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Old 12-01-2013, 11:03 PM   #1
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I will be buying a new saw shortly, and I haven't decided if I want to buy a stand and work from a stool or mount it to a table and work from a chair. I was wondering what is the preference of you guys who have spent hours over a saw. Also is there an ideal height for sawing that is least taxing on arms, shoulders and eyes. I fractured my back several years ago and while it healed well, with age Arthur has reared it ugly head and made to long in a hunched position a pain. So what's your favorite way? Mike
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Mike , I have a Dewalt 788, and it has a factory stand, I put a 2" X 4" under the back legs (now I think they odder an extension to raise the back, saw one the other day) and I use a padded swivel stool with a back, but I only use the back when I need to relax for a bit.
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I have this stool, from Northern Tools. Height is adjustable. I recently lowered it to relieve my back.
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I have two saws on stands. One on a stand made for standing and one strictly for sitting. I use a roll around office chair with a back on it. I often sit at the "stand up" level saw and this puts the table level just below my chin. This keeps my back up straight and my eyes close to the cut.
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Best advice I can offer is to try & find a chair you can easily adjust for height. You may find that moving the seat slightly up or down during long cutting sessions may lessen your fatigue. Plan for changing the placement of your feet as well. Regardless of what chair you use and what height the saw is set at, few people are comfortable in the same position for long periods of time. You need to be able to shift your position a bit while cutting. Also take frequent breaks to stretch and relax tensed up muscles, as well as your eyes.
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Some of it will depend on how tall you are. For me I have both a Dewalt and a Hawk scroll saw. Both are on factory stands but not on rollers. I sit on a wooden stool and that works for me.
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I stand while scrolling and the height of the saw is fine for me. I some times have to stop the saw to rest for a few minutes, but I at least finish the cut I'm doing before stopping the saw, unless I have trouble with the blade or lose one of the clamps and I tend to lose the lower one. Then I'll sit for a few minutes and put in another blade and start sawing for awhile. The Moto saw is lower than the Shop Fox and I tend to lean a bit while cutting on that saw. I only use that saw for smaller things. I feel better standing at my saw as I can see the line just fine. Take care and have a great day Fay
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