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. 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. These considerations will help you make an informed purchasing decision.
A saw that requires pined blades is not ideal for scroll work. So you will need standard 5″ pinless blades. Pinned blades have advantages but they cant cut small inside details cuts since you have to drill a very big hole to get the blade’s pin through.
You should be able to easily change blades in your scroll saw. You can have scroll saw projects that have many holes. This means that you have to remove an end of the blade from the holder and threat it through the wood, and remount it in the holder many times. This should be done easily and comfortably with your scroll saw. Choose a saw in which the arm can be raised and which holds itself in this position. This type of saw makes the process easier.
Different scroll saws also offer different speeds. 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. 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. Vibration can be remedied by placing 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. Scroll saw stands are available in many stores.
You should also consider the depth of the throat if you will be cutting 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. You can also use spiral blades 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.