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. If you really want to make an informed purchasing decision, then you should take this considerations seriously.
If you are doing a scrolling project, make sure that you don’t’ use pinned blades. What you will need are standard 5″ pinless 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. You can have scroll saw projects that have 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. The best saw to use in this case is a saw with an arm that can be raised and can be held in 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. With many projects a slow blade speed is needed or sometimes you need to slow down the blades so that the edges of the wood will not be burned when you cut. You need to change belts in some scroll saws in order to change speeds. The best to get is a saw with an electronic speed control.
If the saw vibrates, it can be very distracting when you work so it is best if you find one with minimum vibrations. There are some saw designs that causes that saw to vibrate. The more expensive the saw that you buy, the lesser vibrations it makes. Mounting your saw on a stand, helps to reduce vibration. You can work with minimum vibration if your saw is sturdily mounted on a stand, and if that saw is also a heavy one. 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. 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.
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.