The General International 1.2 Amp 16 in. Variable Speed Scroll Saw gives you full control over your designs and creativity. The variable speed ranges anywhere from 400 to 1600 strokes per minute and can be easily adjusted by the speed knob located on the front of the machine. The spacious 16 in. by 10 in. table bevels up to 45-degree to the left. Easily cut in woods up to 1.9 in. thick while the 16 in. throat depth allows for the manipulation of larger work pieces. The General BT8007 Scroll Saw also has a 9/16 in. stroke with the allowance of both pinned and painless blades. These fit securely in our Patented blade holder. The sturdy cast iron build limits vibration for precision and convenience and has bolt holes for attachment to any tabletop or work surface. The tension-release switch is easily accessible right at the top of the machine, as well as easy-access motor brushes. The cutting speed is easily set with precision dial on front of housing. The 1.5 in. dust port keeps your work area clean so you can focus on your cuts. The saw also includes a clamp for securing your project in place along with a flexible work light that bends and adjusts to whatever position your desire. The Flex Neck LED lighting system also allows you to highlight the work material where you want it. A convenient slide storage compartment is built into the housing for spare blades and wrenches. Includes a 2 year limited warranty.
Up-front dial allows setting the exact cutting speed choice for processing different materials
Cast aluminum work table tilts 0-degree to 45-degree left with up-front locking knob and bevel scale
Features flex-neck LED work light
Patented blade holder accepts both standard 5 in. pin-end or plain-end (pinless) scroll saw blades
Side storage compartment on the housing for spare blades and wrenches
Saw dust collection port for standard 1-1/4 in. hose; saw dust blower keeps the cut line clear
Safety on/off switch with removable security key: 2 pinned blades, 3 mm blade change T-style hex key, 4 mm adjustment hex key
Seems like a good little saw. My old saw is a Sears model from the 1960s I think. Single speed, n...
Seems like a good little saw. My old saw is a Sears model from the 1960s I think. Single speed, noisy, weighs a ton, and is somehow underpowered anyway. Compared to that, this saw is variable speed, easier to change blades and takes both kinds, adds a work light, dust blower and dust port, and is lighter with a bigger table.
First, I noticed the blade was slightly out of kilter, which is not unexpected. I squared the table to the blade, and then adjusted the angle pointer to match. The table surface felt a little rough, so I smoothed it down with 1000 grit sandpaper, especially the edges. Finally, I removed the 'blade guard', which I really don't need. The dust blower and light are separate from the blade guard. The dust port is typical, whether it fits anything you have is pure chance, I wish there was a standard for these things, but there isn't.
Blade changes are easy with the included wrench, and the lower blade mount is easily visible through the table when you take out the insert. The blade wrench stores conveniently in a socket at the back of the saw. There is a little compartment at the side where you can store extra blades and the wrench for the blade guard. There is also a little tray where you can keep ready spare blades.
Feature-wise, this saw is a big win over my ancient one. Variable speed is what I really wanted. The fixed-speed saw works fine on wood, but tends to melt plastic. Often, the plastic flows back together behind the blade and re-joins, and if you stop, it will solidify around the blade and you can throw the whole thing away, blade and all. This saw can slow down to 400 rpm, which is slow enough to cut even difficult clear plastics without overheating. The slow speeds are also nice if you are doing fine work and don't need a screaming banshee of a saw. At the other end of the speed scale, it cut 2 inch hard pine with little trouble and no bogging down, which my old saw was very prone to.
I noticed the instructions talk about oiling the arm bearings. My old saw has the same kind of bronze bushings, and I doubt they have ever been oiled or needed it; I have the old instructions and they make no mention of it. At any rate, putting few drops of oil on now and then is no big deal.
Looking at pictures, this saw is basically identical to a number of other brands. All these saws have identical major components, like the base casting, table, arm assembly, motor etc. They differ only in details like blade mount, knobs and color. Clearly all made to the same design in China, if not in the same factory. Compared to its siblings, this saw is lower-priced and superior in a number of details like the dust blower. If they were all next to each other, I would pick this one.
