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Scroll saw for DIY

Discussion in 'Tools and Materials' started by conny, 28 Dec 2018.

  1. conny

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    Looking for a decent scroll saw for diy use when I retire. Anyone got any recommendations?

    Looking at a budget of around £100.
     
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    You'd don't say what size throat you require.
     
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    Minimum of 2" (50mm to you youngsters LOL) As it's for diy I don't think I'll need bigger than 3" (75mm).
     
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    :D Confused me for a while there, the throat size is the max horizontal distance between the blade and the back of the arm, not it's capacity (vertical cut ability)
     
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    Sorry Ed, I assumed the throat was the distance between the table and saw blade stroke. LOL. Lesson learnt. ;)
    In that case looking for a throat of around 16".

    Doppleganger, I have a fairly decent bandsaw but now looking for something that will allow larger pieces to be turned around on the table. Most bandsaws I've seen are quite limited on the turning area.
     
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    Check out the Clarke 16”scroll saw from Machine Mart.....pretty good and tough for the price.
    Generally they take ordinary coping saw blades.
    John :)
     
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    If you've realised that a good bandsaw bade can vastly improve the performance of even a medioce saw, then the same is also true of scroll saws - Pegas blades outperform the cheap blades by quite some way.

    On the subject of throats sizes, 16in is pretty much the standard depth for most of the smaller/DIY saws. To go to 20 or 22in (or larger) you really start talking big bucks (look at Hegner if you want a fright).
     
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    I rate Axminster highly, both for their customer service and their machines.
    The typical Clarke type machines seems to have a relatively short market life span before new models appear. That can make it tricky to source parts for the obsolete models.
     
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    1. Aldi's are selling a Sheppach scroll was badged as 'workzone'.
     
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