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How to Select the Right Scroll Saw

Many people are confused as to what type of scroll saw to buy for their scrolling projects. 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. These considerations will help you make an informed purchasing decision.

Scroll work will not do with a saw that requires pinned blades. So you will need standard 5″ pinless blades. The reason why pinned blades will not do despite its advantages is because they are not able to cut small inside details cuts since you need to drill a big hole to get the blade’s pins through.

You should be able to easily change blades in your scroll saw. You can have scroll saw projects that 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. Choose a saw where this process can easily be done. Choose a saw in which the arm can be raised and which holds itself in this position. This makes the process easier than tool-less blade holders.

There are different speeds offered by many saws and you should not have a problem finding this feature in any price range. With many projects a slow blade speed is needed or sometimes you need to slow down the blades so that the edges of the wood will not be burned when you cut. There are some scroll saws that requires belt changing to change speeds. Choose a saw with an electronic speed control if changing belts is such a hassle.

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. This feature is dependent on the cost of the particular saw. If you want to reduce vibration, you can mount the saw on a stand. Vibration will be reduced if you buy a heavy saw and mount is sturdily on a stand. 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. If you don’t want to rotate the work, the you can also use spiral blades.

You should also get the right size of table since it will be difficult for wood to be hanging off the side of the scrolls 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.
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