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Old 06-23-2014, 12:14 PM   #1
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Hello to all.
I'm a retiree with some carpentry experience. I'm looking at scrollsaws to purchase. My budget is $400-$600 or so. I have no experience other than jigsaw, tablesaw, etc. Very interested in learning to build small projects, fish and animal wall hangings, other doodads. If anyone has any suggestions, I am a very motivated student. I'm looking forward to future discussions.
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Old 06-23-2014, 02:02 PM   #2
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Let me be the first to welcome you. You made a good start by joining this forum, it slows down a bit during the summer but gets pretty active in the cooler months.
I will let the others wade in here on what saw to buy only because my favorite Hawks are at the high end of the spectrum.
Where do you live? maybe there is a club near you.
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Old 06-23-2014, 03:05 PM   #3
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I live in Suwannee, FL. I'm what is known as a "Florida Cracker"....born and raised here. A dying breed, I'm afraid. Finally retired and hope to have time for a hobby. I'll probably be making gifts for friends and relatives, and some things for home, etc. I'm a guitarist, so may try to design a guitar body or two.
Thanks for the response, Rolf.
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Welcome Steve! I'm Floyd (Montana Wood Guy) and I live in Missoula Montana. There are many good things going on this forum. I'm sure you will be inspired here.
Let us see some pictures along the way. At present I have a DeWalt 788 and a RBI 220 VS. You will find something good in your price range I'm sure. I have a daughter in FL - so might be one those tourists someday.
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Thanks, Floyd.
I'm looking at a DW788 as a starter saw. Don't want to buy a Cadillac until I see if this is something that I will stick with. How do you like yours?
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I just bought a Dewalt 788 thru Grizzly Machine. On sale now for $500 with stand and light. I love it. I had a Porter Cable for my starter, that was junk.
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Hi again Steve,
I have had my DeWalt about 9 years. I have the stand, foot switch, and magnifying lamp. I haven't had any problems with it at all, so I would recommend one for you. My first saw was a RBI before they made the variable speed and changed the blade clamps - a pain. I do like the RBI 220 - nice improvements. You might find a good used saw, but check one out carefully. Always good advice here is available. The buy at Grizzly sounds like a good buy.
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Welcome to a great forum. The De Walt is a good saw and many have one. Make sure you get a saw what takes pin-less blades.
Designers don't make many patterns anymore for pin blades, it takes a big hole
to get the blade through.
You can find a lot of information on my site, click on "Selecting a Blade", "Q & A" has a lot of info. If you want to make puzzles, check out Cater Johnson
"Puzzle Tutorial" and his video, a ton of information.
Maybe check first "Tips and Tricks".
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Welcome to the forum from TN. I have a DeWalt and an Excalibur EX21. I have had the DeWalt for five years and still working.
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Thanks to all of you for your kind help. I'll let you know what I end up with.
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