Things to Consider when Buying a Scroll Saw
The first thing that people what to know when starting with scrolling is what saw to buy. There are many things to consider whether you are buying your first scroll saw, or you are simply upgrading to a better one. These considerations will help you make 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 be able to easily change blades in your scroll saw. This consideration is important if your scroll saw project has many holes. This means that you have to remove an end of the blade from the holder and threat it through the wood, and remount it in the holder many times. This should be done easily and comfortably with your scroll saw. Choose a saw in which the arm can be raised and which holds itself in this position. This is easier that tool less blade holders.
Different scroll saws also offer different speeds. In many projects, slowing down blade speed is important in order not to burn the edges of the wood when cutting. Changing speeds in some scroll saws needs a change of belts too. An electronic speed control is the best feature for a scroll saw.
When cutting, vibrations are very distracting and it must be kept to a bare minimum. Some saw vibrate more by design. The more expensive the saw that you buy, the lesser vibrations it makes. Mounting your saw on a stand, helps to reduce vibration. A sturdily mounted saw and a heavier saw combination will reduce vibration. There are stores that sell stands for scroll saws.
The depth of the throat is very important for very large projects. A small throat will limit how big of the piece you can swing around on the table while you cut. You can also use spiral blades if you don’t want to rotate the work at all.
Table size should also be considered since it is very difficult to work on a project when most of your wood is hanging off the side of the scroll saw table.
Most of us have a budget for a scroll saw. There are benefit to buying a used scroll saw where you get more for your money than buying a new but cheap saw.