My one peeve is that the on/off switch is mounted sideways and out of sight below the table. It should be up and down, so you swipe up for on and down for off. I guess I can get used to sideways, but right now it is a lot of fumbling. The manufacturer should take notice and fix this.
Response from GI Customer ServiceJul 27, 2020
Thank you for your review I will send it to our Product Manager and let them review. We appreciate the honest opinion our customers give so that we can make the changes that need to be made. General International Customer Service
General International and The Home Depot have a winner ! This 16 inch Scroll Saw is what you need...
General International and The Home Depot have a winner !
This 16 inch Scroll Saw is what you need for your He Shed !
It is a low noise tool that also has a blower to keep work and
table clean while working ! The table is adjustable from 0-45
degrees. The LED work light has a flexible neck to keep out
of your work site ! Also adjustable speed control knob is easy
to get to ! This 16 inch Scroll will cut up to 2" thickness by
16" !! (see photos) Will hook up to an 1-1/4" shop-vac hose !
A great product !
Response from GI Customer ServiceJul 27, 2020
Thank you so much for the review, we are glad that you are enjoying the scroll saw. If you ever need help or have any questions feel free to call Customer Service. Thank you again General International Customer Service
First time using a scroll saw, The variable speed saw took a little time to set-up. I added some ...
First time using a scroll saw, The variable speed saw took a little time to set-up. I added some insulation for vibration other than that the saw came complete with all the necessary tools for adjusting the blade etc. The instructions were easy to follow and I was scrolling within an hour. I really like the variable speed for different cutting needs. I had a pet project that came out really nice. This is a solid piece of equipment and should last me quite a few years.
Response from GI Customer ServiceJul 27, 2020
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The General International model # BT8007 is, I think, an entry-level machine. I’m a homeowner/DI...
The General International model # BT8007 is, I think, an entry-level machine. I’m a homeowner/DIY’er and for the few times a year I need a scroll saw I don’t need an expensive pro level saw.
Setup, from unboxing to plugged in and working, took about 20 minutes. The instructions in the included manual are quite clear. The table on my saw was about 3 degrees out of plumb and the foot needed adjustment (see photos).
Temporarily I’m running the saw on a ‘Workmate’ workbench. This is not optimal – you’ll really want to consider bolting the saw down to a solid platform. There’s some vibration when the saw is powered up, although it hasn’t tried to vibrate off of the workbench.
A 14mm wrench (not included in the box) is handy for installing the air tube; it can be done with pliers but using an open-ended wrench is easier. Once installed the puffs of air do keep the work area clear of sawdust. The tube doesn’t put out a high volume of air, but gets the job done. There’s also a hose port on the front of the saw for attaching a vacuum to remove the sawdust.
The included factory installed LED lamp does a decent job of lighting the cutting area. There’s some vibration in the lamp, but it doesn’t cause ‘flicker’ when working (YMMV). Bolting the saw down to a workbench might reduce vibrations in the lamp more.
The speed control dial and the on/off switch are on the right front of the saw. The on/off switch offers a safety key that can be removed to make the saw unusable. A nice feature if you have kids. The table tilt thumbscrew is on the left front of the saw.
There’s no SPM (strokes per minute) gauge on the saw, you just dial in the speed that works best on the piece you’re cutting. It works but takes some trial and error to get the speed where you want it. The manufacturer claims it’s a “precision” dial, but I’ve not found it all that precise – with no true speeds marked on the dial it’s (to me, YMMV) trial and error. The speed control dial is one of my issues with the machine – the other being blade replacement.
There’s a storage box on the left side of the saw that can hold blades and/or the hex wrench, a place in the machine housing to store the t-handle wrench, and a trough molded into the body to hold blades. The storage box is difficult to open, too much pressure is required on the latch release. Since my saw will (eventually) be bolted down in a permanent location my plan is ignore the little storage box.
