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  1. The DeWalt scroll saw used to be good. When it was made in Canada. Then they moved the manufacturing to Taiwan and the quality slipped badly. I know because I had to order FOUR of them for my father (we had to return the first 3) before he got one that was manufactured correctly. These were not small problems either. Two of them had tables where the mounting holes were drilled so far off that table was mounted so that the blade hit the side of the hole in the table and there was no way to adjust it. At least now, the newer one has an adjustment for that to cover up the manufacturing problems. The DeWalt USA rep admitted there had been problems for months and he had 7 of them sitting in his office that had manufacturing defects. Then, a year or two later, they moved the manufacturing again... to China. Now these saws are complete junk and made poorly. Get the Jet 22 inch or the Pegas 21 inch, or possibly the Excelsior (made by the former maker of Excalbur) all made in the same factory in Taiwan. Any of these are light years ahead of the DeWalt. They also have a blade plumb adjustment to change the aggressiveness of the cut, which the DeWalt does not have. Of course, the Hegner is good as well.

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