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    I'm losing my one car garage due to not being able to afford the rent on it. So I am going to have to get rid of my Total Shop scroll saw as it simply is too big. I don't need a deep machine at all cutting out model rockets parts, and it needs to take up very little space. Any suggestions?

  • #2
    This is a quote from Steve Good
    The 16" King scroll saw will cut 95% of all the patterns you see on my blog. Maybe more. Just make sure you think through what you believe you will want to cut before you decide on a 16" scroll saw over a 21" model. If you are confident that the 16" model will meet your future needs then this is a well made saw
    I have a EX-21 but if I had to replace I would look seriously at a 16 inch King.

    When I saw this quote I thought about the projects I do and I think it would be closer to 99% and there are ways around it by drilling multiple starting holes or spirals.
    Don McFarland ​Member - Durham Woodworking Club http://www.durhamwoodworkingclub.com/

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    • #3
      I used to say don't limit yourself by buying a small saw. After 18 years of scrolling (yikes) I have changed my opinion. I have a Hawk G4 26 and a used EX16 with Pegas clamps. I have only had one project in the last year that required the depth of the Hawk. The 16 inch saw has been wonderful.

      The Hawk is great when I do large fretwork like the gingerbread on my shed.

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      Last edited by Rolf; 07-09-2022, 08:15 AM.
      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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      • #4
        To bad Pegas does not make a 16" scroll saw. With that said, I too would recommend the King 16".
        Denny
        ArtCrafters in Dayton, TN

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        • #5

          Another vote for the 16” King. I believe Woodcraft sells them in their retail stores.
          Scott
          Creator of fine designer sawdust.

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          • #6
            I guess I should have added a really cheap used machine

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            • #7
              If you are doing models etc. You definitely want a saw that allows you to use pin less blades. I paid $250 for my EX 16 with the Pegas clamps.
              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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              • #8
                Originally posted by Rolf View Post
                If you are doing models etc. You definitely want a saw that allows you to use pin less blades. I paid $250 for my EX 16 with the Pegas clamps.
                I bought the blade assortment for $56 so I'm definitely sticking with them. I'm living on SS so I've been find saws for under $50 quite regularly which is my limit. The part that is discouraging is seeing the new blue version of the orange "Total Shop" saw I have, selling for $800 new and not being able to sell mine, which is in like new condition, and not being able to get $110 for it.😭

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                • #9
                  Do you have a model # for your saw? I can't seem to find any images or information about it.
                  What brand and type of blades are in that assortment? are they pinned?
                  Last edited by Rolf; 07-14-2022, 08:07 AM.
                  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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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Rolf View Post
                    Do you have a model # for your saw? I can't seem to find any images or information about it.
                    What brand and type of blades are in that assortment? are they pinned?
                    I have the Total Shop saw, don't have the model number handy, it uses pinless blades




                    this is the assortment of blades
                    https://www.pswood.com/best-buy/
                    Last edited by Hobie1dog; 07-14-2022, 05:32 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Which brands of scroll saws use pinless blades?

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                      • #12
                        Most new saws under $200 use pinned blades. Your saw looks like an excellent saw. Have you considered taking it off of the stand and using it on a table or bench? I think you will really regret going to a different saw. And you will probably not gain the space saving you are expecting.
                        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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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Rolf View Post
                          Most new saws under $200 use pinned blades. Your saw looks like an excellent saw. Have you considered taking it off of the stand and using it on a table or bench? I think you will really regret going to a different saw. And you will probably not gain the space saving you are expecting.
                          I live in a condo and don't have anywhere for a workspace, only indoor bedrooms, so no workbench🤬 I have a really small closet out on the 8x8 patio but this is WAY too big for it as it is already 80% full

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                          • #14
                            Have you considered a folding work bench/table that you can clamp your saw to?
                            Scott
                            Creator of fine designer sawdust.

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                            • #15
                              I sold my saw yesterday. There doesn't seem to be any saws less than 15" throat. Seems there would be an application for a 12" throat model. I'm going to get a Workmate folding table, the newest lightweight model that looks like a tv dinner folding table.

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