Adjusting the blade tension is critical – too loose and the blade vibrates and doesn’t cut properly, too tight and the blade breaks. Trust me on this – tighten it down a bit too much and the blade will snap. On the bright side, scroll saw blades are inexpensive. Two come with the machine (which is good, it took me about 10 minutes to break one).
Not being familiar with scroll saws and having read other reviews noting that blade changes are difficult on this saw, I expected major trouble when replacing the broken blade. The instruction manual isn’t bad, but if you’re new to the workings of a scroll saw then there are some helpful videos on the Internet. It took me about 10 minutes to figure out how to replace the broken “pinned” blade with a new “pinless” blade. I did cheat a bit before making the attempt; being totally unfamiliar with scroll saws I watched a couple of “how to” videos.
Overall, the saw will meet my (beginner’s) needs and I’m happy with it’s performance so far. The speed control and blade changing procedure are not great, and those features prevent me from giving a five star review.
General International offers a 2-year warranty on the machine.
Response from GI Customer ServiceJul 27, 2020
Thank you for your review we value the opinion of our Customers and note the things that need to be adjusted. If you have questions or concerns please call our Customer Service.
Handy and capable scroll saw for the price. At the end of this review is an overview and demonstr...
Handy and capable scroll saw for the price. At the end of this review is an overview and demonstration video I made of the saw. This is a great tool for very fine cutting and curves. I am glad to have one so I can do work my jig saw was never good at such as making puzzles. The saw has a 16 inch throat depth for large pieces and takes standard 5 inch blades. It operates between 400 and 1600 strokes per minute which offers a lot of flexibility depending on what you are cutting. I find around 1100 SPM is a good speed, I get burns in the wood at 1600. The adjustable blade guard and blade tightener afford a nice clean cut on the saw; the saw can handle wood as thick as 2 inches. The saw has two flexible arms; one is an LED light, the other is a blower which keeps dust away from your line so you can see where you are cutting which is very handy.
Replacing/removing the blade is easily done with an included hex wrench. A blade tensioner allows you to easily adjust the tension on the blade for various wood types. The table can bevel from 0 to 45 degrees. The saw has a cast iron base and weighs 24 lbs. It is able 24" deep altogether, so it is long but can also be stored easily. The base has four holes for securing to your workbench, each with a rubber bushing. Quality issues: the blade guard was bent out of shape out of the box. It is a flexible metal so it was somewhat easy to repair. There was also a large scratch on the table out of the box. Despite these quality issues, I still give the saw 5 stars because of its price. This scroll saw is made in Vietnam.
Response from GI Customer ServiceAug 20, 2020
Thank you so much for the Great review we really appreciate our customers letting us know how they like our products and things that need to be changed. If you need anything or have any questions please call 419-877-5234 ext 101.
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worked good for two days after that the lower blade holder broke,sill waiting to hear form genera...
worked good for two days after that the lower blade holder broke,sill waiting to hear form general international
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Aug 29, 2017
I needed this right now to cut out Photobooth props on card stock glued to foam core board. My fr...
I needed this right now to cut out Photobooth props on card stock glued to foam core board. My fried said he does the cutting with a razor knife. Tried that, major effort, I starting using this and I have alot of control and can go at my own pace. Very smooth edges. this vibration from the saw makes the light move. Not a big deal. I had it up and running in 4 minutes. Next I have to cut an internal rectangle in 3/4 inch thick decorative railing back plate to nount a door bell. Will learn more doing that. Overall, nice for what I need it for.
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May 9, 2021
Great Tool. It works out really good in the...
Great Tool. It works out really good in the small area we have for a workshop.
Apr 21, 2021
Apr 10, 2021
This scroll saw is great for beginners. setup is easy and the machine is light. Would recommend f...
This scroll saw is great for beginners. setup is easy and the machine is light. Would recommend for any user!
Response from GI Customer ServiceMay 4, 2021
Thank you so much for the 5 star rating we appreciate your business and we are glad to have you as a customer. Thank You General
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