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Old 12-23-2013, 02:13 PM   #1
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Hello i'm new hope i do this right. My scroll saw just failed . Iwould like opines on best saw to buy
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Welcome! Search this forum for your answer. These guys have a ton of advice & lots of opinions. When they start to reply they will need some information first like what type of items do you like to make? Good luck. Merry Christmas!
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Welcome Merle. There are lot of saws on the market from about $200 to $2,000. Must of the cheapies(Sears, Ryobi) are not very good. Delta has a couple models but the company is in trouble and parts/services does not really exist. In the mid range market you have Dewalt for about $500 and the Excalibur for about $750. On the $1,000 plus range you have the Hawk, Hegner and Eclipse.
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Old 12-23-2013, 03:31 PM   #4
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And I heard that Eclipse is for sale.
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Old 12-24-2013, 11:37 AM   #5
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Welcome to the forum from TN. Everyone has their opinion on saws. I have both a DeWalt and Excalibur. My only suggestion is to buy the best you can afford.
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Old 12-24-2013, 06:48 PM   #6
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NC Scroller pretty much summed it up!

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Yes ... as Denny wrote, buy the best you can afford. I think the choice of a saw depends on what kind of scroll saw projects you want to do. If all you plan to do is fretwork, then a hobby grade saw like a DeWalt will suit you fine. These are very user friendly saws. If you plan to cut thicker woods (3/4") in doing intarsia, compound cutting, toy making, bowl making, inlay,or thicker stack cutting, in my experience you need a more durable saw if you want it to last much over a year. Many folks swear by their DeWalt that they have had for many years but I suspect they are mainly doing fretwork on thin woods. I do not do fretwork and killed a Dewalt in 20 months cutting thicker woods. I have read others buy a new one or get it rebuilt every 18 months. My friend who makes toys from 1 1/2" pine and poplar goes through a DeWalt saw motor one a year. After 5 motors he has tossed out his DeWalt also. I have a Hegner that is 27 years old that runs fine and a Jet that is only 25 years old that I use most every day now. These saws have induction motors not the brushed kind. I can still get parts for my Hegners. (Jet no longer offers a scroll saw.) I can only speak to DeWalt, Harbor Freight, Jet and Hegner saws. These are the ones I have owned.
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