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post #1 of 7 Old 03-25-2018, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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scroll saw and band saw

It looks like both can do similar work. What is the major difference between a scroll saw and a band saw?
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Well let's put this in a nutshell.....A scroll saw has the capability to cut very intricate pieces but is limited to a certain thickness of stock. While most manufacturers will boast a 2" thick cutting capacity, I have yet to see one that will actually cut 2" thick stock without suffering serious blade deflection. A band saw however, can cut much thicker stock than a scroll saw but it cannot cut the detail and intricate work that a scroll saw is capable of.

Bandsaw. Thicker stock and less detail

Scrollsaw. Thinner stock a greater detail.
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A bandsaw can re-saw a thick board into thinner boards. A scroll saw can't.

A scroll saw blade can be threaded through a hole to make inside cuts. A bandsaw blade is a continuous loop, so it won't work the same way. You can cut in from the outside with a bandsaw, then slide the blade out, and finally glue the thin gap back together. Because the bandsaw has such a thin kerf, the glued cut can be nearly invisible.

Both saws cut curves, but the scroll saw seems better suited for intricate, delicate, detailed work. Both saws can cut your fingers, too. I imagine that a scroll saw is safer, but they are both generally considered much safer than a table saw.

(I was taught that bandsaws got their start in the meat industry. According to my bandsaw expert friend, bandsaws are always trying to get back to their roots when they see your fingers, so be careful!)
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Ken is the guru of scroll saw guys, for sure, and I don't think I've ever seen a scroll saw cut anything very thick unless it's Styrofoam or Balsa wood. One other difference is that you can take the blade off the scroll saw and insert it into the inner portion of a cut without having to cut from the outside. So if you want to cut a circle out of a piece of wood and leave the outside intact then a scroll saw is the tool you'll need. I probably didn't explain that very good and don't have any photos handy... sorry.

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A scrollsaw can do pierced cuts where you pass the scrollsaw blade through a hole and the reconnect the blade to the holder on the scrollsaw arm. can't do that with a band saw.

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They are two different machines, scroll saw do the intricate cuts, bandsaws do the heavy work, neither does the job of the other very well.

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Okay I got ya. I guess I would go for the band saw. I see myself using that more

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