Rated 3.8 out of 5Â by 20
Rated 4 out of 5Â by aroyals Great for detail cuts
This little scroll saw does a great job on very fine, detailed cuts. It comes completely assembled, including the blade which was pre-tensioned correctly. There was also an extra blade in the box, which can be stored on the side of the saw in a little compartment so you always have extras.
There is a built-in tube for blowing dust out of the working space, that can be hooked up to an air source (not included). There is also a way to hook up a vacuum to reduce dust. The built-in light is positionable, but only turns on when the saw itself is on. It would be nice to be able to keep the light on the whole time you are working, because most of the work is fine details. The light also moves quite a bit when the saw is on but still helps.
The table was not set exactly to zero when it arrived, but we just used a torpedo level to set zero to be exactly horizontal. There is a little screw to adjust the angle finder (see picture). Also the screw that holds the top metal guide piece comes loose pretty easily, so watch that your metal guide piece doesn't migrate into the blade. Maybe a lock washer here would keep the screw from coming loose.
We were able to do detailed cuts in 1/2" plywood, and 2" solid hardwood. Very happy with the cut quality, even in the thick wood. It is easy to tension the blade as needed, just be careful not to over-tighten it.
Overall very satisfied with this scroll saw. Seems to be very well built, and should last a long time if taken care of.
December 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by rdub Scrolling is Adictive. Fun Saw
This is my first Scroll Saw and I love it already. Before unboxing I read some reviews and was a little nervous that there may be more to setup than just switching a blade. It comes together easy and in my opinion does not need to be mounted on anything. The only thing you need is a combination square to make sure the blade and the cutting surface are square.
I got started right away, I did like the variable speed knob although I was not quite sure when to use the fast or slow speed but it was addictive once I got going. My first project was a snowflake ornament I made with my son. (I have included a picture of it in this review) I think it came out pretty good and can't wait to get better at scrolling.
Things I liked:
The saw came with two blades
The ease of switching the blades
How easy it was to use right away
December 7, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by JamesC Nice saw. Easy to use. Cuts well with low vibration and low noise.
This 16-inch scroll saw from Skil comes fully assembled and is ready-to-use straight out of the box. A large, easy-to-locate on/off toggle switch in the front provides power and safety in case the saw needs to be powered down in a hurry. The adjustable blade guide helps to hold wood (up to 2-in. thick) in place and reduce vibration as well as to ensure that fingers are kept a safe distance from the saw blade, while allowing the work to be manipulated without visible obstruction. Also included in the box is an instruction manual, a standard saw blade (pre-installed) and a fine tooth saw blade, which can be stored in the convenient on-board compartment when not in use. The saw runs whisper quiet with little vibration at its lowest setting, allowing you to hold a conversation comfortably while working, but gets progressively more audible and produces more vibration as the volume of speed is increased. An adjustable-flexible LED lamp can be manipulated to illuminate your work space. While the lamp did vibrate at the higher speed settings, the light stayed focused on the work while the saw was in operation. The LED doesnât throw much light and the beam is narrow, but the concentrated lumens are enough to be useful. Unlike other saws, scroll saws allow you to make intricate cuts, cuts at 90-degree angles and up to 45-degree bevel cuts. Pierce cuts are also possible by removing the blade and reinstalling it through your work. Iâm admittedly not all that proficient with a scroll saw, lacking a lot of experience with using one, but was able to cut along my guide mark to make an intricate squiggle cut in a Â¾-in. thick piece of pine trim board. The blade left a clean cut which required very little sanding. The settings also remained true and didnât vibrate loose or require readjustment. This saw is ideal for finely detailed woodworking and art projects that are too intricate or involve cuts that are beyond the capabilities, or which cannot be easily achieved, by use of other saws. You could try to substitute a jig saw in place of a scroll saw, but my experience with jig saws is that they vibrate way too much, especially with stock thinner than Â½-inch thickness, and require one hand to operate the saw while the other attempts to hold the work. The results with a jig saw wouldnât be nearly as good as with a scroll saw. The construction of this saw is mostly aluminum, including the deck, which tends to scratch easily as you rotate material around the deck surface. Other parts are steel with knobs made of plastic, which will hold up over time if not over-tightened. At the base of the saw, near the controls at front, is a dust port for connection to a standard 1-1/4-inch shop vacuum hose to take saw dust out of your way. The pine trim board I was cutting produced a fair amount of fine saw dust, which was picked up and taken away by my shop-vac. My shop vac has a 2-1/2-inch diameter hose, so a reducer-adapter was necessary to make the connection. While Iâm fairly content with this Skil scroll saw, as I removed the saw from its protective plastic, I noticed the welds on the sawâs upper arm were a bit crude in that file marks where welds were ground down were visible through the painted surface. This doesnât affect performance, and is merely cosmetic, but I was surprised to see such a poor finish and felt it was worth noting. Overall, I think this a nice saw with a lot of good and thoughtful features.
December 5, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5Â by Medic202 Spend a Little More to Get a Lot More
I recently decided to get back into scroll sawing after a long break. I was a serious scroll sawer on a budget before, and I had a Dremel 1680, which they stopped making. I liked the Dremel a great deal, and thought $200 for a scroll saw and stand was a pretty good bargain.
I did a lot of research and opted to remain on a budget and get this Skil. Honestly, it sucks. It vibrates far too much for a saw that should be hefty and balanced. The air-pump for blowing away dust from your area of work is weak and not nearly as adjustable as the other "goose-neck" types. Blade insertion is NOT easy. Even pinned blades are a pain to insert, pinless require a lot more effort. I've already broken a lot of blades with it, but I can't honestly say that it's far more than any other saw I've used.
The light on the gooseneck is nearly useless. I have to position other lights so I can see what I'm doing.
On the positive side, mostly what a scroll saw has to do is move a blade up and down, and this one does that. Other than that, there are NO features on the Skil that I find to be superior to any other model. I made my decision to purchase this based on cost, and this saw is very reasonably priced. I just can't bring myself to shell out nearly $500 for a Dewalt, or other model. But I DO regret settling for this one. I probably will make it work for a while, but somewhere down the road this will go in the dumpster and I'll get something nicer.
If none of this convinces you to look elsewhere, consider this. I've had it a couple months now, and I've used it three times. When I bought my first scroll saw, I used it CONSTANTLY because it was so much fun. This isn't fun. Keep on shopping and buy something you'll enjoy.
October 7, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5Â by ktpmm5 Really liked it until I had to try and put a plain/pinless blade in
Scroll saw came almost put together completely which was nice. Vibrated a bit, but not unbearably so. Decided to try changing blades and was surprised to find out their manual only covers how to change a pin-end blade, but not pinless. I called customer support and there was nothing they could find to help. Honestly, you'd think a company like Skil would be a little bit better. This is going back - too much hassle in changing blades overrides some other nice things about this saw.
November 10, 2014