry to hear about your father-in-law! You and your family are definately in my thoughts!!!


    • #3
      parrot lover, go to Rick has a lot of good information on a number of saws. This will help you choose one. Good luck with whichever saw you decide on.
      Mick, - Delta P-20

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      • #4
        Good link Mick. And if you have any questions about the saws, you can pet that someone here on the board has the kind you're looking at!



        • #5

          you might want to check the thread on "my delta's a dud" under tools and blades. a few good opinions on saws

          Might want to watch getting A DELTA shopmaster though. I have had some problems and I think the shopmaster is what other people are having troubles with as well.
          Last edited by kyscroller; 02-22-2007, 08:14 PM.


          • #6
            I bought a DeWalt DW788 a few weeks ago, it cost just under $500, with the stand, and so far I love it. It's so smooth and cuts so easy. It makes the hobby more fun.


            • #7
              I started with $200 saw ,(made in Tiawan). The good thing about it is that it had variable speed and also a quick jig for easy blade changes. A few years ago I bought a DeWalt 788. I've never been more productive. If you're new to the scroll saw, consider getting a foot pedal. It gives you a great amount of control.
              Keep us posted of what you end up getting for a saw and show us what you end up making. Make some sawdust.

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              • #8
                I just got a new Sears tool catalog and it looks like they now handle DeWalt. They list the DW788 for $449.00. It seems everyone on here that has one loves it. That will probably be my next. I like my Delta but would love to have the convenience of speed control and easier blade changing like the DW788 has.
                Delta 16" 40-530
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                • #9
                  I ran across this page on scroll saw buying you might want to check it out. I have seen on many threads where the dewalt is lead dawg. This site kind of confirms it



                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Pop
                    I just got a new Sears tool catalog and it looks like they now handle DeWalt. They list the DW788 for $449.00. It seems everyone on here that has one loves it. That will probably be my next. I like my Delta but would love to have the convenience of speed control and easier blade changing like the DW788 has.

                    Loved my Delta too Pop until I got the DeWalt DW788, didn't know what I was missing, wouldn't go back the other way for anything. And I do really like Delta, (table saw, jointer, shaper & drill press)
                    Just my 2 cents worth
                    Troy from Alabama

                    Scrollin' with DeWalt DW788


                    • #11
                      Sorry about your loss! I have been wondering what happened with you, and where youve been, and how your bird cuttings are coming along.
                      As for a saw for fretwork, it pretty much boils down to how much you can afford to spend. I am confident you would be really happy with a yella saw (dewalt), and there has been a couple recently purchased ones other forum members recieved, and seems all the quality issues from a a few months ago are all taken care of. Sorry for your loss, and glad to see you back! dale
                      Dale w/ yella saws


                      • #12
                        Thanks everyone for your responses. I think I am going to get the DeWalt788
                        My husband bought the Delta ShopMaster for me for Christmas. I absolutely HATE it. But, since I am NEW at scrolling, I guess I can't complain. The blades are difficult to change.
                        I have just about completed another parrot windchime. As soon as I get it finished, I will try to upload photos of it. My husband recently completed photos of Hank Williams Sr, Ronald Reagan & Geranimo. He is working on one of himself for me. And, one of his dad. When all of those are done, I'll see if I can upload the pictures.
                        Thanks again everyone.... I love this site. And, appreciate the help.
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