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old craftsman scroller saw blade jiggles side to side

I inherited an old craftsman Auto scroller saw from father-in-law. And finally got to try it out. But when I put the saw blade in it moves side to side by an inch maybe more. It seems to work okay I guess. I've never used a jigsaw before. are the blades supposed to do that? It just doesn't seem right.

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post #2 of 14 Old 09-27-2020, 10:24 PM
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welcome to the forum Hilda.
photos of the saw and the connections may help with the most accurate replies.
something seems to be out of line.
look on YouTube for scroll saw and you can see how they work.

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All scroll saws I've seen have an adjustment on the upper arm to tension the blade after inserting it. A photo of your saw would help you. If the photo is on your computer... just drag the photo to the box below (Drag Files Here To Attach) your Quick Reply.

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okay a jig saw - not a scroll saw.
I would say it has a bent blade.
remove the blade to see if the rod goes straight up and down.
and a new blade, if you have one.
NOTE: since that is an all metal case, it is strongly suggested
that you have a 3 prong grounded cord on it that is in good condition.

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I have the same jigsaw which features a rotating blade, which can be rotated as you cut. the lock is somewhere at the top of the saw body (I'll look at it tomorrow). Old age kicking in... can't remember off hand.

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You may have a saber saw that has an oscillating feature. I have an old Craftsmen and a Bosch saber saws. The Bosch has this feature, not sure about the craftsmen. If you have a manual check it out. Probably can download from the net with a search for your saw. The blade would move from front to back , not side to side. You may be able to turn this feature off. 1" is quite a lot, may be more like 1/2" or less.
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I have the same jigsaw which features a rotating blade, which can be rotated as you cut. the lock is somewhere at the top of the saw body (I'll look at it tomorrow). Old age kicking in... can't remember off hand.
On my jigsaw there is a slide lock switch (red) on the top of the handle... toward you unlocks... away locks the blade from spinning. A useful feature.
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Thanks @gmercer_48083. Yes, this one has that knob too. Locking it keeps blade from rotating but doesn't change the side-to-side jiggle.

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Yes, I have the manual. Thanks @kwoodhands. It doesn't say anything about the blade jiggling that I can find.

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okay a jig saw - not a scroll saw.
I would say it has a bent blade.
remove the blade to see if the rod goes straight up and down.
and a new blade, if you have one.
NOTE: since that is an all metal case, it is strongly suggested
that you have a 3 prong grounded cord on it that is in good condition.

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Thanks. I've tried different blades. Yes, using an outdoor cord with 3 prong plug.
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Where you insert the blade is curious to me. The hole is quite wide, which accounts for the jiggle. Don't see anyway to narrow it down so the blade is snug.
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Where you insert the blade is curious to me. The hole is quite wide, which accounts for the jiggle. Don't see anyway to narrow it down so the blade is snug.
Can you post photos of where the blade inserts?

My old Craftsman jigsaw (sabre saw) has two screws to pinch the blade and hold it tight. One screw is at the front of the blade holder, and the other is on the side of the blade holder.

The blade would jiggle if one of the screws were loose or missing.
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In these photos, The arrow points to the screw that loosens or tightens the blade into the blade clamp. Is that what you are referring to?
When you say Jiggly... My mind drifts to other things. We need a more precise description for what is happening...or photos that show what is happening.
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