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I have a no name scroll saw still in box (with laser guide, light and vacuum, (friend of mine has been using the same with amazing results)) considering selling it and going with the simple hand-jeweler saw for easy accuracy. Only my two cents.

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  • 4 weeks later...

I had a micro lux like the one at micromark.......totally worthless. I'm on my second royobi and love it. The only reason for buying the second saw was so I can use pinless blades.Like the other's have said,the table insert is the only problem.I made one out of some delrin I had reducing the blade clearence and haven't had a problem since.

               Doug Jones

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I have a Porter-Cable scroll saw that I like well, though it has the same problems that others have mentioned and corrected.  I haven't made the zero-clearance top, but after looking at what folks here have done I'm going to try it out. It's also interesting to hear from Jay about the blade curving -- golly, I thought I was just using too much pressure and pushing the stock too fast and hard.  So I'm going to have to try that piece of wood as well in the clamp down -- though I might have thrown that away since it always got in my way.


Wouter -- don't know if you can get a Porter Cable where you are.  It seems that Proxxon might be a good bet.


Oh, and I might also mention that I use my jeweller's saw quite a bit to cut pieces by hand.  I got it AFTER the scroll saw, and have since wondered if I needed that big piece of machinery for things others than bulkheads (and I even used the jeweller's saw to cut a replacement bulkhead for one that was broken in the kit). 


Seems like I always end up having to sand whichever one I use.





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It seems that a good amount of the input from people here seems to like the Proxxon over the Micro Mark. They are both made in China, now the Dewalt is made by the same company that makes the Excalibur which is rated as the top of the line. The price for the Dewalt with stand is around $500.00 from Woodcraft some times you see them on sale at Home Depot, if you look at the amount difference and you can wait and save a little more money you might be better off getting the Dewalt one instead. Its like a Sherline Mill or one from Harbor freight or Micro Mark. It does all come down to what can you afford and how much you are going to use it. The Band saw can do almost all of the same things as a scroll saw. Just my 2 cents worth.

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Hi everyone,


We have the Proxxon DS 460 scroll saw and a very old and greatly treasured Aeropiccola. The Proxxon will hold its own with most scroll saws and is capable of cutting some serously heavywight timber with the right blades (olsen or FD). The Aeropiccola is a gem but is best suited to delicate work. If you ever get the chance to buy one....just buy it.


If you have the money, and we didn't at the time, I would buy a Hegner and be done with it. If a Hegner won't cut what you are trying to do then the only other option is an industial laser!


The Proxxon tools are very nice and along with the Proxxon FET table saw we have just about everything covered for what we build that requires some machine tools.


All the very best,



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    I agree with what you said about the Hegner, it is made by the same company that makes the dewalt saw. But it is also one of the top of the line saws, but it is also one the more higher price saws. What a person gets is base on what he or she can afford. I just hate getting something and end up down the road getting a better one which I should have gotten in the first place, you get what you payed for is very true. Just my 2 cents.

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I agree with Janos.  A bench top 9 inch band saw with an 1/8 inch blade will do excellent scroll sawing without vibrating or trying to pull the work piece up.  I have the MicroMark model - which seems to be a generic and is Tiawan or China made.  MicroMark no longer has it in their catalog.  One addition I made was to add Carter Products Stabilizer.  It allows a tighter cutting radius and replaces the guides.  The MicroMark saw has a 3/8 inch mounting port and the Stabilizer STD-2 has a 5/16 inch post, but 2 pieces of K&S brass tubing 5/16 ID and the next a 3/8 OD made an adequate bushing once a hole was cut for the set screw.  Comprable saws seem to run about $140 +/-  the Stabilizer is $ 75 .   An additional expense would be replacing the guides with Cool Blocks.  If the thrust bearings seize up - they are readily availible on line or from a local bearing supplier - being a commonly used item.

The band saw has other uses - repeative cross cutting being one,  but I do not think serious resawing is something a 9 inch saw will do very well.  The motor is ~ 0.3 HP.   I had a fit getting through 3 inch green dogwood and 5 inch green holly with a 0.6 HP saw.   

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Ryobi, Delta, Dremel. Craftsman. etc in my opinion are all good.  As for the little vibration that can be taken care of.  Many years I bought a scroll saw from a club member who was getting a new one.  It was pretty good and the right size for my apt.  The only drawback was vibraion.  I used some closed cell neoprene sponge stripping in the four corners of the base and no more vibraition.  You can use weather stripping to do the same thing.

David B

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