Things to Consider when Buying a Scroll Saw
People need a scroll saw for their scrolling projects, but buying the right kind of scroll saw is something that needs to be considered carefully. 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. If you really want to make an informed purchasing decision, then you should take this considerations seriously.
Scroll work will not do with a saw that requires pinned blades. What you will need are standard 5″ pinless blades. The reason why pinned blades will not do despite its advantages is because they are not able to cut small inside details cuts since you need to drill a big hole to get the blade’s pins 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. 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 type of saw makes the process easier.
Most scroll saws come with features for speed. 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. There are some scroll saws that requires belt changing to change speeds. Choose a saw with an electronic speed control if changing belts is such a hassle.
If the saw vibrates, it can be very distracting when you work so it is best if you find one with minimum vibrations. Some saw vibrate more by design. This feature is dependent on the cost of the particular saw. If you want to reduce vibration, you can mount the saw on a stand. You can work with minimum vibration if your saw is sturdily mounted on a stand, and if that saw is also a heavy one. You can buy stands for saws in many stores.
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.
Make sure you consider the size of your table so that wood will not be hanging off the side of the scroll saw table when you work.
All of us are limited as to how much we are willing or able to spend on a scroll saw. Sometimes it is better to buy a good old one than a new cheap one since your will get more for your money.