How to Select the Right Scroll Saw
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. 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.
One consideration you need to make is that the scroll saw’s blades can be changed easily. This consideration is important if your scroll saw project has many holes. In this type of project, the blade needs to be removed, threaded to the wood, then remounted again, 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.
Most scroll saws come with features for speed. There are times when you need to slow the blade down to cut slower, or sometimes you must slow it down to prevent the blade from burning the edges of your wood as you cut. Changing speeds in some scroll saws needs a change of belts too. An electronic speed control is the best feature for a scroll saw.
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. This feature is dependent on the cost of the particular saw. 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.
You should also consider the depth of the throat if you will be cutting very large projects. A small throat will limit how big of the piece you can swing around on the table while you cut. Spiral blades are ideal 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.
We are all limited by our budget. Sometimes it is better to buy a good old one than a new cheap one since your will get more for your money.