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Old 12-13-2013, 07:35 AM   #1
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I recently acquired an older Craftsman scroll saw model 113.20720 made in
the mid sixties. have since found that the blade guides are badly worn
and missing pieces. these are no longer available. would like to
know if anyone has used an older scroll saw without the guides.
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Old 12-13-2013, 10:15 AM   #2
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Is that the thing they sell us to hold down the wood and to keep our fingers out of the blades?? If so most of the scrollers remove it because it just gets in the way and just takes longer to make cut changes.
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I took the hold down shoe off my saw as it is big and bulky and it gets in the way. If it is the clamps that hold the blades, then I can't see why you can't get them. Even a generic clamps should work. Good luck Fay
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If by blade guides you mean the part shown with the red arrow in the attached photo I would not be concerned. Take it off completely as it will only get in your way. If it is not that part perhaps a photo for us would help answer your question.
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Old 12-13-2013, 02:39 PM   #5
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part indicated by red arrow is the hold down. blade guides contain the blade
from side to side and from too much deflection to the rear. many of the newer
scroll saws do not have them at all.
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Old 12-13-2013, 02:55 PM   #6
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here is a picture of the blade guide for my saw. there is an upper
and a lower.
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Band saws have blade guides I have never seen any such thing on any scroll saw.
How long are the blades on your saw?
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I agree with Rolf, those look like bandsaw guides, could you post a picture of your saw.

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Rhal, I too have one of the old craftsman scrollsaws that has the blade guides as part of the hold down. The guides limit the amount of blade travel to the side as well as to the back. It uses pin type blades. I haven't used this saw in many years but still have it for memories. I first bought it when I was 16 years old.
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