Guide to Choosing the Right Scroll Saw for Your Needs
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. These considerations will help you make an informed purchasing decision.
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 cant cut small inside details cuts since you have to drill a very big hole to get the blade’s pin 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. 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. 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. Changing speeds in some scroll saws needs a change of belts too. An electronic speed control is the best feature for a scroll saw.
You want vibrations to be at a minimum when you are cutting. 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. 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.
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. You can also use spiral blades if you don’t want to rotate the work at all.
You should also get the right size of table since it will be difficult for wood to be hanging off the side of the scrolls saw table.
Most of us have a budget for a scroll saw. Buying a good use saw may allow you to get more for your money than buying a new cheap saw.