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Old 01-07-2010, 07:50 PM   #1
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For Christmas my lovely wife got me a Hitachi CW40. I'll say no more as I'm guessing most here know more about it than me. It seems like a nice saw so far. Ok, ok I dropped a few hints!!

I'm originally interested in making one of those wooden clocks with the giant gears. I've had a 12" bandsaw, 10" table saw, router and various other woodworking tools for years. I made porch swings all through college for extra money, circa early 1980's. Recently I've been helping my wife with her crafting hobby in the form of a support guy!! You know make some small wooden crates to put tabletop arrangements in, put together the basics of things. I can't do the artsy painting part.

So be honest, what can I expect from the CW40?? I've read a few reviews that tell me it doesn't hang on to the pinless blades real well.

I haven't had my hands on a scroll saw since 10th grade shop class! (1976)

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I think in its price range, many are pleased with their Hitachi scrollsaw. There are a few hitachi owners in here, hopefully they will chime in as well.
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Old 01-08-2010, 02:46 PM   #3
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I don't have a Hitachi scroll saw but I do have some other Hitachi tools. All seem to fulfill their duties with out problems. Let us see some pictures of your work when you get a chance.

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Old 01-16-2010, 09:22 AM   #4
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Well we just got out of the deep freeze here in Pa this weekend. So the first order of business is taking down the Christmas lights!

The weather is supposed to be above freezing for a few days so it will be easier to heat my shop space. I ordered the combo deal from Fox, the two books of patterns, one having the clock I want to try, at some point. I've found that the baltic-birch plywood isn't all that expensive. In my RC airplane days I called something very similar looking to this "Premium Ply", although that may have been a particular product name. Is the birch they carry at Lowe's close enough for this scroll saw work? I see they have 2'X2' squares on stock.

I looked around a Lowe's, the best I could find were Vermont American blades.

I've got plenty of 3/4" pine laying around so I'm going to try some, fretwork (??), right. With Vaentines day coming I thought I'd try carving out the interior of a heart shape.

More later . . .

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Routerman, I've used those blades, when I first started & they are not good for fret work. At least I didn't like them. I get all my blades from Mikes workshop. They are Flying Dutchman blades & they are great. Mike can help you out with ideas and what blades to use also. He has a starter pack available too. Good Luck. -- Perk
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Old 01-16-2010, 11:41 AM   #6
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I agree the Vermont blades are useless. Get some from a reputable dealer.
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Old 01-16-2010, 07:56 PM   #7
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Taking your advice, just ordered a starter kit of flying dutchmans. A dozen each of 6 different sizes for $21.00. Seemed like a decent deal, he had 100% positive feedback. From Vandalia OH, so they should get herefast.

I got my Fox Chapel books today. Really nice quality, heavy stock, 3d diagrams are great!

Now to get some of that baltic-birch plywood!

Thanks for the heads up on blades!!

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I have the Hitachi and it's a good saw.I've had no problem with pinless blades.I'm sure i'ts not in the league with Dewalt but since i can't afford one now i'm glad to have a saw that has served me well for over a year now.
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Old 02-10-2010, 10:19 PM   #9
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I left a post under beginners scoll saw with some questions about my first scrollsaw cuts last night.
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Old 02-11-2010, 09:56 AM   #10
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I have had my CW40 for nearly two years and the blade slippage I experience is my own fault when I just don`t get them tight enough. I have broken some finer blades from over tightening the tension.

Just for reference, here is a post from back in the summer I put up for some new CW40 owners, it might help you some.

Any other question, feel free to post or PM. While it is not a DeWalt or Excalibur, we cut with what we can afford (for the moment).

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