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Old 06-18-2009, 06:41 PM   #1
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Couple things.... I have a hard time keeping the blade centered in the pressure foot - what am I doing wrong? How do I know where to set the tension? And lastly, if I turn the speed up high my machine vibrates to the point I can't see the pattern clearly and I cut like a drunk termite (lol), is it me or the machine? Appreciate any and all suggestions.
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Old 06-18-2009, 08:36 PM   #2
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Hi jcathey.What brand of saw do you have?

The only reason people get lost in thought is because it's unfamiliar territory....
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Old 06-18-2009, 10:47 PM   #3
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I may not be in any postion to give out advice (just started myself), but I can tell you about my experiences... My scroll saw was passed down to me, no box, no manual, I know it is a Ryobi.... But the very first problem I had when I turned it on a started a few practice cuts, was, The scroll saw started dancing around-it was vibrating so much. I. of course, freaked out, my husband, who is not a wood worker, saw the problem immediatly-it was NOT bolted down to the work table....It still isn't, but we put some strong spring loaded clamps to keep it still and it worked... Don't know if thats what your talking about or not....

As for adjusting the tension-on mine there is a little disc behind where you put the top of the blade and it has a plus or minus symbol on it. and you turn it accordingly. Yours may be diffrent.

That's all I have to give right now.

But to answer your last question...It's You!

Don't give up. A great site I was refered to and he has videos on youtube-Steve Good-www.scrollsawworkshop.blogspot.com
if you haven't gone there go there, just the videos I've watched sofar have taught me new things....Good Luck!
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Originally Posted by pam828 View Post
I may not be in any postion to give out advice (just started myself), but I can tell you about my experiences...
But to answer your last question...It's You!
PAM! Of course you are in a position to give out advice girl!!!! Your experience means just as much as anybody elses. By that, I am thinking to myself here, something as simple as suggesting the saw be bolted down is something I would have not suggested, yet, its a great bit of advice, and is very correct. So please dont hold back , your advice and thoughts DO help everyone.
As for the pressure foot, dont be concerned so much with keeping the blade centered in that. Probably 99% of scrollers remove that useless foot thing as eventually you will find it gets in the way and is nothing but a PITA.
The tension thing... thats a thing you will have to experiment with.If you are having blade deflection badly, chances are, you need more tension. So, try tightening up the tension a little more, the tighter you can go, the better it will be for you.
It is also possible you are using the wrong combination of blade vs material , depending on what you are cutting, some blades are made for certain things, and that alone makes a huge difference in how it cuts.
Now, I need to know... How does a drunk termite even reach the saws power switch anyways????????
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Old 06-19-2009, 09:40 AM   #5
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I took the foot off mine and hold in place with my hands, gives me more control. it is all in the blades you are using,and speed of saw, tightness of the blade I set by sound on the twang it makes when i tighten it, tighter the better. PS. you have any pixs of a drunk Termite?
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