How to Select the Right 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.
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. 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.
You want vibrations to be at a minimum when you are cutting. Some saw vibrate more by design. The cost of the saw somewhat affects this feature. Mounting your saw on a stand, helps to reduce vibration. Vibration will be reduced if you buy a heavy saw and mount is sturdily on a stand. You can buy stands for saws in many stores.
The depth of the throat is very important for very large projects. If you saw has a small throat, then the piece you can swing around on the table while you cut will also be limited. 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. There are benefit to buying a used scroll saw where you get more for your money than buying a new but cheap saw.