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Guide to Choosing the Right Scroll Saw for Your Needs
The first thing that people what to know when starting with scrolling is what saw to buy. Buying a scroll saw, whether it is your first or you need to replace your current one, is not that simple because you need to consider a lot of things. Seriously considering these important aspects of a scroll saw is necessary to have an informed purchasing decision.
A saw that requires pined blades is not ideal for scroll work. The ideal blades to use for your scroll saw are the standard 5″ pinnless blades. Pinned blades have advantages but they cant cut small inside details cuts since you have to drill a very big hole to get the blade’s pin through.
One consideration you need to make is that the scroll saw’s blades can be changed easily. This is because some scroll saw projects have many holes. If this is the situation then you need to remove the end of the blade from the holder, thread it through the wood, then remount it in the holder many times. Just be sure that the process is comfortable and relatively easy to do. Choose a saw in which the arm can be raised and which holds itself in this position. This is easier that tool less blade holders.
Different scroll saws also offer different speeds. There are times when you need to slow the blade down to cut slower, or sometimes you must slow it down to prevent the blade from burning the edges of your wood as you cut. You need to change belts in some scroll saws in order to change speeds. The best to get is a saw with an electronic speed control.
If the saw vibrates, it can be very distracting when you work so it is best if you find one with minimum vibrations. By design, some saws vibrate more. The cost of the saw somewhat affects this feature. If you want to reduce vibration, you can mount the saw on a stand. A sturdily mounted saw and a heavier saw combination will reduce vibration. There are stores that sell stands for scroll saws.
The depth of the throat is very important for very large projects. If you saw has a small throat, then the piece you can swing around on the table while you cut will also be limited. Spiral blades are ideal if you don’t want to rotate the work at all.
Table size should also be considered since it is very difficult to work on a project when most of your wood is hanging off the side of the scroll saw table.
All of us are limited as to how much we are willing or able to spend on a scroll saw. Sometimes it is better to buy a good old one than a new cheap one since your will get more for your money.