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Old 08-02-2011, 03:24 AM   #1
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Unhappy I've broken two saws in 3 months...

I started scrolling in April of this year and immediately fell in love with fretting. I was given a Ryobi in May but very quickly it began vibrating excessively and the tensioning system became floppy shortly before the motor burned out. Due to this and what I felt were some design flaws I replaced it with a heavier duty Porter Cable saw, which I fell in love with immediately and got some really great work done but it too began to vibrate and soon the cover for the wiring broke loose and then the tensioning system broke. Could any or all of this be from the fretting or something I am doing wrong? Would one of the speed load addapters help?
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:02 AM   #2
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I SERIOUSLY DOUBT that your choice of fretwork would cause any problems with the saws...A variable speed saw is a bonus but I do not know of an add on for making a non VS saw Variable speed. The motors are not wired for this.
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Old 08-03-2011, 07:41 PM   #3
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I've made a number of minor repairs to my Porter Cable. The tensioner in the base I had to replace the bolts on, I've had bolts loosen, I put too high a wattage bulb in and melted part of the light attachment (doh!, what is that smell, oh crap it's the paint boiling!)

It's not a perfect saw, but for what I paid and with a little tool man ingenuity it's been good to me.

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Hate to say this but I believe the issue is the quality of the saws you used. I would try to find a Dewalt 788 or a VS Delta saw.
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There are a lot of saws that cut well but few that last very long. I finaly went to a Hegner and it has lasted a few years now. Even my DeWalt died after 20 Months.
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Not sure what you did to your Dewalt Jim? Mine has lasted 13 years.

Frankie - you do get what you pay for. If you can pay more you (usually) get better quality. If you plan on doing lots of scrolling, it is well worth paying more and getting the best saw you can afford. The magazine did a comparison on the different saws some time ago - did you see that issue?
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I started with Ryobi and ended up destroying the blade holders trying to make it hold pinless blades. I purchased a Craftsman 18" and so far it has served me well. I would like a DeWalt, but I cant afford it now. As far as vibration is concerned, make sure the saw is mounted to a good stand. I had problems with vibration too and I built a heavy stand then bolted the saw to that and the vibration problem was solved.

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I have owned a lower quality, lower priced scrollsaw and had an ok experience with it although you have to have more patience with them. I have finally broke down and purchased the Dewalt 788 and consider it one of the best. I am not a rich man and refused to pay retail for a new one. I was patient and kept checking Craigslist for my saw and with due diligence found a fairly new Dewalt that someone had bought, used it for a year and lost interest. Through negotiation I managed to acquire it , as well as the stand, some new blades, and some left over wood for a quarter of the price of retail. Probably the same price you paid for the Ryobi. In this economy we all have to be smarter in how we do business for our 'hobby'.
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