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post #1 of 9 Old 08-24-2020, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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Best Hobby Scrollsaw

Just needing advice on which hobby scroll saw to get. I don’t want to spend a fortune, but want a reliable saw. Probably won’t be using a lot but occasionally. I was ask to make this and figured a scroll saw would work better than jig saw. First cut out that I had tried. I even used oscillating tool some. Thanks for help.
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-24-2020, 03:09 PM
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I have cut many projects out of thin material with the RotoZip using 1/8" bits.
just an alternative if you can't find the scroller you like.
I see RotoZips at the pawn shops for about $20 when I go out scavenging.

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I have a DeWalt it is a good machine.

You might check on a used one. If you find one I suggest you don't just turn it on, but run some wood through it. The one I got sounded fine, but when had a load, rattle turned up. Turned out to be a broken screw but could have been worse.
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Thanks for the replies. I hadnít thought of using a robozip.
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Around here, the DeWalt DW788 is by far the most popular scroll saw for hobbyists and others. I bought one for my spouse last Fall, and it has worked out very well. She uses it nearly every day.

There are better, more expensive scroll saws. There are worse, less expensive scroll saws. The DeWalt is a good value with modern features.
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I have the Porter Cable one from Lowe’s. It works for my needs. Mostly just making drawer pulls for boxes. Do some research on “pin” and “pinless” blades. This may enter into your decision.
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THeck - looking forward to your update:
did you get your project cut out and what did you use ?
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I appreciate all the help. We ended up just getting a harbor freight for $70. It works fine with the 1/4 in stuff. It was harder with the 2x8 letters. Name:  DEFDCCB5-2279-4686-A019-193A2AA9D53E_1599681726188.jpeg
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I may eventually get a better one. But this has already paid for itself.
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