Things to Consider when Buying a Scroll Saw
People need a scroll saw for their scrolling projects, but buying the right kind of scroll saw is something that needs to be considered carefully. If you are buying your first scroll saw or if you are upgrading to a better one, there are many things that you need to consider. These considerations will help you make an informed purchasing decision.
Scroll work will not do with a saw that requires pinned blades. The ideal blades to use for your scroll saw are the standard 5″ pinnless blades. Pinned blades have advantages but they are not able to cut small inside details without drilling a very big hole to get the blade’s pin through.
One consideration you need to make is that the scroll saw’s blades can be changed easily. This is because some scroll saw projects have many holes. If this is the situation then you need to remove the end of the blade from the holder, thread it through the wood, then remount it in the holder many times. This should be done easily and comfortably with your scroll saw. Choose a saw in which the arm can be raised and which holds itself in this position. This is easier that tool less blade holders.
There are different speeds offered by many saws and you should not have a problem finding this feature in any price range. With many projects a slow blade speed is needed or sometimes you need to slow down the blades so that the edges of the wood will not be burned when you cut. Changing speeds in some scroll saws needs a change of belts too. An electronic speed control is the best feature for a scroll saw.
If the saw vibrates, it can be very distracting when you work so it is best if you find one with minimum vibrations. Some saw vibrate more by design. This feature is dependent on the cost of the particular saw. If you want to reduce vibration, you can mount the saw on a stand. You can work with minimum vibration if your saw is sturdily mounted on a stand, and if that saw is also a heavy one. You can buy stands for saws in many stores.
The depth of the throat is very important for very large projects. A small throat will limit how big of the piece you can swing around on the table while you cut. You can also use spiral blades if you don’t want to rotate the work at all.
Table size should also be considered since it is very difficult to work on a project when most of your wood is hanging off the side of the scroll saw table.
We are all limited by our budget. Buying a good use saw may allow you to get more for your money than buying a new cheap saw.