Rated 4.2 out of 5Â by 37
Rated 5 out of 5Â by JenR Great price for what it does.
I've been searching for a starter scroll saw for months now, and I figured I'd go with this one since the price was reasonable, and the reviews were decent compared to others that are out there. So far I'm very pleased with it!
I've never used a scroll saw before (never really used any electric woodworking tool), but this was very simple to use. I was able to cutout my projects right away without any problems.
I used poplar wood, which I would recommend starting with, and made a few small cutouts of toys that I had in mind. There were a few times that I thought I was putting too much pressure and was afraid the blade would snap since they're very thin, but it held up without a problem.
I tried using a 2" piece of oak, and it did cut it, but I wouldn't recommend it for small detailed pieces. I think it would be fine when I make blocks and other straight pieces.
It also has a hook-up for a vacuum which comes in handy, so you don't have saw dust and small jagged pieces of wood falling on the floor.
Be sure to buy some safety goggles and ear plugs!
February 25, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Kris Love this saw!
I had been holding off on purchasing a scroll saw due to work space constraints. I saw this tool and had to have it! It does exactly what I need it to do, cuts nice and is easy to use. Then it all stores in a compact storage case out of the way, love it! Only gripe is I wish they would have included a miter gauge with the saw, that is the only reason why I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.
May 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Lear Great for making custom Plexiglas panels.
This is a high-accuracy saw. I customize electric guitars.
April 1, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by UTbadger Good saw to have in the workshop.
I was very impressed with this little saw. Setting it up on a table is quick and easy and it provides a good solid hold. Note: The widest width the securing clamps will allow is about 3.5" and they need to go into/under the table 2.5" - see the photo.
The saw attaches to the base very securely with no wiggle/play at all. Note: The guide knobs that hold the saw to the base are plastic - see the photo. They look strong and it would probably take some very improper care/use to damage them, but if they wear or snap over time the blade would wobble in the base. The 9' cord allows you to set it up almost anywhere without requiring an extension.
The blades are easy to attached and centered well with the guidelines on the base. The head has a little up and down play to accommodate the work piece, but the blade stays put with constant tension. The hold-down foot is easily adjustable and really keeps good pressure on your work piece. The maximum height clearance for a workpiece is 2 1/8". The distance/clearance between the blade and the back arm is 10.5" - for most work that should be fine, but it may limit some larger projects.
I've used the scroll saw on plywood up to 3/4" thick and was very impressed with the cutting. I was able to easily make accurate cuts both straight and following a curved pattern and was pleasantly surprised that this had the power to cut such tight curves. It has adjustable speed settings; however, anything below the highest setting is pretty useless. Even the instructions recommend the highest setting for everything but plastic. I've used it as a coping saw for some 1.5" PVC and it cut through just fine.
The only limitation I found with the saw is that you can't tilt the base so you can't do any angled cuts.
Overall, I am very impressed and would recommend this to anyone who needs a scroll saw but doesn't want a larger one constantly taking up space on the workbench. If this is your first scroll saw keep in mind that good scroll saw cutting takes practice/time to develop with any saw.
March 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by GaryWasher Light duty saw but very effective, manual could be better
First let me say that if you are the type that is always in a hurry (as am I sometimes), this tool is probably not for you. This saw cannot be rushed or the results will be poor. The maximum speed at which you feed work in has to match the saws cutting capability and only practice will make those two match. Be patient and everything will work fine.
First of all I suggest you open the case and take a photo of the contents without the packing material and manual. This way you can see how it goes back in the case, because for several minutes I struggled to figure out this "puzzle". Keep a printout of the photo in the case.
One of the things I noticed was that the insertion of a new blade was very difficult and frustrating if I followed exactly the instructions in the manual. I found it much easier if you fully raise the hold-down foot first to the position shown in the manual's diagrams. A simple omission made a big difference. Much easier. By the way, you raise the hold-down foot by pushing down on the release "button" (toward the work surface) while pulling up on the plastic foot (or metal loop at the top). I found no instructions in the manual explaining this procedure.
Everything else worked fine according to the manual. Just remember to move the work slowly.
One last thing: The blades supplied are very difficult to identify by appearance. There were no markings and the manual did not state which ones are included. However it does have this information on the original packaging cover. I still could not fully identify the blades so I went online to see the blades available by the Dremel part number found on the packaging cover. Then I matched the tooth count to the blades included. In order to identify them I have attached a modified chart of the Speed Settings found in the manual that has the number of teeth per inch.
All of my complaints are really with the manual, thus I am taking away no rating stars from the product itself.
March 10, 2013