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Old 06-22-2012, 07:32 AM   #1
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Hey everyone.

So Canadian Tire put their Mastercraft Maximum 16-in. Scroll Saw on sale today for $89.99 (down from $229.99). I am really considering picking up this saw as my starter saw. I realize its a budget saw but I really can't justify spending a lot of money on this just yet.

I was wondering if anyone has this saw, or at least used it in the past. I read the reviews on the website and it gets a 3.6 out of 5. I think it has either a 3 or 5 year warranty with it. This would be more of a test saw to see if I can make some money with it and to get away from the very old saw I am currently using.

Thoughts, concerns, comments and opinions are very welcome here. Help me decide..

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If possible try and see if you can "test drive" the saw. Some of the starter saws might be worse than the saw your using now. If you enjoy scrolling then it might be better to just keep saving for a better saw. A lot of the reviews mention bad vibration which usually is not a good sign when it comes to a scroll saw.
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Just another note:

This saw is a rather big upgrade for me. The saw I am using currently does not have Variable speed, a dust blower, or a light. It cannot take plane blades (pinned only). There is a lot of blade movement front to back and it only has a 13"throat. I have attached so pictures of the saw I am using now along with the blades I am using.

Maybe I should have done this in the first post but the upgrades for me would be,

Variable Speed
Dust collection
Dust Blower
Light
Plane Blades
larger throat
Quick tension lever




Evilbadger, Thanks for the reply. I have tested this saw and the vibration is less then the one I have now.
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Since you have tested the saw already and it does give you some nice upgrades as long as you were comfortable with the way it felt then I would say go for it. For the price it sure is hard to pass up and as long as you are happy what we think really does not matter.
Tools are always a personal preference thing but as long as it fits your budget and you are comfortable with the tool those are the major factors.
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