Rated 2.8 out of 5 by 45
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Hoss Ryobi scroll saw
Bought this for my wife and we're not happy with it at all. She used it on the first project and a piece broke off that holds the top end of the blade. Returned it for exchange. The new one lasted another couple months and same part broke again. Recieved a replacement part from ryobi and then that part broke. Has to be a design flaw for the same part to break 3 times. All together my wife only had about 12 hours of work time total and the three parts combined. We returned the saw for a store credit and went and bought a different brand saw from another store. I guess you get what you pay for. Go cheap and you get cheap
October 19, 2009
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Vincent Ryobi 16 inch Variable Speed Scroll Saw
The Ryobi Variable Speed Scroll Saw works impeccably and has a very smooth operation. Although I am no expert by any stretch of the imagination, this product will do me just fine. It's easy to use and a pleasure to own, like all my current Ryobi tools, I am very pleased with it.
December 25, 2008
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by 88motley Nice hobby saw
I do not use this saw as often as I would like but the few times I have, it performed very well. Blade changes are easy, the blower keeps the wokpiece cut line clear and the variable speed and saw depth are nice features.
December 26, 2008
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by fuent Nice Saw
I recieved this as a gift recently. The manual is easy to follow and it was easy to get started right away. The variable speed and 16 inch lenght is a nice bonus for any hobbist.
January 14, 2008
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MakingSawdust I dont know what others giving it a bad review did wrong love my saw
bad reviews saying cant cut anything but thin wood i cut several 3d cutting prodjects out of maple and cherry thats almost 2 inches thick if they use the right blades and tighten the blade correctly there are no problems i own several ryobi tools and they all work well for a hobbiest not a contractor
April 18, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Paul met my expectations completely
I bought this saw for a guitar project (and because a scroll saw is a good tool to own - I like a new tool) and am overall quite satisfied. The negatives are: the "toolless change" is useless. The plastic knobs break the first time you use them. And, the side cover plate is in the way when you do change a blade. The blower can't be adjusted to actually hit the cut line and probably isn't powerful enough to actually do anything anyway - I went old fashioned and just blew on it as I cut like I did when I first used a "hobby" saw when I was a kid. The vac port is not size well, but you can easily "coax" it to work. The prose are: Once you break the knobs changing a blade and remove the side plate, you can use the tee handle allen wrench that comes with the saw to easily change blades. I cut a whole lot out of 1.5" mahogany with ease, and with a little bit of sanding, got great results. I also cut some tight details in 1/4" mahogany and was easily able to file and sand the finishing touches. In the end, I made a high quality guitar for a professional musician (I can't play at all). It is an inexpensive tool, but unless you are looking for something that will give you perfection with the tightest bit of after work, it is well worth the money. I am a semi-professional woodworker and this tool is on the bench in my shop. And, I did ALL my cuts (some fairly intricate) without bolting the saw down. I sat it on my work bench and used it without breaking a blade or making a miscut.
November 9, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Spieks Good for beginners
I am going to start out like this if you are like me and a new beginner to wood working keep this one on your list. It is a perfect machine to practice with and learn on. For the 100 dollars I spent I got a good quality product for beginners. All of the levers and mechanisms are simple and easy to figure out. I saw many bad reports about this machine which I will tackle here in my opinion:
1) the blade change is simple people say it is difficult but you just have to be careful and if you have problems I used a needle nose to hold it in place when tightening it down.
2) noisy, yes out of the box it was a little noisy because the motor knocks on the bottom guard, simple fix, I bent the bottom guard up and it is quiet as can be.
3)moves around, like with all power tools, they vibrate, this was fixed when I put four bolts through the mounting holes on the stand, also making it quieter.
4) packaging problems, I had no problems with the packaging, it was nice and tightly packed with nothing bouncing around, very pleased with the packaging.
5) the blower, not the strongest, but in my point of view a little personal work blowing it away doesn't take much, plus if you have to blow the dust out of the way it makes you pay better attention to your line as a beginner.
Overall very pleased with this product, if you are a beginner this is perfect to learn on.
February 17, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Nuclear Woodworker Average product for the money
This is not a high-quality product, but at $100 it's not a bad deal, either. The cheap plastic clip holding the air bellows in place broke after less than an hour of run-time. So the sawdust blower no longer works... minor inconvenience. The best thing going for this machine is the ease of changing blades. I've used it for several projects now, and changing blades is a snap - much easier and simpler than changing the blade on the Deltas. However, I am concerned about how long all the plastic knobs are going to last. Overall, this machine has performed reasonably well for me so far (I've had it for about a month), but it doesn't exactly exude quality.
April 30, 2006