The first thing that people what to know when starting with scrolling is what saw to buy. 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. Seriously considering these important aspects of a scroll saw is necessary to have an informed purchasing decision.
Scroll work will not do with a saw that requires pinned blades. The ideal blades to use for your scroll saw are the standard 5″ pinnless blades. Pinned blades have advantages but they are not able to cut small inside details without drilling a very big hole to get the blade’s pin through.
You should also consider if changing blades is easy or not. This consideration is important if your scroll saw project has 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. In many projects, slowing down blade speed is important in order not to burn the edges of the wood when cutting. There are some scroll saws that requires belt changing to change speeds. The best to get is a saw with an electronic speed control.
You want vibrations to be at a minimum when you are cutting. There are some saw designs that causes that saw to vibrate. The more expensive the saw that you buy, the lesser vibrations it makes. If you want to reduce vibration, you can mount the saw on a stand. A sturdily mounted saw and a heavier saw combination will reduce vibration. Scroll saw stands are available in many stores.
If you will cut very large projects, you need to consider the depth of the throat. 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. Buying a good use saw may allow you to get more for your money than buying a new cheap saw.
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