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. These considerations will help you make an informed purchasing decision.
A saw that requires pined blades is not ideal for scroll work. The ideal blades to use for your scroll saw are the standard 5″ pinnless 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 also consider if changing blades is easy or not. You can have scroll saw projects that have 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. It is best to choose a saw where the arm can be raised and held in 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. You need to change belts in some scroll saws in order to change speeds. 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. Vibration can be remedied by placing the saw on a stand. Vibration will be reduced if you buy a heavy saw and mount is sturdily on a stand. There are stores that sell stands for scroll saws.
If you will cut very large projects, you need to consider the depth of the throat. The piece of wood you can swing around on the table while you cut will be limited in your saw has a small throat. You can also use spiral blades if you don’t want to rotate the work at all.
Make sure you consider the size of your table so that wood will not be hanging off the side of the scroll saw table when you work.
All of us are limited as to how much we are willing or able to spend on a scroll saw. Sometimes it is better to buy a good old one than a new cheap one since your will get more for your money.