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post #1 of 13 Old 12-28-2017, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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Scroll Saw - General International/Excalibur?

I found a General International Scroll saw at Home Depot for about 80. I was seeing this video on the Excalibur and they were at a General International Booth. If the Excalibur is made by General International and even though it is a inexpensive model(don't like the word cheap), would this be the better starter.

As I stated I am on a tight budget and I just would like to get the best bang for my bottom dollar.

I did find a craftsman for around 130, what I like about the craftsman above the Central Machinery is the use of the same holder for both blades. Whereas the Central machinery has a separate holder that hooks to the pin holder and when you go to unhook the top to place through a hole, the bottom has a tendency to fall off.

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Excalibur's used to be a pretty high end saw if I recall right, in the 80's they were close to $1000
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Excalibur scroll saws have gone through many changes over the years with the final change of the product being their product by General International. The GI Excalibur line is still a quality saw and will serve you well. Through various events of the recent past, General international has sold the design of the Excalibur and it is now being manufactured by a company called King under the name Excelsior Scroll saws. I only know of one guy that owns one of these and he is happy with it as it is still manufactured using the same specs that GI used. If you can get an Excalibur for $80, I would jump at that deal. (I'm assuming that it is the EX-16 model).

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I wish it was an Excalibur. Here is the link to the saw.. https://www.homedepot.com/p/General-...8007/206347735
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I wish it was an Excalibur. Here is the link to the saw.. https://www.homedepot.com/p/General-...8007/206347735

I don't want to discourage you but I fear that this machine will most likely cause you more grief than anything. I personally, would pass on this particular model for various reasons and most of those reasons are based on experience.
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Decided to go with the Porter Cable 18" 1.6amp. It is $179 at Lowes with a stand, one plus is that everything is on the front, tensioner, power switch, light switch. Looked at the reviews and this one seems to be the better one for a starter. Watched a video and it had low vibration and was quieter compared to some of the other ones.
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Decided to go with the Porter Cable 18" 1.6amp. It is $179 at Lowes with a stand, one plus is that everything is on the front, tensioner, power switch, light switch. Looked at the reviews and this one seems to be the better one for a starter. Watched a video and it had low vibration and was quieter compared to some of the other ones.
Awesome stuff. Congrats on the new saw. If you have any questions along the way, please don't hesitate to ask.

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Hey its me Bryan, for some reason I could not get back into the forums using my credentials from Facebook. So, I just created a new account, and thanks for the videos. Got the saw Yesterday, would have gotten it Wednesday but the weather was just too nasty to go get it. I am loving it. It was a little more finicky than I thought, but I managed to get my first project done.

The top and the bottom is off, and I messed up a little on the A. But, I think it turned out pretty good for my first project. I saw a video where someone rounded off the backside of the blade to help with the deflection, what are your thoughts on this. I haven't had that much problem with it, just take my time and let the blade do the work.
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You're welcome for the videos. I hope that they help you out. Nice looking first project!! Very well done. You are now on the slippery slope to scrolling addiction and you will find yourself wanting to make more and more intricate cuttings. Great work.

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